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Letters, Dec. 22

Christmas lights lacking

We chuckle every time I see your request for “We’re making a list” of Holiday lights. I can tell you fore sure that the city of Medford wont be on that list.

Over the last few years we have been so disappointed in the lack of holiday decorations in town. Even the small outlying towns have more decorations than we do. The only thing we can see down town is one scrabbly old tree with a few lights and about $10 worth of tinsel on it.

If it weren’t for the local merchants decorating their store fronts you wouldn’t even know it was the holidays. I think the Grinch is working down at City Hall.

Hobart and Barb Kline


Editorial repeats error

Sunday’s editorial about the viaduct and the proposed “mega corridor” repeats an error that plays largely in the many myths about the siting of the I-5 route through Medford.

You write that “local civic leaders and legislators enlisted the backing of Glenn Jackson, the chairman of the state Highway Commission” to choose the Bear Creek route for the new interstate highway. Glenn Jackson wasn’t elected chairman until after construction on the viaduct had already begun.

You can find accurate information about the siting on my Southern Oregon

history web site here.

Ben Truwe


I’ve had it

I’ve had it with this governor who calls herself a Democrat and an environmentalist. For over 14 years Oregon citizens have been fighting natural gas companies from Canada. Enough! They want to run a three-foot-diameter, high pressure gas pipe through Southern Oregon under over 200 rivers and streams. It would end up at an export facility in Coos Bay and would be the biggest polluter in the state!

Our governor appears silent and will not pick a side. She won’t speak up for Oregon citizens. This pipeline goes through over 200 pieces of private property. How would you like that in your backyard?

These are Oregon and U.S. citizens, that pay property taxes and income taxes, and they vote. This Canadian pipeline company does none of that! But Gov. Brown has decided to pick a foreign country’s gas pipeline over Oregon citizens.

I congratulate the 21 Oregon citizens arrested at the Capitol for trespassing and refusing to leave until the governor talked to them! Gov. Brown needs to step up and do the right thing. We have suffered long enough.

Please support Rogue Climate.

Rich Royer


Storm clouds on the horizon

I have been following the impeachment proceedings in the House with the same fascination that kept me tuning in to the O.J. Simpson trial in 1994. I was as certain of the outcome then as I am of the predictable conclusion in the impeachment process now.

The collision between Democrats and Republicans demonstrates the sharp divide that exists today in the two parties: There is no middle ground. Politics is rarely discussed over the water cooler today as rational discussion has been replaced by anger.

What bothers Democrats more than the substance of the impeachment proceedings is how Trump has somehow always come out on top. What bothers Republicans has more to do with their own political survival, especially as the Democrats have no strong front-runner to take out the Trump machine in the 2020 election.

Trump has been trying to run the country like a business. Interestingly enough, his base consists largely of the same blue-collar guys who in the past would have bashed a billionaire born into a privileged life!

We are a nation sharply divided as we approach the 2020 elections, and there are storm clouds on the horizon.

Rick Vann


Historic times

Wow! We live in historic times. We are witnessing the longest sustained, infantile temper tantrum in the history of the U.S., if not the world.

Over two and a half years of gnashing of teeth, rending of clothes, baying at the moon, all because one Donald Trump not only got the nomination but also won the election. I bet the U.S. shoe industry is going quite well selling replacement shoes to all the Democrats who have worn out the heels on their shoes while lying on the floor, kicking and screaming and yelling for Mommy. Unfortunately, Mommy (Pelosi?) is not much help.

Mel Beaty


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