Senior center fills a need

The Medford Senior Center was established more than 50 years ago. It provides Rogue Valley seniors with a place to go, people to see, and things to do.

The center is open to the public and non-members are welcome to participate in classes and many of the activities. Annual memberships are available to help support the Senior Center.

The center fills a void that many seniors experience. It offers games, a hot lunch program and a thrift store. Seniors from all over the region visit the center, where they can socialize rather than stay home, alone and isolated.

It provides a variety of volunteer opportunities that help seniors stay active and feel needed. Studies have shown that volunteerism aids the health, the emotional well-being and longevity of seniors.

Truly, the center is a worthwhile endeavor. Seniors can make new friends, feel useful, reminisce, and share stories about their life and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Come and have some fun!

Jacqueline S. Glynn

Medford

Less Trump hatred, please

After President Trump was elected, I was tempted to skip reading the various articles and letters to the editor on the editorial page of the Mail Tribune because I became frustrated with the vitriolic hate being written about President Trump day after day.

Several newspaper readers, including me, mailed letters to your newspaper describing our disenchantment with the constant criticism of our newly elected president. Several other letter writers said they did not agree with my letter. Good! In my opinion, that is what freedom of speech is all about. Not only conservative nor only "progressive." Both should be respected.

On March 25, I read and excellent opinion entitled "Neil Gorsuch wins the day." I noted there were no hate-Trump articles on the editorial page.

I am well aware that there are millions of folks who dislike president Trump and what he represents. But there are millions of us folks who are hopeful he can accomplish what he promised: reducing our taxes and our national debt. So I simply hoke your paper presents opinion articles with a little more balance, liberal and conservative, and less hate Trump, hate Trump, hate Trump.

Jim Chambers

Medford

Abortion information

The letter from Kris O'Driscoll of Jacksonville regarding Planned Parenthood defunding and profits has much misinformation.

Overall, abortions performed in the United States have decreased a great deal in recent years. Planned Parenthood is one of the few providers of abortions. Many physicians no longer perform abortions for many reasons — religious reasons, public outcry, threats toward and murders of physicians at clinic sites and requirements for hospital privileges.

There is little profit in providing abortions; insurance companies often pay for abortions. And yet across the the U.S., some women must drive 200 to 400 miles to obtain abortions. Many Planned Parenthood clinics do not provide abortions, but provide necessary women's health care — services not available in many areas of the country.

Kris O'Driscoll's letter would have one believe this is all about profits. No, it is all about women's health care, women's right to choose, which is all legal.

Anne Warner

Phoenix