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Letters, Feb. 3

Commissioners say no to LNG

I would like to applaud our county commissioners for looking at the big picture for Jackson County and opposing the LNG pipeline. Pembina should not be allowed to profit at the expense of endangering the natural resources in our county and state.

If you missed reading the excellent detailed reporting by the Mail Tribune dated Wednesday, Jan. 23, please go back and read this article.

I grew up in Humboldt County on the coast and experienced several earthquakes. When you are thrown to the ground, watch the earth move in waves, and giant redwoods sway from side to side, you realize the power of nature. The tsunami that hit Crescent City was just a shadow of what a predicted 9.0 earthquake would do to the coast and to the ill-advised LNG!

Again, thank you Jackson County commissioners for saying no to the LNG project.

Sue Dolf

Ashland

Poorly thought out

The decision to display a sign that said “F--- Your Wall” during the Women’s March in Medford when children were present strikes me as poorly thought out. Am I wrong?

Maureen Stewart

Medford

Contract for thinning

Last Aug. 22, the Mail Tribune featured a story, “Farmers feel the heat,” about dryland pasture ranchers running out of pasture feed.

If farmers and ranchers could be contractors for thinning designated forested parcels, these contractors could plant grasses, in between the trees left after thinning. This spring, grass and hay must be harvested just before the intense fire season starts. In some areas, the naturally growing native grasses can be grazed, but must be harvested before July by the contractor.

The state must provide training and licensing for local contractors, who can sell the thinned wood they harvest, as well as the grass and hay that grows in its place. There can be state price supports as an incentive. Thinning contractors can lease the land to others for grazing, after thinning. This kind of multipurpose land use is referred to as mosaic land use.

The state should limit the number parcels per contractor and limit the size of the parcels. The state must have an adequate number of inspectors, who will map/mark trees to be thinned, and do follow-ups.

Frederick Caruso

Ashland

No more campaigning

Political campaigning should be done away with altogether. First, there should be no more multi-million dollar donations! Second, no more speeches, no more rallies, no more TV commercials, no more signs posted all over the country.

Instead, every candidate would put together a video clip telling us what’s so great about them — not what’s so “bad” about the other guys. There could even be a preset list of questions that they must answer, e.g., how they voted on past issues, how many bills they introduced, etc. The cost of producing these videos would be covered by an “entry fee” of about $1 million, raised by the candidate and paid to a dedicated media fund. The videos could then be sent to every person in the United States and viewed in the privacy of their own homes. For voters without computers or access to social media, videos would be made available, free of charge, to schools, clubs, churches and various other organizations. This technology is available now and would make it possible for every serious candidate to get their message to all Americans! No longer would serving in public office be an exclusive luxury for the rich and powerful!

Carol Putnam

Central Point

The perfect wall compromise

It allows Trump to save face. It saves the taxpayers a lot of money. Whatever amount Mexico puts up for the construction of Trump’s wall, Congress shall appropriate an equal amount in matching funds. What could be simpler? Why didn’t our “Art of the Deal” genius think of this?

Peter DeGroot

Ashland

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