LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Ignore the Mail Tribune

It's election time again, which means that you'll be hearing more nonsense from the Mail Tribune's smear machine. My advice to all readers is to ignore the Mail Tribune, go read the Voter's Pamphlet, and do your own research.

The Mail Tribune is no better qualified than you are at picking candidates, and it has chosen the wrong candidate too many times in the past. Study the Voter's Pamphlet, ignore the Mail Tribune, and do your own homework. You'll be better ahead of the game that way. — Pamela McCleery, Medford


Re-elect Brading

We are at a time in the history of our state when most of our major systems are being transformed. Our educational system has the opportunity, responsibility and in fact a mandate to be in front of these efforts.

We have always relied on our schools to do more than educate our youth. This will prove to be even more true in the future as schools have the potential to again become the centers of communities.

As a result, we need leadership that turns this potential into reality. Please join me in voting to re-elect Paulie Brading to the Medford School Board because she is one such leader. — Rita Sullivan, Medford


Do your part

What's going on at Jackson County Fire District No. 5? Most special districts have trouble obtaining enough people to fill their board positions. We have three board seats up for re-election and four new candidates plus all three incumbents filing.

I'm grateful to all who are willing to serve in an unpaid board position. We represent many varying views on how to best run the finest fire district in the valley, and clearly care about implementing them. As a voter, please do your part, too. Consider what we offer, and vote. Vote for the candidate of your choice. — Bob Miller, candidate, Ashland


What is he thinking?

I would like to respond to the argument that recently appeared in the Mail Tribune (April 28). Sen. Alan Bates implied that Oregon needs to pass a law to equalize the pay of men and women, as if one's value as a worker is determined solely by one's gender, as if such variables as quality, availability, supply, demand and personal preference weren't germane to amount of pay. Employers need (especially in this anti-business economy) to have maximum flexibility to hire the best people possible — they don't need yet another regulation.

I am amazed that, in the current financial situation, Sen. Bates can be just merrily working on legislation that will further hamper recovery. I have a mental picture of business owners dog-paddling desperately in high seas while Democrats boat by, tossing out bricks instead of lifelines. What is he thinking? — Deana Chadwell, Central Point


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