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Letters, May 7

Swimmers need better training

My name is Maryn, and I’m 17 years old. I have been a competitive swimmer for 10 years.

Medford needs a new aquatic facility. My high school swim team of 60 kids has to share four lanes at the YMCA, meaning we have

15 people per lane. I can’t swim a single lap without riding on the toes of the person in front of me. There’s no way for someone to be trained efficiently in circumstances like that.

The same goes for my club swim team at Superior Athletic Club. We are thoroughly overcrowded, and on top of that, the club only allows us to practice in the afternoons. Every other club swim team I know has the privilege of practicing twice a day, meaning the Medford swimmers are receiving half as much training as other teams. If we got a new aquatics facility, our club and high school swim teams would thrive. Please consider us swimmers, who deserve adequate training.

Maryn Ringger


Two unknowns

It will never be known how many lives were saved by the economic shutdown. The worst initial predictions of the pandemic were not likely to happen, but we cannot know. Many will make claims.

It will never be known how many lives will be lost because of the shutdown. The effect on health, results of poverty and much more can be guessed, but will never be reflected on death certificates, which will never list cause of death as economic shutdown.

I can guess like anyone else. My guess that at least a million lives were saved by the shutdown. At least 10 times that many will be lost.

I don’t blame anyone for not knowing, and making necessary decisions based on the unknown.

Ira Edwards


Turn off the water

When the sink is overflowing, turn off the water! That’s what we need to do with the coronavirus: Turn off the flow of the virus into the environment to greatly reduce new infections.

Our prescribed methods for turning off the faucet are: staying home, practicing social distancing and washing our hands. These methods do work, but they are slow and incomplete, and they are quickly destroying our economy and our bank accounts.

Infection control experts agree that the primary method of transmission is when infected individuals spew virus covered droplets into the air as they cough, sneeze, talk or sometimes just breathe.

CDC advises wearing cloth masks in public to reduce the spread of infected droplets. But, we can do better. A few experts can design a cloth mask to be comfortable, washable, inexpensive and effective at stopping droplets. If everyone were to wear such a mask, the rate of transmission of the coronavirus would be drastically reduced. The more people wearing a mask, the greater the reduction.

Cost would be a small fraction of what we are spending now. With everyone wearing an effective mask, we could start getting people back to work, school, sports events, church, etc. sooner.

David Lane


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