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Letters, June 24

Stand up and be counted

I am deeply concerned about the threat of contamination to our drinking water, as well as our rivers alive with fish Everyone agrees pipelines leak. Since the Jordan Cove LNG proposal crosses under our rivers and streams in over 400 places, forward-thinking Mayor Darby Ayers-Flood testified against this project on behalf of her city because our municipal drinking water comes from these waters.

I cannot imagine sitting this one out. Protect our waters. Come write a comment and then read it aloud to a FERC recorder. It can be very brief, or up to three minutes long. The doors open at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 26. Come early and take a number to make sure your voice is heard.

The hearing is at Ramada Inn in Medford on Biddle Road. If you’d also like to send a message to our governor, come to a noon press conference or a 5:30 p.m. rally. You’ll never regret standing up and being counted on this one.

Diane Ware

Medford

Not too impressive

Pembina, the Canadian company proposing the Jordan Cove LNG project, was recently in the news, advertising the release of their commissioned economic report. Not too impressive.

It claims Jackson County will gain 203 temporary jobs. We already have thousands of permanent jobs here, with local businesses that contribute to our community, who aren’t so blatantly trampling property rights, putting so many water sources at risk, and greatly increasing the occurrences of fatal wildfires.

The report also advertised the county would receive $5.3 million annually in tax revenue. Just think, the initial cleanup cost for the town of Paradise is estimated at $2 billion, which means the Jordan Cove project will have to pay local county taxes for 380 years to cover the initial cleanup cost of a town destroyed by a fire caused by a pipeline explosion. Plus, what about the cleanup costs of contamination of a river or stream? Add to that the economic burdens of increased crime rates and health risks associated with temporary construction project camps. This report is another glossy sales pitch that ignores the true costs.

Sorry, Pembina, when we add up the risks, they still far outweigh any temporary benefits.

Holly Christiansen

Ashland

Thanks to Parks Department

Several days ago, when we arrived at Holmes Park in the early morning, we were greeted by graffiti. Sadly, just another sign of our times.

Yet another sign of our times was that the good folks from the Parks Department were out with paint brushes in hand and made the park as good as new. Thanks to the Parks Department for doing a super job at keeping our parks beautiful and a joy to use.

Jack E. Shaffer

Medford

A wonderful life

It’s me, “Older than dirt.” I just had my 90th birthday. I was born in 1929, the year of the “crash” that started the Great Depression. I am one of the “Greatest Generation.”

I met my husband, Jim, during World War II, he was a officer in the U.S. Army Air Force. We had 67 wonderful years together.

We were blessed with one daughter, five grandchildren, 10 great, and one great-great. I thank God every day I was born and live in this great nation of ours. There have been a few blips along the way, not too bad.

Donna Lehnhardt

Medford

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