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Letters, Dec. 9

Filling space

I’ve been a subscriber to the MT for many years and enjoy it. Nevertheless I’d like to make a couple of observations.

First, it’s obvious that you are filling space, mostly on the front page, with irrelevant copy such as asking for photos from your readers. Who cares about someone’s dog, sunrise or unidentified bird. It’s apparently easier and cheaper to ask for copy rather than have a reporter write something.

Your most recent effort to fill space is the ridiculous countdown to fire season. Not only is it boring every day but alluding to the fact that preventing wildfires is the job of our politicians is facile and sophomoric.

As far as I’m concerned the job of a newspaper is to disseminate news. More of that would be appreciated.

M. L. Moore

Ashland

Murals would add spark

I open my Sunday morning paper and saw the wonderful mural painted by artist Michael Arciniega painted inside the juvenile justice building.

My thought was, why are such murals not painted on large canvas such as the health and human services building, the county courthouse, the jail and so many more around the lackluster buildings in our city center? Murals could be of well-known leaders from the community besides inspirational leaders. It would add some spark to Medford.

Nancy Hanon

Medford

Slow down

We who are fortunate enough to live in Ruch understand how those who are less fortunate love to visit our beautiful valley. But please be courteous to all concerned while visiting. There is a reason for our 45 mph speed limit and common (?) courtesy to all goes a long way.

Last Sunday morning while attempting to get out of the Ruch Country Store parking lot onto Highway 238 I sat as more than 20 cars sped by with barely three car lengths between them, if that. Finally, a slightly larger opening appeared and I sped into it. Rather than letting up on the gas pedal, the large red pickup truck behind me continued his speed, possibly speeding up, to close within 10 feet of my little pickup’s rear end, blowing his horn and shouting into his windshield. Finally, he turned right, into the Applegate Christian Fellowship’s parking lot, with his arm out the window flipping me off.

Slow down, relax, think safety, enjoy the view.

Chris Christopherson

Ruch

What we can expect

In a novel, Charles Dickens conceived the notion of a government bureaucracy he called the Circumlocution Office. It was stuffed, nook and cranny, with incompetent professional politicians whose guiding principle was How Not To Do It.

I’m reminded to who and what we have in Salem. Judging from past performance, future expectations and Brown’s budget outline, we can expect the following:

The atrocious state of public education will be fixed by throwing money at it.

Wildfires will be ameliorated by formation of a study group.

The PERS disaster will be ignored, but kicked down the road again.

“Right-thinking” folk will have their “feel-good” buttons pushed by imposition of more cap-and-trade, which, while it will have zero effect on global warming, will nevertheless impact the pocketbooks of taxpayers.

The Democratic super-majority will raise taxes, with no need to “reach across the aisle” to Republicans.

Funds will be set aside so that Brown can sue the feds for unspecified grievances and petty irritations.

In a bright spot, the State Police force will be increased. This may counter some of the evil effects of Brown’s “sanctuary state” stupidities.

C. S. Chase

Medford

Afghanistan

To the author of the Chicago Tribune editorial, “The risk of abandoning Afghanistan” (Dec. 3): You admit that after 17 years and thousands of U.S. lives and billions of treasure the government there is too corrupt to survive. Yet you advise continuing a failed policy thath has no strategic chance of success, only unending war.

Your kids first, mine never.

Steve Soar

Medford

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