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Letters, March 29

LNG not a good idea

Now that we in Ashland have experienced a four-day natural gas shortage caused by human error, should we question whether the Pembina Jordan Cove Project is a good project for the people of Southern Oregon?

Why are we letting a foreign company (Pembina) tear up our land and risk water pollution and fire so that they can export liquefied natural gas overseas for their own profit? If it is such a good idea, why don’t they export it out of British Columbia?

If liability laws could be rewritten so the board of directors of Pembina would be personally liable, I might change my mind. As the Supreme Court ruled, corporations are people when it comes to political contributions.

Paul A. Niedermeyer

Ashland

Thanks to Avista

I am thanking Avista for the restoration of gas service. I was so happy to have my doorbell ring at nine o’clock Friday night and see an Avista serviceman standing there.

It took a couple of days going without heat and hot water and the use of my stove to appreciate that which I did not have. Things happen, and sometimes they provide an opportunity to step back and realize just how lucky we are to have simple things like heat and hot water in our homes. Thank you, Avista.

Susan Meek

Ashland

Forest thinning

On a trip up Salt Creek Road north off Highway 140 , I saw a forest thinning project. The brush from the forest floor was piled up for burning. The thinning cost more than $1,000 an acre to do and reduces the threat of forest fires by 70 percent.

Over 600 trees per acre were left standing packed tightly together. If fire reaches the crowns, a devastating forest fire will consumes most if not all of the trees.

My proposal reduces the threat of devastating forest fires by 100 percent and won’t cost the taxpayers a penny. Imagine the forest on a checkerboard with black and white squares 20 feet by 20 feet. If we leave one tree in every black square and remove the rest, chance of fire burning the crowns is greatly reduced. Companies would pay to harvest the trees and clear the forest floor while creating family wage jobs. Win win.

Gordon Challstrom

Medford

Defeat vaccine bill

I oppose Oregon HB 3063, which would make vaccinations absolutely mandatory, and deprive children of an education if parents don’t comply.

I’ve been a Christian Scientist for nearly 30 years. Our daughter, now 20, has almost never been ill. We’ve seen swift healings of sickness or injury through scientific prayer alone, usually within hours, or at most a day or so (even flu and chicken pox). Christian Scientists aren’t against medicine; but turning to God as a first resort, there’s generally no need for medical treatment.

Parents must be mindful when making the decision to vaccinate. We must all make informed choices according to our highest sense of right. Most who request a religious or philosophical exemption from some or all vaccines do so not out of fear but from personal conviction based upon research and experience.

I’m for separation of church and state, and for freedom of choice. Protecting public health is vital. But medical tyranny is just plain wrong.

Our discussions shouldn’t be clouded by emotional manipulation, superstition, pharmaceutical companies’ influence or fear-mongering. Several years ago, Oregon Sen. Alan Bates, a medical doctor, helped defeat a similar bill, SB 442-3. He thoroughly understood the complexities of this important issue.

Janis Hunt Johnson

Medford

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