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  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • Our news media are supposed to be informing and educating the public about critical news items. Yet we see three stories in the Mail Tribune (June 8-10) that focus on the severe drought gripping Southern Oregon without a single mention of the basic underlying cause: namely, climate change.
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  • Our news media are supposed to be informing and educating the public about critical news items. Yet we see three stories in the Mail Tribune (June 8-10) that focus on the severe drought gripping Southern Oregon without a single mention of the basic underlying cause: namely, climate change.
    Indeed, the only mention of man-made influences on the drought and its impact were to management of reservoir levels, as though the drought is a function of the way humans manage reservoirs to provide habitat for stream fish. The drought, the reduced snowpack and the serious wildfires expected this summer are the result of global warming. We can duck and deny the science all we want, but reality will bite us in the end — and we will pay the price.
    The only hope we have to protect our planet for future generations is for the public to understand that the climate trends and consequences we are experiencing now are just a foretaste of worse to come.
    Get a clue, folks. The cause is global warming resulting from our emitting greenhouse gases. While we sit on our hands and do nothing to address this problem, it will only get worse. — Julia Maria Rodriguez, Ashland
    Oh, please! Here we are in drought conditions and all the while allowing fireworks. It's nonsensical.
    Whatever happened to being content with a band that plays under a gazebo, having a parade that includes kids and pets and enjoying a picnic with one's family and/or friends?
    We can celebrate the Fourth without sparks floating up on roofs and treetops. Is it really necessary to invite fire? The extremely dry conditions in July and August will be hazardous enough. — J.R. Hunts, Medford
    Apparently only one out of 10 kids who receive free school lunches during the academic year are showing up at meal sites during the summer. A child hunger prevention manager is quoted as saying, "If they are not eating at our food sites, then it makes us wonder where they are eating and what they are eating."
    The anxious providers have even taken to chasing kids down at local parks to hand out meals. On the bright side, they do not report having to step over bodies of starving children who have already swooned.
    Of course, quibbles over what happens to mountains of food delivered and not eaten are beside the point so long as these worthies remain so worried that they dither in place. — Hubert Smith, Jacksonville
    The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) recently donated $75,000 to Medford's St. Vincent de Paul.
    OCF's Reed and Carolee Walker Fund provided $65,000 to be used for rent and utility bill relief. OCF's Coleman Family Fund gave $10,000, which will also be directed to rent and utility relief programs.
    St. Vincent's and the entire Jackson County community are indebted to the OCF for their generous support of those in need. — Rich Hansen, Medford
    Kudos to two of my old friends for nearly 40 years, Rita Sullivan and Bill Mansfield. To Rita, for the lovely letter about what she and OnTrack have been doing for years without a lot of recognition. Thank you! To Bill, for the many debates we had when we were on the City Council. I am happy to see that he hasn't changed and continues to speak his mind. Please, Bill, don't ever change. — Mel Winkelman, Medford
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