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Letters, Aug. 29

Vote for change

I just read the opinion pieces on our smoke situation by Rep. Greg Walden and challenger Jamie McLeod-Skinner.

Walden tells us that he will be addressing the problem by convening hearings in Washington in the fall. Jamie McLeod-Skinner sees that we have to take real action on reducing forest fuels, dealing with the causes and effects of temperature increase and a lengthening fire season, and making sure that Congressional District 2 residents keep their health care as we are now more at risk for smoke-related ailments.

While Walden works with lobbyists and his caucus in Congress to repeal ACA support for the Oregon Health Plan and coverage for existing conditions (including smoke-related ones), Jamie McLeod-Skinner is listening to the people here and ready to act toward mitigating the warming and smoke plus keeping our health coverage. What will it be? Hearings, lobbyists or action? Vote for change in November!

Larry Cooper


Solve the problem

I can’t find one text where it says Peter never married but I found one that said he was.

If you think I am fooling, look in any King James Bible and turn to Mathew 8:14 and it clearly states Peter’s wife’s mother was sick. To me that it is real plain English that pastors should have wives as Peter had one. Hebrews 13:4 also says “ Marriage is honorable in all.” If I am wrong please let me know, in the meantime please get married and stop the headaches.

Bob Casebier


Join Alzheimer’s walk

Every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in our country. There are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, including 65,000 Oregonians.

Since 2010, Congress has quadrupled funding for Alzheimer’s research. This influx of funding — and the continued commitment of Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and Rep. Greg Walden — is accelerating progress toward new discoveries and giving us hope for the future.

I walk and fundraise for this cause every year because I dream about my children living in a world where they and their loved ones will always remember and cherish the wonderful memories that they have created together. I walk because I believe that all people should live and die with dignity surrounded by the people that they love, and remember. And finally, I walk because I believe that with the technology and research of our modern society we will be able to slow down or cure this devastating disease.

Join me in the fight to end Alzheimer’s. I’m proudly participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s Southern Oregon at 11 a.m. on September 22, at U.S. Cellular Community Park in Medford. Register at alz.org/walk.

Kelley Witters, Alzheimer’s Walk committee chair


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