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  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • Oct. 19 was entirely centered around Jackson County Library Services. Learn-a-Palooza at the Medford library showcased learning, literacy and vital library advocacy.
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  • Oct. 19 was entirely centered around Jackson County Library Services. Learn-a-Palooza at the Medford library showcased learning, literacy and vital library advocacy.
    As Medford branch manager Laura Kimberly took us on a tour of the building, we encountered various activities that were scheduled throughout the day: a children's drumming circle and teen arts and crafts.
    Tech support Eric Molinsky and his son Andrew offered assistance with Library2Go, an OverDrive-powered e-lending platform available to library cardholders.
    On our return trip, we had the bus drop us downtown for the Ashland library teen program's monthly game night. It was a lot of fun, with a vast selection of games suitable for all ages.
    Altogether, the day was a celebration of Jackson County libraries: their vitality and importance. I hope that visitors came away with a sense of urgency to keep our libraries open to the public. — Cynthia Parkhill, Ashland
    For those of us not fooled by the sham of the "medical" marijuana lobby, the Oct. 27 MT article about the city of Medford's objection to HB 3460 was amusing.
    Representative Buckley and Senator Prozanski were in full tap-dancing mode. Turns out, they both admit that nowhere in the 11-page bill is there any mention of local control over "medical" marijuana dispensaries. Score another one for our brilliant elected officials for creating and passing legislation destined to be re-written in the courts.
    In the meantime, the city of Medford has every right and obligation on behalf of the majority of its citizens to keep these marijuana "convenience stores" out of our neighborhoods. One lesson from this particular debate is the importance of our choice of elected officials. A choice for an agenda-based, out-of-touch-with-your-values elected representative is not an informed choice.
    My vote is for the city of Medford drawing a line in the sand. If we need to spend a few taxpayer dollars to litigate the issue, so be it. I remain confident that the majority of responsible citizens in this community see through the true agenda of this thinly veiled drug scam. — Ted Krempa, Medford
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