LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Ashland deer not diminishing

I read the letter from Harry Detwiler in favor of restoring cougar hunting, in which he stated that "deer populations locally as well as throughout the state are diminishing," supposedly due to excessive cougars. I would have to guess that he does not live above the boulevard in Ashland!

We recently moved here, and this area is completely overrun with ravenous, skinny deer that literally walk up my deck stairs to ravage my potted plants. I recently had to spend a lot of money to erect tall jail-like gates to prevent this.

It's not that I want a cougars roaming the streets of Ashland, but if a cougar in the wild would take out a few of Ashland's deer (I call them long-legged rodents) I would be ever so grateful. The remaining deer would be healthier and less destructive, as the competition for food would diminish. — Katharine Lang, Ashland


Fix building department

Ever had a problem with the Jackson County Building Department? I suggest your readers avoid it or hire an attorney and an out-of-town structural engineer first.

My problems included: I insulated one wall of a garage (fire wall) and was told I must insulate all walls, but this is not Oregon code. After passing inspection for wallboard, a subsequent inspector demanded everything be torn down and for the walls to be furred out 6 inches with R24 insulation. A threat to sue the department stopped this. Another inspector wanted new electric outlets just after an inspection had approved the entire electrical system. Complaints about railings on an existing wheelchair ramp, the decking height and attachment, an electrical outlet placed in a well house before the house was rented, timers on ceiling fans (which was not code at the time) ... the list goes on.

I don't blame the field inspectors as much as the managers of the field inspectors. Just ask any contractor in this valley who deals with this department. Time to get local politicians to fix this ASAP! — Peter Hay, Eagle Point


LNG pipeline a bad idea

I am writing to express my opposition to the proposed Jordan Cove Pacific Connector Liquefied Natural Gas project in Southern Oregon.

With all the ongoing evidence of disruptive climate change (and other social/ecological costs) associated with fossil fuel production and development worldwide, I am strongly imploring the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission not to approve this disastrous gas pipeline.

Besides the fact that such pipelines always leak and will cause horrific damage to waterways, endangered species habitat and neighborhoods when those leaks occur, we (as a society) need to shift to renewable fuels now to immediately address our climate crisis. Approval of the pipeline would postpone that critical step and escalate the risk to ecosystems, the climate and human societies along the way.

The LNG pipeline is exactly the wrong direction for Oregon. — Spencer Lennard, Williams


Thanks for shelter support

Thank you to Dr. Knox and his assistant, Kayla, in addition to the rest of the staff at the Animal Medical Hospital, for saving Cecil, the 3-week old puppy who was suffering from respiratory distress from aspiration pneumonia.

The incident occurred on a Friday in the afternoon. The hospital was willing to see Cecil as soon as I brought him in, gave him oxygen, X-rayed him and prescribed antibiotics after giving him a loading dose injection. Cecil is doing fine along with his eight siblings and mother, all being fostered from the Jackson County Animal Shelter.

Thank you to Dr. Knox and staff for supporting the shelter. Please spay and neuter your pets and opt to adopt to save a life. Every animal purchased is another animal not adopted. These pups will be ready for adoption about mid-July. See you at the shelter. — Lisa A. Frost, Ashland


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