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  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • The thing I've noticed about Ashland's Main Street reconfiguration is that the lines of vehicles going either way north of Laurel Street are much longer, with eventually a gap, a surprising interlude during which all the cars idling on the side streets finally have an opportunity to turn. Often, however, a car is trying to tu...
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  • The thing I've noticed about Ashland's Main Street reconfiguration is that the lines of vehicles going either way north of Laurel Street are much longer, with eventually a gap, a surprising interlude during which all the cars idling on the side streets finally have an opportunity to turn. Often, however, a car is trying to turn left onto Main, and all the idling cars behind it must wait until the second or third gap in traffic just to turn right.
    Meanwhile, the waiting cars are producing a lot of exhaust fumes into the side streets' residential areas. Knowing that auto exhaust has been linked to childhood leukemias and cancer, I believe our city and all cities should have a firsthand knowledge of the demographics of these diseases and be aware of increases of incidence wherever traffic patterns are established or changed, and act accordingly.
    Moreover, a report of the disease demographics should be made each year and included with the city newsletter with our utility bill. That way, roads can be intelligently reconfigured; and citizens, especially parents of young children, can make informed choices regarding the healthiest areas of town to live, versus those with the most risk. — Patti Morey, Ashland
    "No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States; and no person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the consent of Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign state.": U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 9.
    When the Congress of the United States grants themselves and their "staff" subsidies funded by taxpayers to purchase Obamacare, (violating the income calculation in the act that would otherwise exclude them), does this grant them "nobility status" without the title? Even if technically allowed, the statement in U.S. Constitution Article 1, Section 9 "accept of any present" means the present officeholders are ineligible for the subsidies they granted themselves during this session.
    I wonder at the thought process of officeholders that led them to believe doing this would be right or acceptable to constituents either paying attention or not. Apparently they believe the scale leans toward the latter, rendering it painless for them at the ballot box. Sadly, history has proved them right. — Dale Herrmann, Eagle Point
    I feel spiking trees is, in its essence, a terrorist act. The environmentalists have moved on to just as damaging acts
    Harvesting of the "burnt" Biscuit fires, salvageable timber, are such people. Their "scorched-earth" policy, or as they put it "the leave-it-lone approach," helps no one. Not only do they tie up in court the harvesting of already assigned sections of good forest, they tie up burnt trees for years until they are worthless.
    Go and have a look at the Biscuit burn and tell me one good reason that should not have been harvested right after the fire. We need lumber to build and the revenue from said harvesting to assist the local economy. What better a stand of trees then those already selected by God to be destroyed?
    Scorched earth is a military term that describes killing everything in your path. The old tree spikers have evolved with their liberal judge friends to stop all timber harvest. True environmentalists are the farmers, ranchers, hunters, fishermen, hikers, bird-watchers and the river and lake users. The constructive management of mankind's natural resources is the proper approach, not "Let it rot!" — Brad Martinkovich, Medford
    Obama promised you can keep your insurance and that you can keep your doctor. But your employer just canceled your insurance. Your doctor will not take the new insurance. The government website doesn't work. Come January you and your family have no insurance.
    When you eventually get government insurance, the premium will have almost doubled, the deductible and co-pay will have gone up. How are you better off? If you are thirtysomething with a family, God help you in the future. I'm glad I'm old.
    Who voted for Obamacare? In the Senate 58 of 58 Democrats, 2 of 2 independents, 0 of 38 Republicans. In the House 219 of 253 Dems, 0 of 178 Republicans. Who's responsible? Remember when you vote. — F. Moran, Medford
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