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Letters, March 24

Loss on top of loss

After the devastation of the Almeda wildfire Sept. 8, there have been many stories of the surrounding communities stepping up and helping out their neighbors in need. Unfortunately, this is not one of those stories. This is a note of neighbors taking advantage of the devastation.

My wife and I lived in the small, 18-unit Park Rose townhome complex on the end of Dano Drive in Phoenix, which burned to the ground with so many others that day. The only items of ours to survive were two wooden Adirondack chairs that we had in our backyard area. We moved them to a green side area where a grassy area and some trees survived the fire to keep them safe before cleanup operations were to begin on the property.

We visited the property recently to meet with our contractor and checked to see if the furniture was safe, only to find that they were gone! Yes, that’s right, someone took it upon themselves to take from someone who had lost everything.

I’m writing this in the hope that this person/these people might actually read this letter and maybe, just might feel a little guilty and return our property to us.

Chuck Lacey

Seaside

Show me the money

Is it me or is everyone wondering where their Oregon state tax refund is?

I submitted my taxes using H&R Block software on Feb. 18, requesting direct deposit as always. That is supposed to be the fastest was to get your money.

The tax submission was accepted right away. The return was straightforward.

My federal return was processed and paid within a week. I have yet to receive my state refund. When I check the Oregon Department of Revenue it indicates “We’re manually processing your return. Manually processed returns take additional time. This doesn’t mean that you’re being audited.” It may take up to 12 weeks to process and if I haven’t heard anything by then to call them.

This means Oregon can sit on my refund for 12 weeks before refunding me. They avoid paying their bills while I sit and wait for my refund. It isn’t a great amount, but when you are a retiree, every little bit helps. I am grateful I got the stimulus payments and the federal refund.

Now it is time for Oregon to show me the money.

Ken Thompson

Eagle Point

Thanks for supporting students

What a joy it is to have Medford elementary students back at school! One of our students recently said that the night before the first day of school was more exciting than Christmas Eve!

The gleeful squeals of students active and playing, in gymnasiums and during outdoor P.E., is music for the soul. Exercise and play is crucial for emotional and mental health, and campus closures this past year put that at risk.

Recognizing this, many in our community have stepped in to support our students’ health and wellness, both while they were at home and now that they are back on campus. For this reason, we would like to thank the Grace and Kindness Foundation, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Rockwell Real Estate Group, Community of Christ Church, Joy Christian Fellowship, West Orthodontists, Spring Street Market, Team Enciso at i5 Real Estate and Lone Pine Elementary PTO for their financial contributions and generosity of spirit. Their monetary donations supplied jump ropes and software to facilitate a running club for students, and their support of our students and community as a whole are an inspiration to us all.

Physical education specialists Kathy Pauck, Howard Elementary School; Laura Luksich, Washington Elementary School; Wayne Walker, Hoover Elementary School; and Natalie Hawks, Lone Pine School.

DAR says thanks

Dear first responders, medical staff, educators, and essential workers of Southern Oregon / Northern California:

Thank you to all who donated their time and energy to help those in need during the fires and the ongoing virus pandemic. Local members of the Latgwa Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution want you to know that we appreciate everything you have done to help the people in our communities who have been affected by these tragedies.

We greatly value your dedication to this vital work.

Bonnie Yates and Sharon Butcher

Talent/Phoenix/Weed

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