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Letters, March 10

Vaccine clinic outstanding

Vaccination clinics across the country have been a huge logistical challenge and learning curve. Jackson County residents, however, have many reasons to be thankful for the excellent clinic close to RRMC.

I was not eligible for earlier clinics at the Expo, but when it was finally my age group’s turn, I was easily able to make an appointment online. At my designated day and time, I was in and out of the clinic in less than 45 minutes, which even included the 15-minute wait time for possible allergic reactions.

The clinic was well staffed — starting with the greeter outside the clinic directing us to the correct line, the lady who checked us in on her laptop while waiting outside, the nurse who administered the shot and, finally, the medical staff checking on folks in the “reaction” area. We were told that, by the time we returned home and checked online, our second vaccine appointment should already show up. Sure enough — it did! What an example of efficiency!

Many thanks to those who helped in the planning of this clinic and those who staffed it. I’m grateful to be one step closer to a return of “normal” life.

Anne Uzzell

Jacksonville

Football is harmful

Our capitalistic system bobs, weaves, stalls, obfuscates and fails to act when confronted by valid threats to any “profitable” practice, no matter how egregious. The lengthy struggle in curtailing the abuses of the tobacco industry is proof of that. The corporate profits coupled with enormous revenue streams were extremely enticing and our legislators, supposedly sworn to protect the nation, were extremely reluctant to intervene.

Recently, ongoing CTE studies (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) at Boston University have indicated that engaging in the sport of football, where repeated blows to the head are common, is causing many premature deaths and bizarre behavior patterns among those who formerly engaged in the sport. While relatively new in the spectrum of disease, the condition has long been known as “punch drunk,” common to former boxers.

Every parent should educate themselves on the harmful effects of this disease and its commonality to the sport of football before allowing their progeny to risk permanent harm. As a longtime football addict I admit to unthinkingly applauding the violence inherent in a sport that is the epitome of the word masochism. I wish to apologize. Our young men should not be risking their entire future in this basically nonsensical activity.

Bob Warren

Central Point

Alert systems open to all

On Sunday, March 7, on page 2A, Iris M. Crawford wrote that communities of color and other marginalized groups are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change.

She used as an example the Almeda fire alerts: “For evidence, look no further than the fire that ripped through Southern Oregon last September. People in the relatively affluent town of Ashland received faster and clearer warnings to evacuate than people in less-well-off towns nearby ”

Today I talked to an official of the Ashland Fire Department, and confirmed that anybody can sign up for the city of Ashland alert system. Indeed, you can live in another state and still sign up for alerts.

In addition, Jackson County has an alert system that anyone can sign up for. It’s called Nixle, and you can easily register online. Since the fire the city of Ashland has also gone to the Nixle system. Again, anyone can register online. You don’t have to be from an affluent community.

The reason that Talent and Phoenix did not get alerts as soon as Ashland did is because “there were some hiccups in getting the alerts off,” says my contact. She said that after the fire the number of people signing up for alerts increased exponentially.

Linda Mandeville Gamble

Ashland

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