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Letters to the editor, Feb. 9

Schools in Crisis

I read with interest Mr. Wilson’s visit to a Utopian Middle School and wondered if he had visited with the 13 percent of students in special education, diagnosed with a plethora of learning disabilities that impairs their ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell or calculate. The sobering facts: Autism rates are as high as one in 28 boys in some states, one in six has a learning or behavioral disorder, one in every nine has ADHD. Sixty-five percent have anxiety, behavior or mood disorders with the median age of onset of six years.

In a recent e-mail, Oregon State Sen. Mark Haas recently stated, “Most schools are ill-equipped to deal with mental health [and behavioral] issues affecting thousands of our students. I don’t believe most Oregonians realize how serious this problem what many believe is a crisis. This will also be expensive.”

Robert Kennedy Jr. has termed this group of children as “Generation Sick” with 54 percent of children suffering chronic health issues ranging from food allergies to auto-immune conditions like arthritis, asthma and eczema.

Mr. Wilson, let’s start asking inconvenient questions: “Why is there this avalanche of children with unprecedented health problems?” The answers are likely to challenge some sacred cow beliefs.

Michael Framson

Medford

Brookings needs healthy food

The Brookings-Harbor area is in dire need of a health food store. Ten years ago, we had two and a large section of one supermarket. Now we have none and a small section of that same supermarket. And there are only two chain markets for both towns.

The combined population is over 10,000 with the median age in Brookings of 47 and of 63 in Harbor, which means a lot of us older folks are on specialized diets, with no local products available.

This would be a great business opportunity for an investor.

Barbara O. Parrett-Eary

Harbor

Fake news?

Trump calls the news “fake” over and over again.

Can the press print some good news about him?

Would that be “fake” news?

Helen Donaldson

Medford

The 13th Amendment and slavery abolished

I cannot understand how citizens of the United States could be forced to work without pay during the longest shutdown in U.S. history. Please see the link to the 13th Amendment of the Constitution at: https://www.archives.gov/historical-docs/13th-amendment.

Hundreds of thousands of American citizens were forced into slavery at the behest of our own government. What gives? Are government workers not considered to be citizens under the Constitution?

Jerry E. Bayles

Medford

Trump should clean up the mess

My wife and I were camping in Death Valley National Park on Dec. 21 when Trump shut down the government but left the national parks open without any supervision by park rangers. Almost immediately we witnessed flagrant disregard for the park rules.

We also saw garbage beginning to accumulate, left behind by individuals who had no problem hauling their items in full but could not be bothered to haul them back out empty. We saw garbage piling up in the Mojave National Preserve and in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. We even found an electric heater that had been discarded.

Donald Trump stated he would take responsibility for the government shutdown and not blame anyone else. So I offer the following advice to the National Park Service as it works to clean up the mess left behind: Gather up the trash, haul it to the nearest Trump-owned property, and dump right there. Trump can pay to dispose of it.

It was Trump’s shutdown. The taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay to clean up his mess.

Ken Hawes

Eagle Point

‘Empty of news’ response

I appreciate the Mail Tribune for providing me with local news and events as well as national and international news. Isn’t it interesting when one disagrees with news reported, it becomes false. One of the services provided by the Mail Tribune is the ability to correct errors, but it is our responsibility to follow up by researching several sources deemed responsible by most critics.

One can only hope the writer of the “empty of news” letter of Jan. 29 has been equally disturbed by the stories published many times regarding attacks supposedly committed by young black men — stories which proved to be false. The one regarding the Covington school boys is still open to interpretation and they may be also exonerated. The big difference is this can be done quickly and in real time.

The 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 was horribly mutilated before lynching — before being found innocent — and the Groveland Four, killed or imprisoned for life before being exonerated 70 years later when the state of Florida pardoned them, did not have the recourses open today.

So yes, don’t accept every report without taking the time to confirm it, but don’t just reject it because it doesn’t align with one’s political views.

Barbara Dallas

Medford

PPL: Shades of PG&E?

Having experience in the electrical industry, I am concerned with the recent events regarding PG&E, the lack of equipment maintenance, out-of-control vegetation, undermanned crews and fires caused by electrical lines. Similar styles of conducting business can be seen between PPL and PG&E. Last summer’s fire in Sams Valley and other parallels are concerning. We have been very fortunate in not having experienced the troubles PG&E is having, and hopefully we never get to that point.

Allen Faulk

Medford

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