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  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • Recently my wife had a 4 a.m. fall in our home requiring the emergency services of the Applegate Valley Fire Department. The emergency response team was in our home within 10 minutes of the 911 call, stabilizing, comforting and preparing her for transport to the hospital. The fire department EMTs were professional, supportive and keenly aware of her needs.
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  • Recently my wife had a 4 a.m. fall in our home requiring the emergency services of the Applegate Valley Fire Department. The emergency response team was in our home within 10 minutes of the 911 call, stabilizing, comforting and preparing her for transport to the hospital. The fire department EMTs were professional, supportive and keenly aware of her needs.
    Often we go about our busy lives not thinking of the wonderful support those of us who live in the Applegate Valley have protecting our loved ones and our homes.
    We can now vote on the levy renewal to maintain operations including 24-hour staffing of the AVFD. The 7-cent increase of the current levy provision seems a small price to pay for this very valuable and supportive entity of our community. We encourage you to mark that ballot "Yes" right now! — Ken Ratcliff, Applegate Valley
    With Earth First! founder Dave Foreman lecturing at SOU on rewilding America, I am reminded again of crocodile boats on the Rogue.
    Being an avid fly fisherman, I am on the river a bit, from the hatchery down to Casey State Park and from Touvelle to Gold Hill. I like pretending that some of the fish I catch are descendants of the ones caught by the Indians we sent off to reservations.
    In all my time fishing, though, I have yet to find a crocodile in Southern Oregon. I suppose these swamp boats say something the way an $80,000 Hummer pulling a Pavati drift boat says something, but all I hear is an unbearable noise. If a person needs a drift boat with front and rear doors to get in and use their legs, I'm all for it. But crocodile boats? Get outta town! — Joshua Woodbridge, Ashland
    This is regarding the letter from the Rev. Caren Caldwell in the Oct. 5 edition. As a minister, I would assume that the writer is familiar with the Bible and the obvious stance it takes on homosexuality.
    Twice in Leviticus it is said, essentially, "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination." I don't know how the good Reverend gets around that, other than to say the ceremonies are joy-filled with excited and delighted attendees.
    Well, taken to an extreme, let's have pet owners marry their dog and cat. I'm sure the event would be a happy one with all the proper pomp and circumstance, but that doesn't make it right and the state of Oregon wouldn't recognize it.
    The same goes for same-sex marriages. They're wrong no matter how you spin them, recognizing the Bible as the ultimate authority in the matter. So don't chastise me as unloving or legalistic, unless you can show me in the Bible where you can back your position up. As for my vote, I look forward to my no vote whenever it unfortunately and inevitably comes to that point. — Dace Cochran, Medford
    Six years ago, we built a new house on blank land. That brought into the loop thousands of dollars in taxes that were not there before.
    Every year since, my taxes have gone up by at least $100. I look around and see other houses that were built, and are being built, that I presume are in the same tax bucket. How can we keep being in the hole on just everything? Every year I keep hearing how they're going to close the libraries et cetera, and they come calling for us to vote for new taxes on top of my yearly increases. Well, excuse me, but having just received my new bill that went up again, don't ever expect us to vote for another tax increase. Enough is enough! — Wendy Grammatica, Central Point
    Regarding "Our View," dated Oct. 16, you write in this editorial a supposed quote from Congressman Greg Walden and say he disputes this quote, then you go on to say, "Walden says he never said that, and we have no way of knowing one way or the other. But we are pretty darn certain that even if he didn't say it, it's what he thinks." Really?! Do you really have telepathic powers that you know what a person thinks? I generally enjoy reading contrasting views about many issues, but if you are going to quote someone, especially one of our congressman, I think you should get it right and not resort to this type of nonsense. — C.M. Lehnhardt, Grants Pass
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