Thanks for support

A huge, heartfelt "thank-you" to all the supporters who recently wrote letters, made phone calls, forwarded emails and attended meetings in support of the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center. The outpouring of support and commitment was gratifying and inspiring.

The community's enduring commitment to agriculture and an agricultural lifestyle makes our fair county much of what it is today — a beautiful and desirable place to live. Continue with us to keep farms, crops, food, woodlands and livestock the safest and most productive possible. — Linda Holder, Friends of Research and Extension

Schools are like plumbing

Alan Bates is at it again. He wants to increase spending on state-managed education. He seems to believe that state education costs are a natural phenomenon, like earthquakes, over which we have no control. If the price increases, we just have to come up with the money ("Legislators report," May 19).

In truth, state education services are an economic commodity, like plumbing repair. If Barack's Plumbing Shop hires more people in the office than are out fixing leaks, most of us will take our business to "Joe the Plumber" where the overhead and prices charged to customers are lower. The only thing that will keep Barack's Plumbing in business is if a state law requires us to pay him even if we hire "Joe the Plumber" to fix our pipes. — Kevin Edward Wallace, Talent

Thanks for careers expo

On behalf of the Rogue Workforce Partnership, I would like to say thank you to the 100-plus adult volunteers and the 300-plus high school students, their teachers and administrators who made the 2013 Careers in Gear — Youth Success Expo a tremendous success.

Careers in Gear is a critical collaborative event designed to bring career awareness to our region's high school students. More than 100 area employers donated their time, provided food and supplies, featured company exhibits, delivered training on workplace expectations and encouraged local students to reach their potential.

Funding for this event was provided through foundation funds and Workforce Investment Act dollars managed by the Rogue Workforce Partnership. As always, Mary Holbrook and her team from Junior Achievement, the annual event organizer, did a fantastic job of planning and executing this wonderful event. Thanks to you all! — Nikki Jones, owner, Express Employment Professionals, and chair, Rogue Workforce Partnership

Thanks for hard work

Kudos to the Southern Oregon Humane Society for the success of Toast for Tails, a yearly dinner/auction at Kids Unlimited, from which all proceeds go to help the animals at SOHumane. Thanks should be extended to Kenn Altine, Joy Olsen and all the rest of the SOHumane staff and volunteers who worked so hard to pull this off. Thanks to the sponsors: Little Caesar's Pizza, Southern Oregon Subaru, Tamara K. Abbett, Laurie and H.V. Hymas, Mary and Tom Hanenburg and Bryce Whitmore. A big thanks to Quality Catering, whose food was outstanding.

SOHumane made a whopping $130,000 this year, topping last year's take of $117,000. This is thanks to the generous folks of the Rogue Valley who donated all the auction items and packages, and the people who generously bid on them. We are always astounded by the giving spirit of those in Southern Oregon. — Terry Vance Sheldon, Eagle Point

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