LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Secession has little support

Nice article on the state of Jefferson idea being pushed by certain politicians in Siskiyou County.

I wrote a musical comedy about the 1941 rebellion a few years ago, and was required to do some research into the feasibility of such a move. The reality was that California spent over $5 million in the "Jefferson" counties and only collected $4 million in taxes.

Supervisor Valenzuela, the one supe who did not vote for secession, notes that today the state still spends more in Siskiyou County than it takes in. Financially, secession is an absurd idea for a poor county that needs California more than the other way around. Fortunately, it looks like the demagoguery of Supervisor Armstrong and her allies has little actual support in the county. — Jerry Murphy, Medford


Congrats to fire district

The 50th Anniversary of the Prospect Rural Fire District fell on Sept. 11. Prospect is honored to have a fire truck in their department that was at ground zero in New York City on 9/11. The community of Prospect has a dedicated, finely trained, group of volunteers that serve and protect the Upper Rogue area when emergencies and fires arise. These men and women are the latest in a long line of volunteers who selflessly spend hours and hours of their own time protecting the citizens and travelers in the area.

The board of directors has several members who have served for many years, and together with a strong chief, the department is enjoying its most financially sound times in years. Congratulations to the Prospect Rural Fire District for 50 years of service to Prospect and the surrounding communities! — Trudy Schaffer, Grants Pass


Charter allows intervention

Mr. Sirotkin (letters, Sept. 8) apparently overlooks another part of the U.N. Charter that reads "Nothing can prejudice the right to self-determination, freedom and independence, as derived from the Charter; nor the right of these peoples to struggle to that end and to seek and receive support." The right to "seek and receive support" effectively allows other nations to intervene in rebellions whenever and wherever they wish, including the U.S. in support of, say, the Free Syrian Army or Saudi Arabia in support of al-Qaida. Apparently, the Charter gives no equivalent right to the target of the rebellion, although Russia and Iran are providing just that for the Assad regime. But, the right to intervene does not make intervention wise. — David Churchman, Ashland


Responsible behavior needed

The poet Wendell Berry has written "It is no doubt impossible to live without thought of the future, hope and vision can live nowhere else. But the only possible guarantee of the future is responsible behaviour in the present."

Responsible behavior includes maintaining healthy forests, fisheries and soils and protecting our water and air from pollution.

Will our descendants be asking the following: Why did you (ancestor) allow corporations to get you to adopt values that promote short-term gains that destroy the earth's natural renewable resources? Why have you left us to fend on our own?

Today, in the year 2013, if we fail to adopt a reasonable guiding principle of sustainabliltiy, future generations will not thank us for short-term prosperity at their expense. — Louise Shawkat, Ashland


Turn down the music

We have been attending Medford football games since the early 1960s and have enjoyed the overall experience until these recent years. The music that is being played over the P.A. system is too loud.

We noticed many other fans with fingers in their ears while the music was blaring. The adult season ticket holders, who financially support the teams, would like some appreciation in turning down the decibel levels. The person in charge of the "rap style" music needs to understand that not all fans are younger than 20 and appreciate this type and loudness of the music. We hope the fan base doesn't diminish because of this issue. — Bob and Lynn Stafford, Medford


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