LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Bookworms unite

I've relied on my public library all my life, finding there the books I want to read and reread.

So I'll be glad to vote again in May to stabilize funding for our libraries, and to put their management in the hands of an elected board whose task will be to keep the libraries open for all readers across our valley.

Bookworms, let's unite and keep those wonderful books on a library shelf near us. — Nan Trout, Ashland


Strike lost my vote

I am an almost 70-year-old Medford resident. Our children all graduated from Medford schools. This letter is to express my reaction to the strike and determination to never vote for any money for all school fund elections now and in the future.

The past strike has convinced me that nothing the union-led followers of the MEA said was ever "about the children." The strike was always about the teachers.

I have lived and voted in Medford since 1964 and even after our children had moved on to college, I supported the money issues, by elections, every time they happened. No longer! My tax money has been and is being spent on other than education and I can no longer support such fiscal irresponsibility.

In private industry, when you turn out inferior products, you are terminated. In the education, union-empowered atmosphere, you are rewarded for your poor performance by striking and getting more money.

Shame on union-following, temper-tantrum-throwing teachers for their blind trust in their union leaders. — Dennis Patterson, Medford


Bicycle theft teaches lesson

To the person or people who stole my daughter's bike and shoes from our front porch on Kenwood Avenue in Medford, I hope you are happy.

My daughter has a form of high-functioning autism and is developmentally several years behind. She has always been very trusting. My daughter turned 14 in February. She got the bike for her birthday. It wasn't an expensive one, but it was cute and we were barely able to afford it.

We just moved into Medford. One night of forgetting to lock her bike was all it took. She also had her shoes stolen that she had left out on the porch with the bike that night. They were wet and we didn't want her tracking anything into the house.

Not only did you steal my daughter's bike (which I cannot afford to replace), you stole some of her innocence. She no longer feels safe in our new home.

Your greed and selfishness has cost her that. Not only did you steal the bike from my autistic daughter, you stole a huge piece of her that cannot be replaced: her innocence and ability to trust. — Dodie McSorley, Medford


Oceans are overlooked

Maybe because we are terrestrial air-breathing animals, some people think that air temperature is all that's important — despite the fact that we need water to drink and oceans for our seafood.

One consequence of this focus is that oceans are overlooked. If you don't understand the science, there might appear to be a brief slow-down in global warming. However, this is not the case. The slowdown illusion is a result of two factors:

By failing to consider our oceans, we forget that over 90 percent of the energy trapped by our atmosphere actually gets sucked into the sea. Although 70 percent of the planet's surface is ocean, since water absorbs energy readily without heating (a basic physical property of water), it is little surprise some of us are missing an important element in the warming equation. But oceans are continuing to gain energy.

A second problem is the shortage of weather stations in polar regions where the greatest warming is occurring. When records are corrected for this limitation, atmospheric warming is seen to be continuing unabated.

There is no slowing of global warming; the oceans are saving us by absorbing the energy; the question is: for how long? — Alan Journet, Jacksonville, co-facilitator, Southern Oregon Climate Action Now


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