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Letters, May 17

Why USPS is in trouble

I was disappointed neither commentator on the Sunday, May 10 Opinion page mentioned that in 2006 a Republican-led Congress passed a law requiring the U.S. Postal Service to put away enough money to cover the retirement and pension costs for the next 75 years.

In other words, for the past 12 years it has had to cover future costs for employees who have yet to be born. Sounds crazy? I agree, and I am sure the Republicans’ purpose had little to do with your mail being delivered.

The fact is, the USPS would have been showing a profit if the 2006 law were not in effect. The USPS works well for me and has my support — now and for the future.

Barry Peckham

Ashland

Election videos helpful

My ballot is in the mail. In general I found the candidates in this primary less than inspiring.

Perhaps it’s the current polarization or the widespread distrust of all things governmental. The ads are pandering and shallow.

The best “look” at our candidates was provided by your newspaper. Your video interviews helped to provide needed context and content. Thank you for doing your part.

Railing against the local paper is a favored sport in the valley. I hope you’re around for a long time, continuing to report and provoke.

Tom Eaton

Eagle Point

Supporting sports complex

I’m writing in support of Ballot Measures 15-187, 15-188, and the Medford Sports and Events Complex.

All of us are looking past the pandemic to better times. We have seen the effects that school closures and a lack of activities have had on the children of our valley.

When it’s safe to engage in normal activities again, students will flock back to sports, clubs and teams in even greater numbers than before. Let’s have this new facility ready for them.

The Sports and Events Complex will give all children in our community access to the pool, water slides, and to the much-needed basketball courts and other amenities. It’s hard to imagine Medford now without the U.S. Cellular Community Park so admirably built and managed by our Parks and Recreation Department. Ballot Measures 15-187 and 15-188 give us a chance to look to a bright new future during these challenging times.

Frank Phillips, president, St. Mary’s School

Medford

No immunity needed

In his May 10 column, Marc Thiessen advocates granting business owners immunity during this pandemic from responsibility for causing COVID-19 illness in customers or workers in their stores or restaurants or corporate headquarters. This approach is wrong and would defeat the economic recovery.

Those businesses that play by the rules — they comply with the CDC guidelines and state COVID-19 safety requirements — meet their legal responsibility, are not negligent and would not be liable if someone gets sick.

But what if an owner is not careful or thinks the pandemic is overblown and ignores guidelines and its workers and customers contract COVID-19? Why should that owner have immunity?

Here I am, a customer, thinking about going to a Thiessen-immune restaurant in which the owner has no liability for assuring that his employees do not have COVID-19 or wear masks, or wash their hands, or sanitize the facility, or require social distancing. I will not go to that restaurant.

If business owners have no responsibility or very limited responsibility for their customers’ and employees’ safety, customers will not go there and employees will not work there — if they can help it. And there will be no economic recovery.

David Beale

Medford

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