LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Retain local control

Jackson County: Do you want Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative, sugar companies based in Montana and others based outside of Oregon, dictating growing conditions to our local farmers?

These companies, which produce unhealthy genetically modified (GMO) beet sugar for companies like Coca-Cola and Pepsi, are contributing massive amounts of money to defeat our Measure 15-119 on the May ballot. You can expect a blitz of phone calls and biased radio and television commercials over the next few months from the "Good Neighbor Farmers," who are good neighbors only to their controlling corporate interests.

Don't be fooled. Sygenta wants to grow its genetically modified crops here even though they are banned in its home, Switzerland. Use your ballot. Vote yes on Measure 15-119, and if you can, support GMO Free Jackson County and Our Family Farms. Let's retain control of Jackson County agriculture where it belongs: here in Jackson County. — Terry Stone, Ashland


Manor policy heavy-handed

Thank you and reporter Damian Mann for the coverage of the Rogue Valley Manor's prohibition against political activities by its residents that resulted in canceling a scheduled visit by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley.

The 900-plus people living at the Manor (their home) are among the most politically aware and concerned, best educated, thoughtful and responsible members of our community. Their various generations have always taken civic engagement seriously. As retirees and Manor residents, they contribute time, energy, skills and money to enrich civic affairs of all kinds throughout the valley, often as leaders (as many were in their pre-retirement lives and work.)

The Manor precinct voter turnout exceeds every other precinct in the county year after year. To deny these active and civic-minded people everyday rights to meet, debate, privately host and attend important events and (yes) sometimes to disagree is completely outrageous and heavy-handed. It represents bad policy and handling by corporate ownership, an attack on the rights of seniors and a loss to our community. Manor residents deserve better! — Lynn Howe, Medford


Do no harm

Another untimely death. Why? Because here is another doctor giving high-risk patients overprescribed painkillers! And now they won't be able to receive them as easily.

What happened to do no harm? Every day I read about another burglary, and what are they looking for? Prescription medication. What else do they have to turn to, heroin?

Oh, but don't let them use medical marijuana, what hypocrites! Has anyone died from using cannabis? I guess the city would rather have an abundance of people selling heroin. Instead of going to a legal dispensary to obtain medical marijuana for their pain, they won't be putting that up their vein! I am saddened for the loss of all your loved ones, lost to this horrible addiction. — Cheryl Hall, Gold Hill


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