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Letters, May 13

Voter information available

The League of Women Voters has provided voter information for 100 years. From the beginning, the League has not supported or opposed political candidates or parties. Continuing our mandate, we would like to recommend two League resources for your use as an informed voter. Both are voters’ guides and available online.

The League of Women Voters of Oregon usually publishes a Voters’ Guide for distribution, but this year, it can be accessed at http://lwvor.org/voters-guide-primary-2020/. This guide gives information about Oregon State elections and is offered in English and Spanish and in various formats, including audio and large print. The second resource is a website called VOTE411. This website uses your address to personalize your voter information. Candidates answer questions and their unedited answers are included. VOTE411 is available nationwide. Remember:

“Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it.” — Susan B. Anthony

Jackie Clary and Margie Peterson

Co-presidents, League of Women Voters Rogue Valley

We need an aquatics center

As a four-year varsity swimmer and team captain for South Medford High School, I can say from experience that Medford needs a new aquatic center.

Since my freshman year, our team has gotten bigger each season. With so many swimmers in so few lanes, we can’t have an efficient practice. We also have to share time at the YMCA with three other schools and swim lessons, none of which have nearly enough space or time.

A new aquatic center would make practices and meets better for everyone involved. We can only have a limited number of teams for meets at the Y, and there is almost no space for spectators. Some Eugene teams won’t even come compete in Medford because of the lack of adequate facilities. A new pool would greatly benefit the high school teams, and the rest of Medford.

Chase Costanti

Medford

Don’t punish the past

To Ashland voters still undecided on the facilities bond, please consider the following facts.

  • A yes vote does not increase your present property taxes.
  • All three buildings will be effectively out of commission if we do not fix them.
  • If postponed, the cost of building and the borrowing costs will markedly increase over the next several years.

This bond measure simply authorizes the city to assume a 20-year mortgage at a very low interest rate. If we work together to rehabilitate these three iconic buildings in the heart of our downtown, we reap civic and economic benefits for a 100 years to come.

These projects are essential to the long-term economic health of our downtown and indispensable to our community character.

Please link arms with our forebears who had the wisdom, financial courage and vision to invest in our jewel of a town. Vote yes.

Stephen Jensen

Ashland City Council

Vote yes on Ashland bond

These are not frivolous renovations. They represent 25 years of neglect. Every year building costs increase.

If your concern is additional taxes, that will not occur due to the end of the library and fire station bonds. A yes vote will not increase your property taxes or cause a rent increase. We cannot put city employees at risk in a building that requires restoration for safety. What if your loved one or neighbor works at City Hall? Does their safety and peace of mind matter less? Would we have the same response to library or school needs?

Closing Pioneer Hall and the Community Center has been negative on many levels. It’s our civic duty to maintain relevant public buildings. Poor leadership choices from the last two decades are responsible. Now is the time to say yes to capital improvements long overdue. If not now, it will only get more expensive.

Risa Buck

Ashland

Think of the future

Growing up in the Rogue Valley I’ve spent countless weekends on a court, field, or swimming pool looking out and seeing parents crammed into rows of folding chairs.

This year I am a senior at South Medford High School and have been on the swim team for three years. Each year I have seen my team grow and this year we had nearly 60 swimmers sharing only four lanes at the Medford YMCA. With that number of swimmers in four lanes and minimal practice time we can not efficiently practice and grow stronger as a team and individually.

I have grown up in Medford playing many different sports and the new sports complex would be beneficial for athletes and community members of all ages. The ability to host swim meets and sports tournaments is just what the city of Medford needs. Please think of the future!

Cameron Casad

Medford

Arrasmith best choice for assessor

I have known David Arrasmith since shortly after moving here in 2012. He is a good Christian family man that I trust.

I am not a political person but as a senior citizen that has lived more than 80 years, I am a pretty good judge of character. Dave is a compassionate, respectful, honest and hard-working family man. He has helped me on numerous occasions and always has a smile on his face.

I am voting for David Arrasmith for re-election as our county assessor and I ask you to make the right decision also.

Billie Jean Shores

Medford

Vote yes on charter amendment

I call on all Ashland voters to join me in voting yes on Measure 15-189, an amendment to the Ashland City Charter to improve city government by creating a city manager position that reports to the entire City Council.

Ashland’s current “mayor/council” system of government was created in 1908, when women couldn’t vote; when the city had no paved roads, few employees and an annual budget of only a couple of thousand dollars. Today, Ashland is a complex operation with a biennial budget of nearly a quarter-billion dollars. The administration of this operation must be entrusted to a trained, experienced professional who can manage city operations free of political constraints.

For the sake of efficiency, effectiveness, democracy and transparency, it’s time for a change!

Ashland has a horse-and-buggy form of government in an International Space Station age. Let’s bring Ashland government into the 21st century.

Vote yes on Measure 15-189.

William Heimann

Ashland

Vote for Dotterrer

Dave Dotterrer is the kind of leader we need as a Jackson County commissioner. His responsibilities as a military officer and his experience as a legislative staffer qualify him to analyze the issues facing our county and make decisions that are needed to benefit us as citizens and taxpayers. We urge you to vote Dotterrer for county commissioner.

Dave and Liz Dealey

Medford

Pool complex will save lives

Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of death for kids under 4 (except for birth defects)? And that drowning is the second leading cause of death (behind motor vehicle accidents) for children under 14?

That’s why it is imperative that we, as a community, vote yes on Measures 15-187 and 15-188 for the new sports complex and aquatics center. Jackson Pool is near the end of its life span. Once that is gone, where will Jackson County kids learn to swim? Last I checked, you can’t learn to swim from a YouTube video!

In addition to enhancing our overall quality of life, we will be able to expand life-saving swimming skills to our youths. And with the abundance of rivers, lakes and the nearby Pacific Ocean, knowing how to swim is vital! And, we can do this, without increasing property taxes!

Bill Freda

Medford

Timing is everything

With the current economy bordering on a serious recession or a depression, is it the time to build a sports complex that raises our utility bills and adds a financial burden to visitors?

Many, if not most, do support the need for swimming pools in our community. However, could we build two pools in different locations that would be far more affordable than a huge sports complex? Our area, just like the rest of this vast country, will take years to recover from our new reality.

Personally, I know the importance of swimming and exercising in water. I would, in normal times, fully support the sports complex. But it just might not be the time to dive into a very expensive superstructure when two well-designed pools could serve the community.

J.R. Hunts

Medford

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