LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Take the posturing out

Did I read this right? Rep. Sal Esquivel is upset that SB 833 was passed too quickly? HB 833 is proof that government can in fact get some things done efficiently without endless delays.

This bill is not about immigration, jobs or law enforcement. It is about ensuring that our roads and highways are safe, allowing only qualified drivers. Take the political posturing out of the discussion: All drivers must be trained, tested and insured. — Brooke Ashland, Central Point


Don't miss JFK exhibit

We can revisit Camelot again, celebrating the time the Kennedy family was in the White House in the sixties.

Joyce Halicka of Butte Falls is sharing her half-century collection of Kennedy memorabilia. She is exhibiting it in a lovely building at the Medford Center at the south end of Ashley Furniture. The concave front of the building is just steps from the furniture company and next door to Oz Fitness.

There is no charge, and the hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through October. Please, teachers, take your students on a field trip once school begins, to this amazing, fascinating display of history.

It is extraordinary and unbelievable that one person could gather and display hundreds and hundreds of items so beautifully. A handcrafted rush rocking chair that Kennedy used for his ailing back she has duplicated for herself in Boston for her collection.

The exhibit is so outstanding. I felt like I was in a small Smithsonian museum, but in Medford. Don't miss it. It is an opportunity of a lifetime. — Patricia P. Kuhn, Medford


Survey was limited

A letter in the MT by Alan Journet stated "97 percent of climate scientists agree the planet is warming," etc. Using the 97 percent reference as an undocumented fact, the author proceeded to rant about energy. Suppose the single unsupported fact diluted truth. Worse yet, suppose Mr. Journet's number is merely an opinion. Readers then moved by this alarmist's facts would be terribly duped.

There is a survey from the University of Illinois that queried by email 10,257 scientists, and 3,146 responded. The respondents were not a representative group of all scientists. Careful reading of the study shows a subgroup of some climate scientists was selected for one analysis based on responses to two primary questions. Turns out just 79 responses of the selected climate scientists were evaluated, 3,067 responses were eliminated. The study wrote that 97 percent of the 79 selected respondents support global warming caused by human activity.

Consideration of the UI survey, if quoted, must reveal that they only used some responses of all climate scientists participating. Other significant questions concerning the survey are also well known. The UI survey should not be a basis upon which to form restrictive public energy policy. — Ron Wallace, Medford


Use volunteers

I grew up in a rural community in the Northeast. The few branch libraries in the township were staffed by volunteers, and each branch's hours were determined by what the volunteers could do. This permitted the main library to be staffed six days a week, Monday through Friday, including evening hours and all day on Saturday. The funds that would ordinarily go to paying staff for all the branches bought a bookmobile that visited throughout the community on a rotating basis at whatever community center, grange, etc., that would host it and had an adequate parking lot to ensure safety.

Why in today's world does the answer always have to involve more money?

Is the answer that the union to which the library staff belongs will not permit extensive use of volunteers? Let's find out that answer and let the taxpayers know why their pockets are being picked again for the same purpose. — Elaine Wheeler, Central Point


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