History is worth saving

As a volunteer at the Southern Oregon Railway Historical Society, I watch the excitement of children and adults enjoying our museum. Visitors can get inside and learn about a real caboose, tour a children’s museum inside an old wooden caboose and ride behind an antique railroad motor car. The most interesting aspect of volunteering is listening to visitor’s own history stories of Jackson County.

Since 2007 our society as well as 14 other historical and genealogical societies in Jackson County have struggled to continue operations on donations alone. We now have an opportunity to see these societies thrive again for generations to come by voting yes on measure 15-164. Let’s keep our history alive!

Allen Dobney, Heritage District director candidate

Gold Hill

Keep seat Democratic

There is no question in my mind, that the senate seat once held by Dr. Alan Bates must remain Democratic. There is only one Democrat running, and that is Tonia Moro.

Alan DeBoer stated in the Mail Tribune that “Democrats would be better off to have me as a Republican.” I will reject the Trojan horse strategy of this good man, who is most definitely a Republican representing the Republican agenda, and instead I will vote for the only Democrat for Senate District 3, Tonia Moro.

The only candidate who will express progressive values, representing working class families, who will truly carry on with Senator Bates’ long body of work in Salem is Tonia Moro. Democrats, please vote the whole ticket, vote Tonia Moro.

Mayor Darby Stricker


Thanks to Cow Creek Foundation

For another year, the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation has helped support St. Mark's Episcopal Church's weekly food pantry with its generous $8,500 donation..

This money provides fresh fruit, vegetables, beans, rice, eggs and sundry other food to its hundreds of clients, many of them children.

Thank you, Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation, for your generous support of St. Mark's Food Pantry and many other projects in Jackson and Josephine Counties. You are the best!

Patricia L. Ayers, chair, St. Mark's Outreach Commission


Those were the days

When coming back to Medford to visit family I always take in a North or South Medford football game in the fall. I kind of feel sorry for the kids playing today for Medford football when I look at the stands at a Friday night game and they are barely a quarter full, if that.

I went to Medford in the '70s and early '80s, and that stadium was packed every home game on both sides of the stadium for a Medford football game. It wasn't unusual to have 8,000 to 10,000 fans watching a game on a Friday night.

As I watched North Medford play Roseburg on a recent Friday night I was wishing these kids playing that night could have experienced what it was like to have a real crowd watching them and the atmosphere they are missing out on by playing in front of a stadium that is only a quarter full. I am glad I grew up in Medford when I did because Medford athletics was just a lot better experience for the high school athletes 30-plus years ago as far as fan support and turnout for games.

Bruce Clemans

Snohomish, Washington