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Letters, Oct. 4

Who governs the government?

Who governs the government? Why is property being destroyed in our largest city? Who will pay for the destruction?

The current state government has failed. Unmanaged forest burning uncontrolled, destroyed property, increasing numbers of unsheltered people dying of exposure, government failures cost outrageous stress on organizations and private persons who understand that caring for people and property is insurance of a safe community, and have voted to insure that safety, Fire, police, forest management, road, school, social services are essential, voted on and have been budgeted but not delivered. Income taxes have paid for federal protection denied by state government.

The governor and representatives are voted into office to work for Oregon. The governor demands restricting police. allowing terror, these failures are covered up with insults, denials and lies. Representatives in Washington, D.C. do nothing for the safety of Oregonians. What can citizens do to protect themselves? Vote Republican.

Anette Young


We must replace fossil fuels

I believe climate change is real and we need to significantly reduce our carbon footprint, but I’m suggesting that it won’t be as simple as just focusing on renewable energy. The big two renewables, wind and solar, only produce electricity, but they are increasingly economical against coal and natural gas-fired plants. That’s progress.

The tougher nut to crack is our usage of heavy fossil fuels in our transportation, shipping and construction industries. Only a very small percentage is used to generate electricity. Diesel fuels our trucks, trains, ships and heavy construction equipment. Kerosene fuels our commercial airliners and most of our business aircraft fleet. None of these is going away soon.

I’m old enough to remember the end of the steam train era. Coal was the fuel of choice, even for the furnace in our basement. Technology supplanted coal with liquid fuels and natural gas.

I believe technology will ultimately allow us to move away from these fossil fuels, but it will take major investments, economic credits, and recognition that it has to be pursued as a very high priority. It won’t be quick and it won’t be easy, but we owe it to our future generations.

Stan Loer

Grants Pass

Throwing temper tantrums

When I see the news coverage of the many (some even months-long) demonstrations that have turned into violent riots, destruction of buildings and looting of neighborhood businesses in many cities across America, it reminds me of when I was a young mother raising my toddler.

We witnessed many a child throwing a temper tantrum with the mother at wit’s end in coping with the tantrum. Of course the child’s goal was to motivate the mother to comply with the child’s wishes. The tantrum continued until the mother gave in (or the child was removed from the scene in which case I can think of any number of consequences that may have followed).

Wikipedia defines a temper tantrum as an immature age-related emotional outburst usually characterized by stubbornness, crying, screaming, violence, defiance, angry ranting and a resistance to attempts at pacification. Physical control may be lost and even if the “goal” of the person is met, s/he may not be calmed.

Those current “adult” demonstrators are behaving no differently than the 2-year olds in public throwing hissy fits. Their goal: we will behave in any way, in order to get our way.

Janet Scott


Eviction of fire victims

Shame on Medford for throwing out people displaced by the fires! Throwing them away (anywhere but here, right?) as if they were trash is especially heinous after a mass disaster like this.

The humane way would have been to improve the safety of the park or making the effort of creating a different safe, healthy place for them to have gone. You now look like the heartless bureaucrats you are, not just to us locals, but to the entire nation. How do you think this will be treated in the national media?

Thanks for showing Medford, Oregon, as the Scrooge of the country. “Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses? Let them die and decrease the surplus population?”

Lin Scarrow

Gold Hill

Hypocrisy on both sides

Rarely do I agree with Larry Mendte’s opinion pieces. Saturday, Sept. 26 was an exception.

It’s a truth that must be told and understood. There is hypocrisy on both sides of the aisle in today’s Congress.

And who suffers the most? The American people.

Mary Lewis


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