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Election letters

Editor's note: Letters regarding the election will be published up to the election day, but in order to ensure processing time, we cannot guarantee that those received in the final few days before the Nov. 4 vote will be published. Election-related letters should not exceed 200 words. Longer guest opinions of up to 600 words will be accepted for ballot measures, but not for candidate races. 

They don't have to die

The chilling statistic, "Heroin deaths have doubled across US," was reported earlier this month, an increase occurring in just two years, between 2010 and 2012.

What wasn’t reported is that there is a drug that can reverse a potential overdose death almost immediately if given in time. That drug is naloxone, and Oregon passed a law in 2013 allowing anyone to administer it after being trained. Since naloxone can be given as a nasal spray, training is very easy. Many first responders across the US now carry naloxone.

We’re behind the curve here in Jackson County. Let’s urge our local police and firefighters to get this training and start saving lives. And while we’re at it, let’s make sure the families of at-risk individuals are trained and keep naloxone in their medicine cabinets.

Claudia Little, RN, Oregon representative, Moms United to End the War on Drugs

Yes on Measure 92

Let’s show the biotech industry that Oregonian’s are wise to their misleading multi-million-dollar media blitz against Measure 92. We know that if companies are selling their food products containing GMOs in 64 other countries, they are already required to label as such.

Measure 92 simply requires all labeled raw and packaged food produced with genetic engineering to state that by 2016. Slick corporate PR is deliberately deceiving and confusing voters and spending millions to defeat labeling. This industry that told us DDT and Agent Orange were safe, is protecting corporate profits, while we and our families are again the guinea pigs — with legitimate concerns about GMOs, which contain foreign DNA, require huge and increasing quantities and combinations of herbicides and insecticides due to resistant weeds and pests, while requiring no independent health studies.

We have a right to know if it contains GMO and Yes on Measure 92 assures that.

Gaylene Hurley, Medford

D for Dotterrer

Dave Dotterrer has done it again! He claims that Alan Bates "voted to tax Ashland small businesses at a 40 percent higher rate than larger Portland corporations (HB 2649 - 2009)." Turns out that HB 2649 in 2009 was about a modest increase in personal income taxes on the top 3 percent of income earners in the state. The bill had nothing to do with business taxes! Colonel Dave gets a "D" for accuracy and/or honesty. Is this the man you want to represent you in Salem?

Victor W. Rogers, Ashland

Failure to communicate

The city of Talent's charter requires elected officials to resign if they intend to run for a different elected position. That requirement isn't found in the section titled "Council," it's five pages later in the section titled "Personnel."

The charter is 10 pages of plainly written English, but it took the incumbent candidate mayor and city manager from late July until two days before ballots are mailed to inform mayoral candidate Councilor Darby Stricker, in a council meeting, that she was in violation of the charter.

Darby, principled person she is, resigned even as the city manager and mayor tried to convince her to stay on until the end of the year.

Why doesn't the city manager know the city charter? Why notify Councilor Stricker in public? Why did the mayor and city manager try to talk her into continuing to violate the charter?

Vote for Darby Stricker for Talent mayor.

Joi Riley, Talent