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Letters, Feb. 13

JPR should admit mistake

I was glad to read the column, My View: “JPR corrects its false story — finally” by Gary Nelson, printed in the issue of Sunday, Feb. 2. I would like to congratulate him for writing his view on this issue.

Reading this was for me the way to learn that six months before, JPR broadcast a story that was not true and did not have the courage to admit its mistake. It seems that finally it did, but not in a very clear way. Why?

Two important quotes to mention: “True courage is not the absence of fear, but the willingness to proceed in spite of it” And “Fear has two meanings: Forget everything and run or face everything and rise”. (both unknown)

I hope JPR has the courage to admit its mistake in a clear and direct way; there is no reason to fear anything. Otherwise we, the listeners, would be very disappointed and I, myself, willing to stop supporting JPR.

Maria-Cristina Page


Country can’t be great again

The past few weeks (perhaps months) have shown us what direction our country is taking. It is not a pretty sight.

The United States of America can’t possibly be great again, being so divided and lacking in moral checks and balances. Lying, making promises that aren’t kept, and promoting mean-spirited behavior in general are our country’s downfall. They may well lead to our planet’s downfall as well.

Mary Ann Johnson


Editorial missed the point

The Feb. 6 editorial about the jail missed the point about why people are objecting to the proposal.

We do need a new jail, but if we divert people with mental illness to proper services instead of making arrests, we will not need so many beds. The jail proposal was developed by a consulting firm that did not consider the impact of a diversion program.

Additionally, a tax district to finance a jail with 800-plus beds will create an unnecessary burden for property owners, particularly those on fixed incomes. The county proposes a rate of approximately 87 cents per $1,000 of assessed value — $174 a year on property valued at $200,000. The median assessed value for property in Jackson County is $274,000 and continues to rise.

At a recent community meeting in Medford, the Marion County sheriff advised that beds are expensive and that he would rather use funds for diversion efforts. We have proof throughout Oregon and the rest of the country that diversion works. Jackson County already has many components in place. Let us step up and change a system that for far too long has been expensive, ineffective and inhumane.

Jan Yost


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