Your publication of this report is commendable but given its importance it should have been at the top of page one.
There is no greater looming threat to humanity and human civilization than the consequences of continued anthropogenic global climate catastrophe. "The end of the century," noted in the report, is really tomorrow, given how long it will take our lords and masters to undertake and to effectively accomplish the heroic economic, social and life-changing measures required to avoid unprecedented disasters.
My own guess: the ruling class will do nothing to prevent the disaster as they cower behind their fortified gated communities and let billions of people suffer and die. And that's the optimistic prediction. — Gerald Cavanaugh, Ashland
MT's headline reads "Greenhouse gases nearing dangerous levels." Really? What is their true effect?
I refer the MT and the public to the graph pictured in the June 6 entry of Dr. Roy Spencer's blog (www.drroyspencer.com) comparing the temperature predictions of 73 climate models to actual measured results in the tropical mid-troposphere. Having done some prediction modeling during my career, it is certain I would have been out of a job had any of my work performed as dismally as these 73 climate models.
Since the International Energy Agency relies on models for its assessment of "safe" levels of greenhouse gases and for predictions of future temperatures, its conclusions are suspect. As for its venture into speculation about the future impact on economic growth and "most other aspects of life," this is nothing more than GIGO — garbage in, garbage out.
While IEA officials may think they are doing a public service by publishing the predictions, they do not seem to recognize their models have not been right, yet. They serve only to support a political agenda that seeks to grow government and limit freedom. — Donald C. Young, Medford
When the Medford Police Department got caught lying and making a false arrest, as it did in the Brewer case, how can it be trusted when it makes an arrest of SONORML's Lori Duckworth, using confidential informants who may be as untrustworthy as the police themselves?
When our DA prosecuted Brewer, knowing the evidence did not support prosecution but got him convicted anyway, how can the DA be trusted with any other matter?
When Judge White instructed Brewer's jury and effectively directed the wrongful conviction of Brewer, it casts doubt upon every local judge's impartiality.
When MPD chief George charged Duckworth with marijuana delivery within 1,000 feet of a school that was established after the SONORML office was in place, that's just a malicious and cruel act.
Medford, you have a problem with your police. After Brewer's exoneration, no juror should take the testimony of a Medford cop over that of a defendant without harboring serious doubts as to the cop's credibility. You need a new police department, and I suggest you don't leave that decision up to your mayor or City Council.
Consider this: We've never lied to you, and have no reason to. — Carl F. Worden, liasion officer, Southern Oregon Militia
It was interesting to read Commissioner Breidenthal's and Susan Applegate's opinions on the same day. Quite a contrast.
Someone from Douglas County thinking they are informed about Southern Oregon's financial issues — wasn't quite on the mark. Susan talked about Oregon's recent growth, led by high-tech industries, but doesn't know Southern Oregon if she uses that as an argument.
Here, instead of celebrating growth, we worry about losing essential services, such as libraries, which instead will discourage not only high-tech but any business to the area. And she doesn't connect the fact that our logs go to China because our sawmills have closed.
Yes, some Southern Oregon counties are broke, others are moving in that direction. Doug Breidenthal gave a more realistic perspective on where we are. He suggested that we give Sen. Ron Wyden input about the forest plan that's in process. Excellent idea — let's fight to at least keep what we have here in Jackson County. — Kathy Hathaway, Medford