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Letters, Oct. 30

The numbers don’t add up

The numbers don’t add up in Jan Spindler’s Oct. 22 letter “The anti-abortion movement is costly.” Hypothetically speaking, she states the cost to raise 195,000 babies born to teenage mothers would be $25 billion. Further, as low-income people rely on taxpayer assistance to raise children, aborted babies save tax dollars.

That is to say, these “costly” children would likely not become productive citizens, professionals nor contributors to society. In my family, two children were born of teenage mothers. One grew up to become a major general in the armed services, the second, a health care professional with a master’s degree.

It’s staggering to conceive the number of scientists, artists, educators, innovators, hard-working individuals born to low-income or teenage mothers, would have been less of a societal burdened had they been aborted.

Marylata Elton

Jacksonville

No to Circle K

We do not want this in our neighborhood. Please. Building a Circle K down the street is going to bring down the value of our home and everyone around it. It’s going to bring more crime to the area (speeding, drug dealing, drinking and 24 hours of negative lifestyle).

We pride our selves in a safe, calm, friendly community. Our area is a highly desired area to live in Medford. Having a gas station, convenience store that sells alcohol and a car wash put in will make it less safe, less quiet, less family-oriented. There are so many other places that would be a better options. As homeowners and residents of Medford we strongly oppose this, 100%.

Please help us to understand why this location and why is it still going in when no one wants it to? Help us to understand how you can move a high-risk gas station into a neighborhood that does not want it. What are our risks for explosions? Do we have no say as homeowners and community members?

Where are our city members and why are they not standing up for the residents in our community?

Melissa Camp

Medford

Be wary of contractors

Be wary. Ten years ago my husband and I signed a contract with a local contractor to build a house in Talent. It was our first and only experience of building a house from scratch. When friends and acquaintances heard of our plans, they warned us in no uncertain terms of what we were getting into. We thought we were different, we thought our chosen contractor was different. We were sadly mistaken.

We were promised attention to detail, fine craftsmanship, quality materials, a wonderful experience that would be smooth and worry-free, and unmatched excellence, integrity and satisfaction. What we got is a house that has dozens of construction issues, design issues and product issues, and a lack of accountability once we had made our final payment.

The single biggest mistake we made was to pay the contractor in full a few days after we moved in, before we had time to discover what the construction issues were. By surrendering our leverage, we were unable to get satisfaction and are still dealing with issues to this day. We thought we had a relationship based on trust. We were wrong.

Don’t let this happen to you.

Sandra Scase

Talent

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