Good thing our Second Amendment provides a solution for overthrowing a tyrannical government. I bet any day now our armed civilian heroes will storm the House of Representatives and force the House Republicans to sign a clean budget bill. — Keith Shirley, Medford
So — the Republican House of Representatives has just voted to shut down our government rather than fund the Affordable Care Act. If the Republicans had ever done, or even proposed, any solutions to deal with the many problems with medical care in the U.S. today — its cost, insurance coverage portability, pre-existing conditions, uninsured ill people, etc. — they might have a basis for their complaints, but they have done nothing.
Their solution instead seems to be to defund Medicare. Their single accomplishment in the health care field in the past 20 years is funding Medicare Part D, which they did after significantly misrepresenting its total cost, installing the "donut hole" and preventing the government from negotiating drug prices with the pharmaceutical corporations. Some progress!
Perhaps if our congressman, Greg Walden, ever held a public town hall meeting, as the other members of Oregon's congressional delegation and both our senators do, we could inquire about these issues. I'm not holding my breath! — Charles K. Sinclair, Medford
Jackson County's official reaction to its own hearings officer's denial of Mountain View Paving's application is proof that the county wants to support a local businessman and protect 15 jobs. But that doesn't have to be mutually exclusive of the well-being of thousands of residents.
If Jackson County policymakers and employees are interested in protecting all of us, they would be looking for solutions instead of propping up a problem. And a stinking asphalt plant in the Bear Creek flood way and a residential zone is a problem, not just to people living nearby, but to everyone downstream of it.
There are appropriately zoned areas in the county available to Mountain View Paving, and I want the Jackson County government to use its power and resources toward that end and no other. — Joi Riley, Talent
Within a year conservatives will have seen Obamacare become extremely popular and they will begin calling it the Affordable Care Act. They will slam Obama endlessly for "putting his name on it" so as to hog all the credit. Fox, Rush, Drudge, et cetera will claim how the good parts are all Republican ideas that Obama stole and took credit for them!
And the people who get their "news" from these outlets will just blindly nod their heads and agree. — Jim Farrell, Central Point
Thank you, thank you, thank you to the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation for blessing the Medford First Christian Church with a grant for $7,500. This amazing gift will benefit many in our community by providing food boxes and dinners to those who enter our doors.
Thank you for supporting our mission in a huge way. It is greatly appreciated. — Alicia Speidel, Medford First Christian Church