LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Re-elect June Brock

I urge my fellow residents in Central Point School District 6 to vote to re-elect June Brock to our School Board.

June has been a longtime resident of the district, sent her two children through Mae Richardson Elementary, Scenic Middle School and Crater High while volunteering her time tirelessly on various boards and civic organizations. Her work with 4-H, the Jackson County Fair and the School Board highlight her dedication toward helping our youth.

June's professional expertise combined with her business/accounting degree make her uniquely qualified to evaluate the school's budget and monitor the finances of the district. She was instrumental in correcting the deficiencies in the business office from a few years past and helped guide the district through some tough economic times. With a transition in the superintendent's office impending, June's experience and knowledge will continue to be a positive influence on the board. — Larry Martin, Central Point


Bravissimo to Sjolund

Music lovers received an unforgettable treat from the Rogue Valley Chorale "Forte at 40" concert under the magnificent direction of Lynn Sjolund, artistic director/conductor.

Indeed the chorale, accompanist, instrumental soloist, vocal soloists and ensemble groups "celebrated the joy of singing" to grateful patrons. Bravissimo to you, Lynn, for sharing your time and talents these past 40 years. In retiring you said, "How can I keep from singing?" We all applaud you! — Margaret Brown, Medford


Thanks for mine story

Having formerly worked on a commercial salmon boat and as sport fishing guide in Alaska, I would like to thank you for your coverage of the release of a revised report from the EPA that documents how large-scale hard rock mining would be terribly harmful in Bristol Bay.

Bristol Bay, Alaska's incredible landscape and habitat is home to the world's largest sockeye salmon runs, not to mention more than 10,000 commercial fishing jobs. Incredibly, an average of 37 million sockeye return to Bristol Bay each year, making up about half of the entire world's supply. This makes the issue a direct threat to our healthy, wild, GMO-free food supply.

There is no way these valuable natural resources should be risked to a giant open-pit mine called "Pebble" that would dig up and store up to 10 billion tons of dangerous mine waste on site. Forever. After the EPA finalizes its Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment, the agency should take the only logical next step and protect Bristol Bay under the Clean Water Act. This is not only an opportunity to get it right for wild salmon for once, but also to fulfill our responsibility to preserve our critical natural resources. — Sarah Red-Laird, Ashland


Can't trust anyone

This living a negative life — where you cannot believe what you see or hear on TV or radio, read in newspapers or on the Internet, or are told by our elected politicians — is like living in a void. A good example is the unemployment percentage they give us, 7.5 percent. They change their methods of arriving at the sugar-coated 7.5 percent, while the real rate is at least 14 percent. Are we morons?

Our world is more taxes and their world is spending or printing money as fast as the presses run, and it all disappears without a budget or records for evidence. This is the lawless world we now live in! Plus, you cannot trust which party politician you vote for, as they are unpredictable and follow the money trail. — Milton "Jeff" Meek, Grants Pass


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