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  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • With regard to Kathleen Parker's column of Nov. 6, in which she impugns President Obama for not telling us that many plans would not meet the requirements of the ACA and would have to be replaced with better-performing, more expensive plans: Fair enough, he should have said so from the beginning.
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  • With regard to Kathleen Parker's column of Nov. 6, in which she impugns President Obama for not telling us that many plans would not meet the requirements of the ACA and would have to be replaced with better-performing, more expensive plans: Fair enough, he should have said so from the beginning.
    But consider the environment in which he spoke. The ACA was basically a Republican plan. The individual mandate was endorsed by Bob Dole, Newt Gingrich and Orrin Hatch. It was the centerpiece of Mitt Romney's plan.
    Suddenly, overnight, when it was proposed by Obama, it became an assault on liberty. Obama was vilified for proposing to Republicans nothing more or less than their own plan. And yes, they lied about it, every chance they got.
    It would have been really wonderful had we been able to engage in a rational discussion about health care. And to tell the whole truth, the reason we couldn't is mainly the fault of Republicans in Congress who went crazy from the outset, over their own plan. In such a poisoned atmosphere, when the truth is twisted, what do you say? — Robert Keim, Talent
    On behalf of the board of directors of Applegate Fire District No. 9, I would like to thank the volunteers, staff and, most importantly, the voters, for the passage of our recent operating levy.
    The passing of the levy indicates you, the public, understand the need and are willing to support your fire district, not only with your time but with your tax dollars. Your fire district board takes the responsibility of overseeing the district very seriously and strives to make sure your tax dollars are well-spent.
    Our job is made easier by the caliber of the fire chief, staff and volunteers. As a team, they provide the expertise, dedication and time to make this the finest fire district any community could ask for!
    We thank you, the voters, for supporting your district. We will continue to provide the best service possible and spend your tax dollars wisely. — Ed Temple, board president, Applegate Fire District No. 9
    The Medford City Council thinks that controlling utility billing for water and sewer gives them authority to leverage that "power" to mug us at will, using our need for water and sewer to create a slush fund for bureaucratic excesses.
    In 2010, Public Works Director Cory Crebbin convinced Mayor Wheeler and company that the sky would fall if he didn't get millions for street repairs. I challenge anyone to show me where those millions were spent. My bills went up; streets are still bad.
    Here in 2013, they know Medford residents won't vote to waste more cash down at City Hall, so they voted to mug us and take our wallets by force, denying us our right to vote on city expenditures via a bond measure.
    Yes, police and fire folks bring value to the community, but they can wait and see in this economy with the rest of us; we are all doing with less.
    Most of us have been robbed of our home equities, The environmentalists chased out the jobs, so right now is a really bad time to play the oligarchy card.
    Please reconsider! — Roger Fredinburg, Medford
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