Medford crime and bums

If you read the Emergency Services section of the M/T, you will notice suspects with no known address or an out of state address that comprise about 40% or more of those arrested each day.

One Medford business owner, on his way out of state Saturday, stopped in the alley behind his business to pick up some necessities. He was inside for a moment, and in that time a hobo woman stole his laptop from his vehicle. It was captured on video.

Those are the so-called “homeless”. But “homeless” suggests they lost a home, and most didn’t. They are transients, otherwise known as hobos and bums who parasitically prey on society through crime.

The only way to deal with these parasites is to drive them out. You certainly do NOT accommodate them with tiny homes and food! If a cop sees someone with a shopping cart who cannot prove ownership, the cart needs to be seized as evidence for possession of stolen property. You clean out their campsites often and unscheduled. You make things so uncomfortable for them they want to go where the pickings are easier. And they will!

Downtown Medford is a slum and getting worse.

Carl F. Worden

Eagle Point

Timber vs. recreation

At a time when the timber industry is using this summer’s smoke and fires to push Congress for a “fix” that just happens to be more public lands logging, it is good time to remember who the timber industry’s biggest competitor is. It’s not environmentalists. It’s the outdoor recreation industry.

Outdoor activities in Oregon, like hunting, fishing, camping, and river rafting, generate 172,000 direct jobs in our state. That’s three times as many as the wood products industry. Those jobs create a whopping $5.1 billion in salaries and wages and add $749 million into state and local tax coffers every year.

But no one wants to camp in a tree farm. No one wants to float or fish a river surrounded by eroding clearcuts. When the timber industry wins control of our public lands and logs the heck out of them, Oregonians with outdoor rec jobs lose.

The tree farms go up like firebombs, not old forests that have been protected and properly maintained. So let’s protect more old forests on our public lands. When we do, we are protecting Oregon jobs and the tax base, and reducing fire risk too.

Bryant Helgeland

Ashland

Vehicles get a pass

Recent Mail Tribune articles have addressed health issues and climate change. Despite the effect of transportation exhaust on human health, we still give vehicles a pass. Petroleum hogs-like motorbikes, cars, trucks, buses, and trains spew fine particulates that reach tiny hidden spaces in our lungs, nesting and causing heart and lung problems. Adding further complication, toxic ground level ozone forms when sunlight hits air containing nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds in automobile exhaust.

The results are lung cell damage, poor athletic performance, increased fatigue, wheezing, chest pain, dry throat, headache, reduced resistance to lung disease pneumonia, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, emphysema, and perhaps cancer. All lead to a shortened life span and increased health care costs.

We need more studies on the effects of pollution on our lungs — especially their role in causing cancer. We seem unable to address a problem causing clear and immediate health hazards. No wonder addressing dangerous climate pollution is difficult.

For our health and all life on the planet, let’s encourage our representatives to embrace electric technology for public transit and incentives encouraging consumers to buy electric vehicles. Supporting the Clean Energy Jobs Bill would be a good start.

Louise D Shawkat

Ashland