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Letters, May 5

Vote yes on sports complex

The Medford Sport and Events Complex is long overdue. As a swim team parent, I can attest that Medford is way behind with aquatics. Many of the towns we visit are smaller than Medford, and our community has no facility equipped to handle anything other than a very small swim meet.

The added court space from this facility, especially for volleyball and basketball, will not only allow for tournaments but also increase practice facilities. There are sixth-graders that have volleyball practice until 9 p.m. on school nights because we don’t have enough courts to go around.

Also, a facility with 16 volleyball courts can host over 100 teams in a weekend tournament! Conservatively that would bring 500 families to visit the Rogue Valley, staying in our hotels and eating at our local restaurants.

Please vote yes on Measures 15-187 and 15-188 to help our community and local economy!

Matt Hansen


Nearing 60,000

Donald Trump once boasted the he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose any supporters. (FYI — note to those supporters, that is not a compliment.) Now multiply that by about 60,000. Why do you still support him?

At first, he ignored the threat. Later, he minimized the threat,saying the 15 cases would soon be zero and it would “miraculously disappear.” Then he turned into a quack doctor prescribing hydroxychloroquine, internal bleach and injections of light (?). He says we have enough tests. Real doctors nationwide say it’s not true.

And of course, this is all someone else’s fault. Blame Obama, the press, the immigrants. Remember the famous quote by Trump on March 13, 2020, “I take no responsibility at all.” Compare his tweet on Nov. 13, 2008, “Leadership: Whatever happens, you’re responsible. If it doesn’t happen, you’re responsible.” Where is that guy?

Michael Curtis


Hotelier voting yes on 15-187, 15-188

As the general manager of the Homewood Suites by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn, I enthusiastically encourage passage of Measures 15-187 and 15-187 on the May 19 primary election ballot.

A 2% increase to Medford’s lodging tax is a reasonable adjustment that will make visitors and tourists contribute a larger share of funding for civic initiatives like the Medford Sports and Events Complex.

Medford needs a facility to gain a competitive advantage with other cities in the state and region for conferences, conventions, trade shows and sporting events that attract visitors and generate economic stimulus.

More visitors to Medford will generate funds via the Transient Lodging Tax, and these travelers will also spend money at local stores, restaurants and other businesses. This leads to more dollars being spent in our community, which is now more important than ever. Join me in voting “Yes” on Measures 15-187 and 15-188!

Paul Schmidt


Too early or too late?

Was President Trump’s COVID-19 response too early or too late? Monday-morning armchair-quarterbacking liberals can’t decide.

In mid-January the World Health Organization parroted China and declared there was no human-to-human transmission. On Jan. 21 a patient with the virus arrived in the U.S. from China. President Trump subsequently shut down travel to and from China on the 31st. For doing so, he was called a racist.

According to immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci, the president was following experts’ advice when he shut the country down. Had the president done so sooner is there any doubt the Democrats would have howled about violation of civil liberties?

Clearly the Democrats’ main concern during this time was impeaching the president. Furthermore, in the case of Speaker Pelosi, declaring it safe in late February for the public to come to San Francisco’s Chinatown seems at best a departure from reality.

Many questions remain. For example, why didn’t President Obama replenish personal protective equipment after the H1N1 pandemic in 2009? And does Speaker Pelosi care more about her $12-a-pint ice cream than the welfare of the American people?

Maureen Stewart


Vote for Ashland charter change

Seriously, it’s a no brainer! Vote yes for 15-189 — Amending Ashland City Charter creating a City Manager Position.

After you read the Voters’ Pamphlet prior to the May 19 Oregon primary, I believe you will agree.

1. A professional city manager would be hired by the City Council.

2. The choice of city manager would be based on education and experience without regard to political considerations.

3. Most Oregon cities of Ashland’s size have already gone to a city manager position with positive results.

4. A yes vote involves no additional funds.

5. The specific duties of the city manager are clearly listed in the amendment.

Our city needs a highly qualified, carefully chosen manager.

These are the reasons I will be voting yes for 15-189. I urge you to as well. It is truly a no-brainer.

Annette Lewis


Support Sports and Events Complex

Please vote for Measures 15-187 and 15-188 that adjust the lodging tax policies in Medford for modern times.

The revenues generated from tourists and visitors bolster the local economy — and given our current situation, we need to be doing everything we can to stimulate our economy, to provide important recreational services for the entire community, and to create state-of-the-art facilities that draw visitors.

Building the proposed Medford Sports and Events Complex will create and sustain local jobs and attract tourists. Voting for Measures 15-187 and 15-188 is critical for efforts to build a brighter future for Medford.

Scott Kozlowski


1918 vs 2020

We’re barely into the fourth month of this pandemic. The 1918 pandemic lasted almost three years.

We don’t know how many waves there will be in this pandemic. The 1918 pandemic had three waves. The second and third waves were far deadlier than the first.

As I write this, U.S. deaths stand at 56,253. In the 1918 pandemic, 675,000 Americans died.

Social distancing is proving effective today, as it did during the 1918 pandemic. A century ago, cities such as Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Kansas City took public health recommendations seriously and had far fewer fatalities than Philadelphia, Richmond, and others where officials caved in to political and economic pressures. Today, Oregon is one of many states that have implemented strict isolation policies. We can reasonably expect significantly fewer deaths here than in Georgia, Florida, Oklahoma and others. We are saving lives by staying home, limiting gatherings and exercising caution in how we re-open for business.

What shall we conclude from these facts? If you seek to “decrease the surplus population,” as Ebenezer Scrooge once advised, then follow those who convene rallies in state capitals in close proximity, armed not with masks but with AK-47s.

David Sours


Measure 15-189 is right for Ashland

Ashland is a complex, multi-faceted city with a large budget. It should be managed by a professional whose career path has prepared them for that responsibility.

Administrative leadership is different than political leadership. It requires different skills. With the ability to hire and fire the city manager (as the measure provides), the mayor and council will be able to exercise appropriate oversight.

As has been the case, elected officials will provide leadership on forest resiliency, economic development and other important initiatives which require regional and inter-governmental coordination and responsive outreach to the city’s citizens. Elected officials will continue to set policy including approving the annual budget.

Ashland needs to join the vast majority of cities with a city manager form of government. We need to compete for top talent. Please Join me in voting yes on Measure 15-189.

Lynn Thompson


Vote Terrie Martin for commissioner

I am writing to urge my friends and neighbors in Jackson County to support Terrie Martin for county commissioner.

I have known Terrie for more than 30 years, and have worked alongside her at the Mail Tribune, Southern Oregon University and the Southern Oregon Historical Society. She is committed to the people of the county, and if elected will bring a fresh new voice to the county commission. We certainly need that.

Terrie is smart, caring and collaborative in her approach to getting things done. For more information about her or to support her campaign, please go to https://terrieforjacksoncounty.com/.

John Enders


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