I've been seeing iris opening throughout the valley and wonder where they all came from. Were they a Mother's Day gift, a sharing neighbor, or did they come from some distant land?
The purple ones in my friend Bertha Prewitt's backyard have a unique story that goes something like this:
Bertha was born in eastern Oklahoma in 1922, married her husband, Lawton, when she was 17, and moved west before eventually settling in Medford. In 1973 they drove back to Oklahoma for a visit. The old homestead had been sold many years before, the fences were gone and sadly the farmhouse had burned to the ground in a fire, but in the distance Bertha noticed "Mama's iris" and began to cry. Lawton quickly grabbed a shovel from the truck and dug some up for her to bring home.
For over 40 years she has been sharing them with family and friends. In 2005 she gave me a large clump to start my own iris garden, which has grown significantly, largely from the kindness of neighbors and friends throughout the valley. I am both grateful and proud to be a part of such a loving community. — Susan Bundgard Hatfield, Medford
I am retired after working as an aide and then as a certified teacher for Central Point School District for 28 years. I am also a parent and grandparent of students who have attended schools in the district.
I am still very connected to our schools. It is with this background that I urge you to vote for June Brock for District 6 School Board in the next election. June has been a dedicated member of the board for over 10 years. Her conviction has always been grounded in a desire to promote the best education for our children.
June rises willingly to the new challenges and changes our district faces. I want someone on the board with her experience, wisdom and reliability to make strong decisions. I hope you will join me and vote for June Brock District 6 School Board. — Susan "Susie" Moore, Gold Hill
A much wiser reform than the poorly thought-out bill, SB 624, that Sen. Alan Bates supports, which would make Oregon irrelevant in national politics, would be to select an elector from each congressional district by popular vote and two statewide electors on the statewide popular vote. This would both strengthen the federal system and almost — if not quite — ensure that presidential winners also are popular vote winners. We can do that now without waiting for other states to act, and maybe even encourage them to follow us. — Valerie T. Smullen, Central Point
Last Wednesday's paper on illegal immigrants driving lights a fire under me. The young man says it's a right to be able to drive and have his license? I was always brought up to know that driving is a privilege, not a right.
When you break the law by coming to this country illegally, you have no rights. When you break the law and drive without a license or insurance, you deserve to get a ticket and possibly go to jail.
I hope that by having the illegal immigrants register for a license that it locates them and punishes them for breaking the law. People who obey the law and follow the rules get the privilege to drive, etc. It's time the law protects us citizens and punishes those who disregard it. — Russ Vedder, Central Point