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Letters, March 30

Purple martins not ghosts

Although the purple martins mentioned in Mark Freeman’s front-page story (March 23) usually do not include mosquitos in their diet, there are several other swallow species that do feed on mosquitos. Many thousands of them make Jackson County their home from spring through early fall, and their pest control efforts are free of charge and also free of pesticides.

And, while Jon Deason may be waiting for his first encounter with a purple martin, readers shouldn’t think that they are “ghost birds.” A quick check of the online eBird database reveals that more than 40 different birders have reported sightings of purple martins in Jackson County in the last eight years with many of those people having submitted multiple reports.

Jeff Tufts

Medford

Two things

Very briefly, I’ve got two things stuck in my craw. First is the Mueller report (the attorney general’s letter to Congress): It sounds like the Republicans in the DOJ and the Republican special prosecutor don’t have the guts to call a traitor a traitor.

Don’t give me that crap about “not enough evidence.” I’ve sure seen and heard enough in two and a half years to convict him.

Secondly, the gun rally in Salem: Anybody who really believes that AR-15s and the like are “modern-day muskets” doesn’t have their head screwed on straight. If you’re so paranoid you need one of these things in your home to protect yourself, you should probably be in custody.

Jean Strong

Medford

Not good news

Results of the 22-month investigation by Special Counsel Bob Mueller are in and they are not good news for the country.

The key finding of no collusion between the Trump Campaign for President and the Russian government goes directly to the credibility of institutions that Americans rely upon for political impartiality. That includes top leadership of the FBI and the Department of Justice, the country’s intelligence community, the hyper-partisanship in the Congress and finally much of the media which passed along loosely-sourced, undocumented information.

The Mueller report will also, unfortunately, reinforce President Trump’s distrust of institutional Washington and bolster his trust in his own gut reactions to events.

Each of the above need to engage in a full reassessment of their commitment to American values and the ways of operation outlined in our Constitution and laws.

David Runkel

Ashland

Food for thought

I guess the old saying in the USA — “the loyal opposition” — really doesn’t apply anymore, huh?

You would think the left would be happy that the president of U.S.A. is not a traitor. But no, the venom is still so strong they are off on the next plot to defeat any political ideology they do not agree with. It would seem after

24 months they will never stop!

I just read a comment by an person from England on the Mueller report, I wonder does this apply to the left in the USA?

“Much the same as our Labor Party. Left wingers are the most intolerant hypocrites you’ll ever meet!”

Food for thought maybe?

J. Johnson

Rogue River

Here we go

Here we go again. Another run at our pockets by the county. They are using fear to coerce us into gladly giving more money to the government to build, I am sure, an overbuilt, opulent jail to house people who deserve the minimum when incarcerated.

The article itself points out that the public balked at this attempt the first time and that potentially people could lose their homes because of the increase in property taxes. I will see approximately a $380-a-year increase on an already high property tax bill without any, in my opinion, improvement in my lifestyle or improvement in services. How about using tax dollars from marijuana sales?

They only way I will support the jail is if we use a Sheriff Arpaio model: tents, quonset huts and baloney sandwiches, which is better living than some of our soldiers have overseas.

C. Geddis

Trail

Repair and maintain

I take exception to the four “alternatives” as presented by the city and mentioned in almost every newspaper article dealing with the possible piping of the Ashland portion of the TID ditch. The fourth alternative should never be “do nothing” (although that is what has happened for the last 40 years) The fourth alternative is “repair and maintain.”

Cheaper and more practical options are available, as outlined by engineer Ted Hall.

If the canal is repaired and maintained, we can keep an open canal, enjoy walking beside running water, enjoy wildlife, shady trees. No matter which alternative is adopted, the water will have to be treated for E. coli. There would be only 2 percent evaporation, and little to no leakage. The city will be less vulnerable to liability from runoff issues. All at a fraction of the cost of piping it.

Please visit Keep the Canal at ashlandtrails.com.

Beth Martin

Ashland

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