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Letters, Feb. 18

Dog obituary appalling

I was appalled to read in the obituary column of the Mail Tribune on Sunday, Feb. 10, the obituary of a dog!

I have loved our dogs we have had in our family over the years and considered them to be a wonderful part of our family. At their deaths, our entire family mourned their losses. But it seems very insensitive and demeaning to those (human) lives being remembered in obituaries to have an animal next to their life story.

I am very disappointed the MT has treated an animal (beloved as it is) as though it were a human and published an obituary for it. Really?

Mindy Sakraida

Medford

Opposition overwhelming

I was truly heartened to see so very many articulate people who were against piping the Ashland portion of the TID irrigation ditch when I attended the Jan. 30 community meeting.

After a showing of hands, of the well over 100 folks that were attending, there were only three or four in favor. The many who spoke in the time available, were against the piping. They had well-thought-out, clear, realistic and convincing arguments against it.

I was surprised that, since the overwhelming majority was clearly against the piping, this did not come across in the article that came out in the Ashland Tidings Feb 1.

Beth Martin

Ashland

Thanks to Search and Rescue

Did you know that the Jackson County Search and Rescue team is composed of concerned volunteers? In fact, some of them may be your neighbors.

The volunteers bring to each search for missing persons (whether man, woman, or child) their regard for life and for their fellow man. These wonderful people take “my brother’s keeper” to a whole new dimension of care.

Some will bring their horses to the search, while others bring their dogs, which are specially trained to track people. Volunteers use their eyes, their ears, their noses, their skills, their time and their effort to find the family member, the neighbor or the friend that is lost. Some will walk, some will ride, some will rappel, some will dive, and some will even take to the air in a massive collaborated effort to locate that missing person.

Under the supervision and guidance of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, volunteers have contributed thousands upon thousands of hours to find persons missing from home and loved ones. Thank you, Lord!

They hope for the best outcome in every search — but, sometimes, this is not the case.

Our support, our respect, and our gratitude goes to SAR!

Jacqueline S. Glynn

Medford

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