Don't cut old trees

There is a situation I would like to bring to the attention of the citizens of Medford. With all the trees being destroyed by fire there are still trees slated to be cut down in the city that would make our world a little bleaker.

On Austin Street in front of a neighbor's house, next to the Kids Unlimited Academy, there is a very old redwood tree slated to be cut down to make way for a sidewalk that no one will probably walk on. The Kids Unlimited Academy has been remodeling their parking lot and consequently need to upgrade with a new sidewalk. They have already cut down two other redwoods in front of the office they are building on Austin Street only to be replaced with tiny new trees.

I have lived in many other towns in my life, which took into account the age and grandeur of trees by allowing the sidewalk to flow around existing trees.

So, make your sidewalk, leave the trees and flow the sidewalk around them. They do not deserve to have their life ended because it’s easier.

Lauren Jontel

Medford

Fires and floods

With storms ravaging the South and fires raging in the West, you have to wonder how climate science deniers like Trump and his EPA chief are able to maintain their delusions. No doubt money from Big Oil helps.

It couldn’t be more obvious that it’s in our interest to reduce fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. How many summers like this will it take to convince us that it costs less to address the issue than it does to ignore it? Americans just don’t seem to get that it’s cheaper and easier to deal with problems sooner rather than later.

We have fouled our own nest, polluting earth, air and water. It’s killing us, literally and financially, and has to stop. Think of all the smoke and floods as Mother Nature yelling into her cell phone: “Can you hear me now?”

Some may claim it’s un-American, but eventually our energy policies will have to be informed by something besides greed. The sooner that happens, the better it will be for us and for our offspring.

Michael Steely

Medford

We have been warned

Watching the devastation from hurricanes Harvey and Irma makes people wonder why those in the hurricane’s path weren’t better prepared. After all, they were warned of the risk. Reports of $32 for bottled water and long gas lines (or no gas) have all been reported.

But we have also been warned. We know a magnitude 8 or 9 Cascadia earthquake will happen; we just don’t know when. There will be no knock on the door before it arrives.

In the past 10,000 years there have been 41 such earthquakes. They average every 250 years and 70 percent occur less than 300 years apart. We are now at year 317 since the last big one. For a great documentary on the Cascadia, see Oregon Field Guide: “Unprepared.”

Let’s use Harvey and Irma as our own wake-up call to prepare by storing at least two weeks of food, water and other essentials. For a more complete list, Google local Emergency Management, the Red Cross or ready.gov.

We don’t want to be in the group where the rest of the country is wondering why we weren’t better prepared. After all, we have been warned.

Lee Mills

Medford

Letter to the moon

Dear Moon,

Why did you have to go and make a spectacle of yourself with all that fancy eclipse business? Everybody knows that the moon belongs in the night sky and the sun belongs in the day sky. Why take it upon yourself to get in the sun’s way and try to block him out? He was just trying to do his job.

I suppose you thought you were a pretty big deal causing all that excitement, but look at the havoc it’s caused. Forest fires in the west, flooding in Texas, hurricanes across Florida and all those poor countries where they didn’t have much in the first place. An earthquake in Mexico and Guatemala. Are you proud of yourself?

Now I hear you’re planning to do this again in seven years. That’s outrageous. It will be a miracle if the world has even recovered by then.

So I say stop. Just stop. Go back to your nighttime travels and leave the sun alone.

Yours truly,

Jerry and Ellen Hauck

Ashland

Awaited demise of Trump

America, don't be discouraged! Either through impeachment or resignation, there will be a cry of freedom not heard in years in this country, inspired by an old children's rhyme:

Trumpy Dumpty wanted a wall

But Trumpty Dumpty had a great fall

All the Republicans with all their white men

Couldn't put Trumpty together again

Stephen Duclos

Medford