Rethink history measure

Paul Fattig's recent stories on local history have been fascinating and great reading. The stories offered a respite from news of shootings, natural disasters and other depressing events. Reading Fattig's stories has also enforced my belief in the importance of maintaining Southern Oregon Historical Society funding.

History is important and museums and other historic events offer residents of all ages a chance to get out and experience and learn what lead to present day events.

The Jackson County commissioners have so far declined to put a measure on the ballot to fund the historical society. I agree with an MT editorial that it should be the responsibility of the county.

The historical society, libraries and OSU Extension are necessary for the well-being of Jackson County citizens. I request the commissioners rethink their decision and put a measure for SOHS on the ballot. It is the right thing to do. — Margaret Bradburn, Eagle Point

Insurers are the problem

Humana, LifeWise and Anthem Blue Cross health insurance companies attempted to trick Americans into changing their grandfathered low-cost plans for high-priced plans, thus losing their protected grandfathered status.

They concealed information about the consequences of switching plans and intentionally misled policyholders to encourage the replacement of grandfathered policies.

So far, 900,000 Americans in California alone are suing Anthem and Well Point for their dishonesty. Humana was fined $65,000 for mailing misleading cancellation letters in Kentucky.

Americans pay twice as much as other industrialized countries for health care but receive far less services, and yes, we stand in line too.

Health insurance companies add zero value to the product of health care, yet we demand these vicious for-profit middle-men bureaucrats exist in a misguided attempt to keep out government. Government intervention wouldn't be necessary if the cruel health insurance companies had integrity.

I ask the "patriotic" tea party when they're going to strap on their guns and go intimidate these insurance crooks who are (again) stealing from them?

Or are they only brave and patriotic toward government civil servants who won't arrest or call the police on them? Cruel, unnecessary health insurance companies are the problem, America. — Wes Brown, Medford

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