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Letters to the Editor, May 1

Support Golden

We are fortunate to have candidate forums for our upcoming elections. Thursday’s panel of four candidates for DeBoer’s District 3 Senate seat was the perfect opportunity to learn how effective the candidates are.

Sometimes voters get confusing or misleading information in voters’ pamphlets, and this is the best way to verify for ourselves. I was puzzled by the Sierra Club endorsement of one candidate when I knew Jeff Golden was the most experienced and effective choice for the environment. I called the Portland Sierra Club office to find out how they had made this mistake. They apologized for being short-staffed and for not tracking down a response from Jeff, who had been traveling outside the country when they sent their survey.

I believe it diminishes the value of their endorsement, selecting the weakest candidate based on insufficient information. I hope voters pay attention instead to Jeff’s excellent record.

Bonnie Johnson

Ashland

You can get a derelict RV, too

Not long ago, Oregon was considered a pristine, litter-free state that all who lived in or visited would not dump in. Nevertheless, while mushroom hunting recently on National Forest lands, I came across an intact large derelict RV (DRV); however, the next week, the DRV was burned out and left in our woods — dreadful.

I find this a disturbing trend.

This year a DRV was abandoned in my neighbor’s driveway. They awoke to an adornment of an ugly nature deposited in the late hours of the night with no VIN or license plate. Removal costs would exceed thousands of dollars, had not our resourceful law enforcement intervened.

County Commissioner Robert Strosser’s figured out how to help the offenders help themselves. His past law enforcement credentials paid off smartly and legally in righting a wrong, this time.

The DRV dilemma caught Oregon by surprise. The cause, in some cases, factors into legalization of cannabis and the consequences of temporary housing that emerged. Furthermore, the Oregon Trail “food” vouchers exacerbated the situation by enabling many to stay while living in a DRV and abandoning it when warranted, or in some cases, becoming squatters, diminishing precious state revenues.

Rachel Lee Hall

Central Point