Thanks to volunteers

I rode with the Siskiyou Velo Slo-Mo group from Bear Creek Park south to milepost 10 Saturday morning, April 27. It was a pleasure to see a large group of Rotary Club volunteers working south of U.S. Cellular Park mowing, weed-whacking and tree- and shrub-trimming. On the return ride there were numerous bags of green waste, piles of limbs and debris and a cleaned up Greenway. Beautiful!

In the vicinity of Phoenix, a smaller group of unidentified volunteers were mowing and picking up trash. Little wonder the pathway has been looking so good. — L. Lee Purkerson, Medford

Center needs help

There was a letter in the paper recently regarding the Medford Senior Center. I asked one of the members who owns the center and was told that the seniors own it.

As a frequent visitor to the center, I have found that their heating and air conditioning systems are totally in need of replacing. The roof also leaks, which damages the merchandise they sell. Is there not a grant somewhere that could offer some help? In winter, we sit all bundled up to try to enjoy a bingo afternoon. In summer, it gets uncomfortably warm in there.

We oldsters are trying to support the center by eating lunch and attending all the other activities offered. For many of us, it is our only outlet for some enjoyment. Is there any help out there? — Ruth Davis, Medford

SB 633 is a threat

I am a resident of the Rogue Valley deeply alarmed by the threat that Senate Bill 633 poses to the existing and growing organic food economy of our valley. The growth of organic farming and foods are evident in the expansion of Amy's Kitchen, the Medford Co-op, the Ashland Co-op, Trader Joe's, the Growers Market and the many family-owned organic growers in our valley.

SB 633 would circumvent the right of our local citizens to vote on ballot Measure 15-119, a ballot measure placed on next year's ballot through the signatures of thousands of our local residents. Passage of Measure 15-119 would effectively protect the crops of our local organic farmers from the genetic pollution of genetically modified or GM crops.

Once GM seeds are introduced into an area, those plants naturally interbreed with like crops nearby, effectively cross-contaminating organic and non-GMO conventionally grown crops.

I urge our lawmakers to remove their support of SB 633 and give the residents of the Rogue Valley the right to choose the type of economy and agriculture that suits us best. — Donna Breedlove, owner, One Earth Landscaping, Medford

Candidates attacked

Two Eagle Point board candidates are using mudslinging techniques to get votes. Scott Grissom and Dan Hodges are attacking Mark Bateman and Brian Saling for having wives employed by the district. They are building hatred for unions to get votes.

Let's look at Bateman's voting record. He voted to cut days from his wife's employee contract and to cut her work hours from eight to seven. His voting record shows students and taxpayers are his priority.

Bateman has been on the minority end of many 3-2 votes where Grissom's vote has resulted in lawsuits or irresponsible and wasteful spending of taxpayer money. Grissom has even ignored requests by Bateman to get legal opinions that could have avoided lawsuits.

Grissom and Hodges' attacks are showing the divisiveness they will bring to the board. There is no basis for their accusations.

Vote objectivity and communication: Bateman, Meeker and Saling. — Robert Murphy, Trail

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