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  • Just a couple of points regarding Gretchen Hunter's guest opinion Sunday. Trap-neuter-release does reduce feral cat populations. In 20 years I've seen populations go from high 20s to no cats.
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  • Just a couple of points regarding Gretchen Hunter's guest opinion Sunday. Trap-neuter-release does reduce feral cat populations. In 20 years I've seen populations go from high 20s to no cats.
    She can quote studies until she's blue in the face but the fact remains cats hunting birds will go hungry 80 percent of the time. I suggest Ms. Hunter try and catch something that can fly. They eat mostly rodents and insects. — Jean Strong, Medford
    Here's to "Caught in the middle": grab your ankles, America! One hundred and twenty thousand people here in Oregon and across the country are in the same boat. They just cannot afford the health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
    People are having a hard time keeping a roof over their heads and food on the table. And now under federal law, the agency that collects the fines for not being able to afford health care will be the IRS. Are they going to take our homes now? This has really become a socialist country under Obamacare. I guess we the people that work will pay for the rich bureaucrats in Washington, so they can spend it in some other country, fighting someone else's wars! — Cheryl Hall, Gold Hill
    I certainly hope you have dedicated readers who read each article to the end because you are printing stories that bury the lead.
    For example, in the article "Caught in the middle; Thousands in Oregon can't afford health plans," readers have to get to the 18th paragraph to discover that the featured couple is in fact now covered by Project Access NOW, which should have been near the very top of the article and not the end. Anyone who failed to finish the story would never know that these at-risk Oregonians are now getting the help they need.
    In addition, the writer should have let us know how many people this program is currently helping, how many more it can handle, and whether other safety net programs exist. I would have titled the article "Project Access NOW saves couple with safety net health plan."
    It is obvious the writer is not interested in balanced coverage. Every "news" article should answer who, what, where, how and why within the first few sentences. These are the rules of basic journalism. — J. Woodworth, Medford
    Our governor isn't solving the problem with Cover Oregon and no one is showing leadership in the Legislature, especially Alan Bates, who pushed Cover Oregon on us in the first place.
    People are not getting promised coverage. Cover Oregon was to be the gatekeeper on legislative tax credits. Now, at great extra expense, easily one-third of all commercially qualified applicants are erroneously enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan. Do you think the feds will be pleased when they find we put 30,000 people in OHP who are ineligible? Why not have certified agents use the rating and tax credit calculator and submit directly to a company if they fall under the arbitrary magic income number for OHP? Then, send the application directly to the Health Authority to enroll in OHP. We need someone competent and realistic to fix this unbelievable mess. We need Dave Dotterrer in the Oregon Senate. — Fred Zerull Jr., Jacksonville
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