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Letters to the Editor, Aug. 24

Signs of concern

Regarding the recent article concerning advertising for multiple businesses on electronic message boards, there is more to be concerned about.

There is a proliferation of "in your face" advertising and a cluttering of the landscape with more and more junk.

The Verizon electronic sign that "sprouted" up at the corner of Crater Lake and Pacific highways is reminiscent of a small drive-in theater. When stopped, or driving by, advertising images are constantly being bombarded in your face. In addition, the city has approved a code allowing an image to change ever two to five seconds. Really?

It's not as if we don't have enough advertising bombarding our senses and our children's senses every day.

If something is not done, and done soon to backpedal on installation, use and size of these obtrusive signs, it will be difficult to limit what is flashed in our faces on a regular basis, or the damage it will do both visually and aesthetically to the city.

Well-thought-out cities are both visually appealing and comfortable to live in. The direction we are headed in that regard is not looking good. Beautiful and attractive cities have a well thought out plan. Electronic reader boards are not one of them.

L. Borum, Central Point

Homeless questions

Regarding the homeless, are we asking the right questions?

Where can they hang out, get food, drink, smoke, drug, litter and sleep, et cetera, in a place that still allows those of us who help pay for Medford/Jackson County parks, public buildings, et cetera, to have safety and enjoyment with our families?

For example, Hawthorne Park and Railroad Park have both been negatively affected by feeding the homeless. Are we going to let that happen again once Hawthorne Park is renovated?

R. Refsnider, Medford 

Investigate design flaw

The report on the leaking splash pad at The Commons indicates a problem caused by a leaking concrete slab, which cannot be prevented because no impermeable liner was installed beneath the slab.

It is reasonable to anticipate that a concrete slab in a water environment will leak, and the design should have taken that into account. The question then is: Were the plans and specifications for The Commons splash pad project prepared by a competent design professional licensed by the state of Oregon? If so, did the construction conform to the plans and specifications?

If the answer to these two questions is “yes”, then the city needs to deal with the design professional and, perhaps, the licensing authority for the proper remedy and relief.

David Argetsinger, retired professional engineer, Medford

Support a Gaza ceasefire

Senator Merkley is one of the few members of Congress so far who have called for an immediate and durable ceasefire between Israel and Gaza. According to U.N. statistics, more than a thousand civilians have been killed, and the overwhelming majority are Palestinian. The bombs and rockets must stop.

As Senator Merkley pointed out in a recent speech, security and economic development are essential to any enduring peace. A ceasefire must lift Israel’s seven-year blockade imposed on Gaza, which continues to prevent Palestinians in Gaza from accessing the outside world for trade, medical treatment, higher education and other opportunities critical to a dignified life.

I hope Senator Wyden will also speak out in support of a ceasefire. The Friends Committee on National Legislation, a Quaker lobby in the public interest, has more on what we can all do to support an end to the violence at www.fcnl.org/gaza.

Beth Gould, Ashland

What happened to crayons?

When school starts, 300 Eagle Point kindergartners will each get a brand new $370 iPad to use in class. Wow! That's where our tax dollars are going these days.

Whatever happened to the crayons, pencils, paper and picture books that I was thrilled to get when I was in kindergarten? Or maybe I'm just jealous because I don't have an iPad. 

John Hopf, Central Point