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Letters, March 16

Painted boxes brighten town

Thank you for the article on the painted utility boxes in Ashland.

It is my dream that all the utility boxes in town will be painted. They cause me to smile each time I see them. The article gave the names of the artists, the location of the box they painted, the type of paint used, and even a plan for an afternoon stroll to see them all.

We have so many artists in town with unique visions, and I’m thinking plenty of paint to finish the job of painting many more utility boxes way beyond the railroad district. Anyone else out there besides myself who would like to help this inspiration along? They give Ashland such character and we have many characters here.

Annette Lewis

Ashland

Vote with the facts

On March 9, the MT published a letter entitled “Vote with logic” in which the author ranted about Gov. Brown and various state health organizations. Clearly, this author is not in possession of the facts about the way Oregon has handled the pandemic up to now.

If you simply do an internet search for COVID-19 infection rates and death rates, you will find the following information. Oregon ranks No. 4 among all states for having the fewest infections and deaths per capita. Only Hawaii, Vermont and Maine have a better record. Notice also that states that are run by anti-science wingnuts and mask deniers are at the very bottom of the list. These include North Dakota (No. 50), South Dakota, Utah and Arizona. These all have infections and death rates about three to 3.5 times that of Oregon. Our neighbor, Idaho, has rates that are 2.5 times greater than we do, so the loonies hold a mask-burning event. Brilliant logic there.

Bottom line: If you want leaders who believe in science, a logical voter would avoid voting for the party that runs South Dakota and the other losers.

Richard Melville

Jacksonville

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