LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Getting insurance was easy

I got insurance directly from Moda Health. It took me all of 20 minutes! I went to the Cover Oregon website, clicked my zip code, Jackson County, not a member of a tribe, my age and no tobacco use. Clicked on "browse plans" and voila! There was a list of plans. I chose the Moda Health Standard Silver.

Then I went to the Moda Health website and confirmed that my physicians were in-network and my medications are covered. I do not need a subsidy to pay my premiums. I downloaded the simple, short application, filled it out and faxed it to Moda Health. I couldn't believe how easy it was!

The best part: I save $202 per month and get better coverage than from my old plan! — Barbara Stout, Ashland


What's more offensive?

I was surprised to read that the Duck Dynasty ignoramus has been un-suspended from his show because, "He really believes" what he says.

Or at least that's my interpretation of, "Stating his beliefs." A short time ago, Paula Deen was vilified and her businesses probably destroyed because she admitted using "the N-word" years ago.

Is that more offensive and unforgivable than a rant about African Americans being happier in the fields? Or homosexuals being bestial? Hiding despicable opinions behind the shield of religion doesn't justify the hatred that lies beneath that flimsy veil. — David Helphand, Ashland


Care for your pets

Give your loving pets the gift of caring. Make sure all your pets have warm, dry shelter from the cold weather, and fresh, clean, unfrozen water.

Prevent overpopulation of dogs and cats, and save animals from having to be put to sleep because there aren't enough homes. Have your pets spayed or neutered.

Make sure you understand the needs of a pet and the time and expense involved before you adopt. It's a lifetime commitment with huge rewards.

If you're considering adding a new member to your family, save a life. Choose one from the many special dogs and cats waiting to be adopted at our local shelters. Thanks for caring. Have a wonderful and safe New Year. — Leslee Freeman, Ashland


Thanks for response

Thank you, Medford fire and police. On Sunday morning, Dec. 29, I had one of those "whether to become involved or not" moments. I decided to become involved and called the Medford Police Department's nonemergency dispatch to report a fire in the Frohnmayer Park. Knowing this was probably just a minor fire, I hated to call the police and firemen to work this kind of problem. There could have been a life-threatening emergency where they were really needed.

I just want to thank the courteous MPD dispatcher who handled my call and the timely response by the MFD to handle the bonfire. — Jack Shaffer, Medford


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