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Letters, Dec. 24

Ban fireworks

Two moths after Paradise’s Camp fire, two weeks before New Year’s Day, and seven months before July Fourth, I’ve got fires and fireworks on my mind.

Sooner or later, it will be inevitable that we will have to ban personal pleasure fireworks displays. It will be too hot, dry and hazardous to continue this unsafe practice.

The question remains, will we ban them months before or months after a major fire happens in our county and burns down our neighbor’s house, or our own?

Dan Heath

Medford

PERS primer needed

First, thank you for your attention to our currently infamous but routine summer forest fires. Please do continue to keep us abreast of proposals and executions that may alleviate the fire danger and smoke from our valley and vicinity.

Now, in light of our governor setting money for another study, I ask that your paper produce a primer to help educate us regarding Oregon’s Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). Perhaps you can start with how it came to be and why PERS is so financially out of control.

Maybe your paper could identify any corrective proposals/actions that might address this financial sword of Damocles. Are we doomed to insolvency as some other states? Also, new taxes and requests for funding for our schools do carry the cloud of feeding PERS but not fully benefitting our children.

Thank you for this important and unbiased information.

Phil Koszyk

Medford

Thanks for grant

The Scenic Middle School Golf Club extends our appreciation and gratitude to the Walmart Foundation and the Eagle Point Walmart store for the $1,000 grant awarded through the Community Grant Program. The award will enhance the golf experience for several middle school students.

At its core, golf offers our young people opportunities for character building, a growth mindset, and best of all — to get outside! If you have golf clubs or golf training aids you would like to donate to the program, please contact the club advisor at matt.deschamps@district6.org or call the school at 541-494-6405 to leave a contact number.

Matt Deschamps

Scenic Middle School

6th Grade Social Studies

Crater High School Golf Coach

Character matters

The German populace in the 1930s accepted a deranged leader because fear-mongering convinced them of a “national security” crisis. Being stuck with him, they chose to make the best of it.

Now the majority of Americans are expected to treat the divisive liar in our White House as a qualified leader. Sorry, but no. Fabricating continual crises, then claiming to make everything great again is the same fear-mongering, cowardly manipulation all petty tyrants use. Bluster, bullying and unethical business tactics touted as the art of the deal demonstrate avaricious tendencies revealing that the boy, and his family, are just self-serving opportunists.

True leaders who govern toward a decent, honorable society understand that this semblance of character is less than admirable. That is, if one actually has character. Some people simply are characters. Like the less-than-esteemed and questionable “Christian” Pat Robertson, whose crucifix miraculously evolved into the almighty dollar sign. Or the embarrassing, destructive Republican Party, obtusely dancing the limbo while America takes note of just how low they can go.

The enormous difference between this administration and the previous one is clearly black and white.

Steve Sutfin

Talent

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