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Letters, Dec. 15

Compel the blowhards

I am glad I am not a politician. Thus, I can say that global warming urgently needs to be addressed.

We need to try slow down the rise in sea level. It calls for massive cooperation between the major nations, who also need to plan for the millions of displaced people when seaport cities flood and farm economies die due to drought. Walls will not suffice.

If I were a politician, I would remember Carter and Gore, who spoke the unhappy truth and thus lost a re-election. Our president said that it is not a hoax, but it is too expensive to do something about it. The French people are revolting because Macron did do something!

They feel they have to say that all is well, eat, drink and be merry; the economy is doing great. The Dow Jones average rises like a hot-air balloon, trust us, we know about hot air!

We the people must compel the blowhards to do the job we elected them to: to care and to dare.

Hans Stroo

Medford

Thanks to St. Mary’s

I want to share a special thank you to Wally Mikula, teacher at St. Mary’s School, and students from his classes who have come volunteer at God’s Food Pantry at Set Free Christian Fellowship for the past several months.

The students have helped set up the pantry on Thursdays, given out food and served the people on Fridays and helped with our clothing ministry set-up and distribution. They even raised a large sock donation we desperately needed to give to the homeless.

Their willingness to work and get involved is humbling and so appreciated. They even shared personal letters as to what the experience has meant to them as it changed their world view about people in need. They truly enjoyed it as we enjoyed them.

This shows how a community working together can make a big difference.

Chad McComas, pastor, Set Free Christian Fellowship

Medford

Kudos

You recently published a nice review of the Rogue Valley Chorales December concerts. Lynn Sjolund’s baton has certainly been passed to their very fine new director. What elegant music was presented at the well-attended Sunday, Dec. 2 afternoon concert.

Although we are not acquainted with Jim Collier, we are two of the many beneficiaries of his generosity. We understand that he has underwritten several concerts for other vocal music groups as well as the Chorale’s future seasons. Thank you, Mr. Collier! The quality of good music in the valley is, in a large measure, due to your interest and financial support.

Robert and Joanne Wilcox

Central Point

Presidents at Thanksgiving

History shows past presidents going the distance at the holidays. Serving turkey dinners to the underserved. Surprising service members overseas with an assuring message and a plateful of chow.

We should all be proud of our commander in chief, Donald J.Trump, for his wonderful display of love and respect for our men and women in uniform. An example of kindness only he can show in his bigly way.

On Thanksgiving he opened the Florida White House and hosted dozens of the veterans of the Country Club Wars. Treating them to pounds and pounds of caviar, shrimp and oysters on the half shell. The fine wines and scotch flowed. His generosity showed no bounds.The vets were ceremoniously clothed in their finest military garb.

Just one question. When did diamonds and mink coats become standard issue?

T. Alan Gielow

Shady Cove

A valuable service

M.L. Moore’s Dec. 9 letter titled “Filling space” found fault with two posts that regularly appear, usually on the front page, referring to them as “filling space.” I disagree.

Moore asked who cares about pictures of someone’s dog, sunrise or unidentified bird. Life is hard. The news often difficult to face. Seeing what brings pleasure to other subscribers does the same to me. For a moment I can smile, and think about what’s good in life.

Second, in my opinion the countdown to fire season is far from “ridiculous.” I applaud the Tribune for keeping Southern Oregon’s fire vulnerability in the forefront of everyone who has a stake in clean air, not just elected officials. Readers understand the Tribune’s intention is to reach and affect every person, entity and organization involved in this huge, complex issue. Keep up the pressure. Rogue Valley residents deserve nothing less.

Vella Munn

Eagle Point

Why a new jail?

I am confused! Why do we need millions of dollars to build a new jail to keep “bad” people in warm beds with TV and three meals a day?

Very many of our homeless people, not all, are sleeping in the cold and begging because of circumstances beyond their control, so we proudly build a few of them tiny storage sheds to sleep in. People are furious because we won’t let thousands of people swarm our borders, but we can’t take care of our own U.S. citizens. How about taking those millions and building permanent shelters with mental health help and helping these people get back on their feet? I don’t think we will need so many jails. You’d better hope I’m never homeless, because I want a warm bed.

Joanne Spannaus

Medford

Thanks for articles

Kudos to you and your staff for the excellent Community Builder articles. These informative reports, including the “Maslow Project helps youth reach high,” by Steve Boyarsky, and the “Belonging While Different,” article by Kaylee Tornay over this past month, were excellent.

Your journalism and expression of your Fourth Estate role and responsibility is vital to our healthy community. Please keep it up and devote as much resource to these efforts as possible. In this series of articles you raise the level of public knowledge and the quality of our public discourse.

This is the season for giving thanks, for giving our thanks to those who work to meet these community needs, and for your informative journalistic contributions. Thank you all again.

Ken Engelund

Ashland

Brookings Festival of Lights

If anyone is going to the coast near Brookings this season don’t miss the Festival of Lights in Azalea Park.

There are several acres of amazing lights — lights in the configuration of flowers, sharks, snails, whales, serpents, penguins throwing snowballs, dragonflies, deer and many other subjects. It’s an hour or more well spent — and all for $2.

It’s also worth it to buy the 3D glasses — I guess that’s what they were. Looking through them, every light has two tiny penguins on each side of it. Kudos to Brookings!

Tim Church

Ashland

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