In response to Steve Haskell's Sept. 3 letter, "Health care act is set to go," there are always two sides to every story, although I will agree with him that "it matters a lot."
I work for the U.S. Postal Service, and two years ago they implemented a new workforce of folks who have some of our benefits, but not all. These new workers are called PSEs (Postal Support Employees). The USPS also thought it mattered a lot, and decided it did not want to jump on the health care act bandwagon, so it has cut back all the PSEs to a 30-hour work week.
These people will now be working up to 10 hours less weekly, and suffering the pay loss, and the USPS doesn't have to pay for health benefits. I will also be letting Greg Walden know how this affects postal employees.
This is the other side of the story. As a registered independent, I am not as sure as Mr. Haskell is as to who is "spreading fear and bad information." — Karen Gordon, Central Point
The generous and wise support of the Craterian Theater in staging Doug Warner's local dramatic productions has become theater at its best.
On a tiny budget Warner takes us back to the words and story of the great master writers, away from all the millions spent on staging and costumes at Shakespeare.
Presila Quinby creates a new "Amanda" in Tennessee Williams' masterpiece, "The Glass Menagerie," closer to what Williams intended, and the other cast members are great.
How wonderful to get away from all the razzmatazz of OSF's productions now, and the near hundred dollar tickets, to see theater about the play! Bravo! — Leah EV Ireland, Ashland
Reference is made to your "Shading the truth" editorial of Sunday, Sept. 1. You wrote, "Anti-logging ad campaign is misleading ... ." That is absolutely not true, and your editorial, itself, is misleading!
When one searches the words "Oregon, Home of the Clearcut," he finds examples of the truth! If you don't believe that, just take a trip over the Rogue-Umpqua Divide on Highway 227 to Tiller, and when you get to the top of the divide you'll see examples of that "truth." The clearcuts are all through that country, and they are like moth holes in the fabric of the forest canopy.
It is "news" to me that "not all clear cuts are bad." But nevertheless, could you elucidate on what possible "careful planning," as you wrote, would be necessary to go into small clear cuts, other than their boundaries?
I think your phrase of "careful planning of small clear cuts" is just silly! That phrase implies detailed planning, but it shouldn't be all that complicated, if it is necessary. — Fred Fleetwood, Trail
Medford Police Chief Tim George is quoted by the MT as saying he is actually encouraged by the (increased) number of weapons violations because it means (he says) more weapons are out of the hands of felons (148 this year compared with 94 a year earlier). Under that method of reasoning, the police chief should be overjoyed if the number of weapons violations should double and practically delirious should they increase tenfold.
Suppose the chief has read the tea leaves incorrectly. Suppose that each case was actually what it was — a criminal act. And further suppose that the supply of weapons has increased so greatly as to have the violations represent but a tiny fraction of the weapons out there. Suppose that persons in Medford, felons and would-be felons alike, under existing laws and practices, could and do obtain any and all weapons they may need or want — would the chief still be "encouraged" by the numbers? — Seymour Collins, Ashland