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Letters, March 11

Wrestling tournament overlooked

We attended an exciting sporting event this past weekend at Crater High School. Sadly, there was no media coverage of this event, that was filled to overflowing with parents, grandparents and people of all ages.

These young, middle-school athletes were competing for the honor to attend the state wrestling meet the next weekend in Woodburn. Girl and boy wrestlers put on a gallant showing to present their skills. They looked like professional athletes as they demonstrated a very high quality of skill and good sportsmanship.

These kids came from all over Southern Oregon, (40-plus schools were represented), from Roseburg, Glide, Eagle Point, Central Point, Lakeview, Rogue River, the coast, Grants Pass and the Rogue Valley. I still did not name all who were there.

This is a big deal for these athletes and their families. A lot of them will continue on to be the next group of athletes to represent this sport, which is a big deal in Oregon.

They need all the encouragement, credit and support that we as a community can provide. Many thanks go to all the coaches, volunteers and sponsors who helped to make this a very inspiring and exciting event.

Bob Isom

Gold Hill

Save the Randall

Losing the Randall Theatre would be like losing my home — what am I saying? It would be losing my home! Many others, from the youths they teach (such as myself), to adults would say the same.

The odd (to say the least) mix of characters you see in all of the theater’s shows might never have met like-minded people, were it not for this single, tiny nonprofit, whose owners are never afraid to be generous. Despite what people say about downtown Medford, I’ve never felt safer in my life! It is truly a place like no other.

Putting all the mush and gush aside, we are forced to face the truth: The Randall might not make it! What will the actors do? Where will all of us weirdos go?

My oddball friends and I beg of the general public to open their hearts and see a show. They’re doing “A Comedy of Tenors” until March 17. Donate. If you won’t donate or see a show, tell someone else to donate!

Trina Minko


Get involved

Trouble ahead. The annual amount of carbon dioxide emissions nationally from coal, petroleum, natural gas and biomass into our atmosphere has not changed since 1975. According to the Monthly Energy Review published by the U.S. government, every year about five thousand million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions have been produced, causing the effect of warming our planet.

If you see a problem here, then seriously consider what Oregon can do to help reduce emissions, even though we are small potatoes. The legislative path created in 2007 was voluntary and has not put a dent in reducing harmful emissions.

That’s the basis for Oregon House Bill 2020. Think of the proposal as a rationing plan based on solid science and sound public policy. If we want to change this flat-line trend, we need to think big and act boldly. Small steps won’t work.

Do your homework, consider your sources of information, and get involved. Other states are leading the way with success. And consider that the petroleum industry is a major lobbyist in Salem and recall the fliers from the LNG folks. Don’t settle for one-liners. This is a long-term, complicated matter. Show your support with words and deeds.

Steve Haskell


County not the driest

While I agree with the goals of Gary Hill (“Outlaw fireworks in Jackson County,” March 3), I must make a correction to his opening sentence, “Jackson County is one of the driest areas in the state of Oregon.”

In fact, over 60 percent of Oregon, most of the area east of the Cascades, is drier (Atlas of Oregon, 2001, pp. 154–157). And, the Bend/Redmond area has less than half the annual precipitation of the Medford area, as do The Dalles, Klamath Falls, Lakeview and Pendleton. Hill has a good point about banning fireworks, but his mistaken opening sentence casts suspicion on other facts, and therefore the opinions, presented in the rest of his piece.

Lawrence Andreas


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