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  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • Why have only a few neighborhoods been selected for significant rezoning?
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  • Why have only a few neighborhoods been selected for significant rezoning?
    Why concentrate two-thirds of additional high-density housing in a northeast Medford neighborhood, presently zoned residential, where there are no parks, no bus stops, no schools, no designated open space, no recreational space, no local businesses, and far from city services? Why not start fresh and make smaller changes in more neighborhoods with the goal of increasing mixed use in all of Medford? — Kathy Fennell, Medford
    "The town was crippled with fear and many innocent lives were taken — even those who looked dangerous — through no fault of their own, were killed. The witch hunt had begun ..."
    No, we are not in Salem and the year is not 1692. Why, then, are we persecuting others simply because of their looks or because of what we think they might do? Why are dogs getting punished instead of their owners?
    As stated in the Mail Tribune (Jan. 10), "... a vicious dog that has attacked someone is euthanized, but the owner just buys another dog to replace it." Does this even surprise anyone? Why is this allowed to continue?
    We cannot fix something that is broken until we target the source of the problem. When laws are broken, the offenders should not only do real jail time, but they should also be banned from owning pets or living in the presence of any — since we know how "accommodating" family members can be.
    Dogs are not weapons, burglar alarms or status symbols; they are living beings and should be treated as such. Yes, the laws do need to change — not because the breed has failed us, but because we have failed the breed. — Ruby Celeste, White City
    I'm an animal lover of all kinds, especially dogs, and I know that pit bulls can be gentle and faithful and kind. But it should be kept in mind that they have been bred to kill ... hence the name "pit bull." They were bred to fight to the death in an open pit where onlookers could shout and bet on which one would be the winner. That instinct still prevails in the breed.
    When my friend and I were attacked by pit bulls on a mountain trail in the Applegate while out riding our horses two years ago, the owner insisted that they were "just playing." But both my friend and I were thrown to the ground, and the dogs bit and chased our horses for several miles before they were caught. The owner was not fined and the dogs were not confined, even though my husband contacted the Jackson County animal shelter and photos were taken of the horses' injuries from the attack.
    I believe there needs to be restrictions on all dangerous breeds of dogs, and that leashes should be required whenever they are on public property. A pit bull is a dangerous breed. — Joan Peterson, Applegate
    The Jan. 10 article titled "Mystery in the mist" showed a glowing orb in the mist photographed by an elk hunter that was thought to be inexplicable and possibly having some spiritual import.
    In fact, this is a well-known phenomenon known as a "Glory" that occurs in the mist with the sun at a low angle from behind the observer. It is due to backscattering of the light by water droplets similar to a rainbow and the observer's shadow is always evident in the middle of the orb. Further info and images can be seen on the internet at www.atoptics.com.uk. — Ted Gibbs, Ashland
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