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Letters, Feb. 24

Don’t lower the voting age

Please — someone explain to me why a 16-year-old, who isn’t even a high-school graduate, should be able to vote in elections that are so important to our futures? Do most 16-year-olds have the experience and understanding of the issues facing our state and nation? This proposal should actually be the other way around — raise the voting age.

N. Shaw

Central Point

Really?

Mindy Sakraida is “appalled” that the Tribune published an obit for a beloved pet. (Feb. 18). ... Really?

With the state of our country and the world today it seems to me there are far more important things to be “appalled” by.

Mary Lewis

Medford

Supporting Uproot Farm

This letter is in support of Uproot Hillside Pasture Raised Chicken and Heritage Pork Farm.

Two points, first is to attest to how approachable these two farmers are, second what they mean to me, my husband and our healthy living.

I met Uproot farmers at the Medford farmers market. I needed a source for pastured chickens and humanely raised pork. I have food sensitivities that make conventional foods unavailable to me.

Discussing my many needs with the Uproot farmers, their response was, “we can work with that, we are looking to be a source for people with special food needs, we are looking to accommodate our customers.”

Second is Uproot’s disclosure of the ways they raise and feed their animals. My husband and I are semi-retired; we choose between paying the farmer or paying the doctor. We choose the much more affordable farmer. We can only afford to eat as we have been advised. When we eat meat, we choose Uproot meats.

I know these farmers would work with their neighbors just as they have worked with me to find solutions to any noted problems. These are passionate people looking to be the difference.

Maggie Felling

Medford

Rent control unfair

As a landlord for 25-plus years I may have a bias, but the Oregon Legislature is biased against the owners of residential rental properties.

The expenses (minus financing) of the operating rentals include taxes, utilities, management, repairs and improvements. Those items do not have a cost control. The demand for rentals ebbs and flows with economic and population numbers. Our land-use laws restrict development along with ever-increasing development costs.

The costs of PERS and other government costs keep going up each year. Perhaps we should apply the same controls on those as we apply to residential rentals. The Oregon government is taking ownership of the rental properties through restrictive laws, biased against the landlord (as if they are some evildoers) and now restricting our ability to decide the value of our product (housing). None of our expenses have controls. This move has impacted the value of private sector residential rental properties.

So, based on the theory of rent control (on housing), when is the Legislature going to put price controls on food products, which is another basic need? Beware of the old adage: The camel starts with his nose in the tent and pretty soon he takes over the tent.

Kathie Kennedy

Medford

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