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Letters, Oct. 17

Campaign signs

I’m the kind of person who is still surprised when a campaign sign is stolen from our front lawn, right here in peaceful little Jacksonville. And whoever stole the sign is probably the kind of person who has a Cub Scout son from whom I bought a $10 bag of popcorn for his fundraiser in front of Ray’s, or whose wife stopped her SUV on California Street at the crosswalk and patiently waited for my husband and me to cross the street.

I’m willing to bet that whoever stole our sign is not a bad person, and that’s why this person was too embarrassed to steal it in broad daylight. Maybe this person wouldn’t have stolen it had he or she understood that my husband and I are just an elderly couple who had to make room in their modest budget to contribute to the campaign that had sent us that sign for which we had waited weeks so that we could exercise our First Amendment right and participate in the election process. If you did this to make us upset, you failed. I’m sorry you had to resort to such pettiness for your cause.

J.T. Harkness

Jacksonville

Circle K

Looks like construction is starting on the Circle K at Springbrook and McAndrews. All I can say is, shame on you!

Geanie Flanigan

Medford

A simple debate solution

Certainly, the Commission on Presidential Debates needs to alter the format of our national discourse. Since our debaters cannot play nice, let’s change the environment to encourage civility.

Place each “contestant” in a soundproof booth with external control of both lighting and audio held by the debate moderator.

As a question is presented to a particular candidate, the lighting and audio are turned off in the opponent’s booth. (Surely the game show industry has the technology and experience to help pull this off)

Use tape delay to fact-check a response before airing.

If a participant still finds ways to sabotage intelligent dialogue, shock collars could be employed when speaking/shouting out of turn.

It’s so sad that our national sounding board has degenerated to the point that simple respect and etiquette are no longer required. Perhaps a few attempts with these behavior-modification techniques will induce a return to civility during these encounters.

Ken Bonsi

Jacksonville

Honoring the life of a hero

Richard “Dick” McIntosh died suddenly in a one-car crash on Friday, Oct. 9. He was an excellent driver and is thought to have had a medical emergency, which caused him to swerve off the highway at high speed.

Dick was the hub of a very large wheel of friends in Talent. In his retirement, he unofficially mentored many young adults, teaching them all kinds of skills and offering the support of a second father. He was always kind and honest as the day is long. I never heard him say a bad word about anyone.

On Sept. 8, the day of the big fire, several folks fled to his farm, knowing they would not be turned away. I was one. He fed us and provided a comforting, safe place to ride out the emergency. He and a buddy drove back into Talent to evacuate an elderly, wheelchair-bound woman from her home in Talent when her daughter could not get to her. Dick and his wife, Mimi, cared for her all night long.

Dick was one of the many heroes in the catastrophic fire. He will be greatly missed.

Susan Bizeau

Talent

Theories

We are a community surrounded with wilderness, and environmentalists have a chalkboard full of theories.

We need a drawing board able to put thousands of man-made ponds and lakes on the map. Why not? Water gives life to everything that walks and crawls, and firefighters love water and so do I.

Meanwhile, snowmelt, state-owned water, flows into the ocean and onward to China. I don’t have a clue who is in charge of our wilderness. I would guess it’s a government employee hiding in his office.

All these theories floating around are making Oregon burn a little more every year. High-tech on the drawing board could save our wilderness. The real question is, what will be our living condition for the next 100 years?

Tom Rolie

Medford

Wildfire and LNG pipelines

The wildfires in our area have been very destructive and disruptive for all of us.

Lives have been lost. Homes, businesses, infrastructure and forests have been lost or damaged. Some people may never recover their former lives. Forests will take decades to come back as they were.

The fires are still burning, and we are faced with the Canadian corporation that wants to put a natural gas pipeline through Southern Oregon. This is a 36-inch, high-pressure pipeline filled with invisible and odorless deadly gas. The plan also calls for a pumping station in Trail near the Rogue River and Highway 62. The recent Obenchain fire triggered the evacuation of Shady Cove and Trail. After breathing smoke all summer and watching endless destruction on television every single day, how can anyone with a lucid mind think this pipeline is a safe and plausible idea?

Tom Collett

Gold Hill

Good old USA

Wake up America! A foreign government doesn’t need to worry about destroying this wonderful country. We are doing a great job of doing it ourselves.

N. Shaw

Central Point

We’re already socialist

Remember when Trump said he loved the poorly educated? He still does! He doesn’t want you to read or research: stick with Fox and Rush — they’ll do your thinking for you!

In the letter from Sunday’s paper: “So you hate Trump,” Larry Nathan proclaims: “Republicans protect your freedom of choice.”

Really? They support a woman’s right to choose, your right to protest, your right as a minority member to vote?

He claims Democrats want socialism not capitalism. We are already a largely democratic socialist country. Walter Reed? We paid for it! Roads and bridges? We all paid for it! All those bailout dollars to the fossil fuel industries and the tariffs on China? We paid for that, not China, along with the bailouts for the farmers This great country is mostly democratic socialism at work — and if you knew the facts, you really wouldn’t want it any other way!

Livia Genise

Ashland

Fire District 5 needs funds

The firefighters of Fire District 5, including our Phoenix substation, did an incredible and selfless job of containing and protecting the Phoenix Hills subdivision from the destruction that the Almeda fire could have caused. They are truly superheroes!

While they protected us, the fire district also suffered its own losses in the fire — a fire engine, vehicles, firefighting gear and the Phoenix Fire Station were damaged or destroyed by the fire. The district also anticipates a 50% loss of property tax revenue until new homes are built.

A “Fund the First” account (tinyurl.com/y2vvpsyz) has been set up by the fire district to help raise funds to defray some of the recovery costs that insurance won’t cover. It’s the only crowdfunding source exclusively for first responders.

We support our first responders and are grateful for the amazing job that they did.

Kathleen Kudo and Robert Mumby

Phoenix

Unsettling similarities

During the Amy Coney Barrett hearings, the Democrats seemed fond of presenting “actual” cases of persons benefiting from ObamaCare.

Their motive: the sadness and tragedy of these folks losing out if ACB and her fellow conservatives were to strike it down. These presentations did not include any arguments based on the actual provisions of the act.

This put me in mind of a young comedienne who had attempted to land a spot on “America’s Got Talent.” She told of her dismay at learning that the most important quality a winner could have was a tragic backstory — the more horrifying the better. In short: the contestants’ actual talent was less important than how their stories might pluck the heartstrings of the audience/voters.

I see unsettling similarities.

Hubert Smith

Jacksonville

Watch forest agencies

Anyone concerned about forest fires should pay attention to the agencies that manage the vast public lands around the Rogue Valley.

Of great concern are the actions of the Bureau of Land Management, which has proposed the Bear Grub and Munger Timber Sales, and the nice sounding “Integrated Vegetation Management Project for Resilient Lands.” These projects call for vast areas of logging, for decades to come.

As consumers of lumber, I and other environmentalists support sustainable logging, which reduces fire risk and supports species diversity. But the BLM is under pressure from antiquated laws to enable many thousands of acres of “group select” clearcuts up to 4 acres, often where the last fire-resilient and biodiverse forests remain. The frequent failure to prevent post-logging regrowth of dense vegetation combined with the loss of the most fire-resistant trees is a recipe for conflagration.

These projects do include laudable vegetation management efforts, but they are often planned in conjunction with bad logging practices. Please visit the Applegate Neighborhood Network web page at applegateneighborhood.network. Most urgent is the

Oct. 19 deadline for comments on the Integrated Vegetation Management project. Please stand up for healthy, fire-resistant forests!

Liza Crosse

Applegate

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