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Letters, April 1

Vaccine availability

A writer recently wrote about their frustration in finding an appointment for a COVID vaccine. That same day I looked at two pharmacy websites, Walmart and Fred Meyer, and found appointments available either the same day or the next day.

I’ve been checking the pharmacy websites for weeks now and usually I can find an appointment within one week, often the next day or even the same day within the hour. I want to make people aware that there are numerous pharmacies in the area that have COVID vaccination appointments available.

If you are looking for an appointment go to the Jackson County website, jacksoncounty.org/hhs/General/News-Information/covid-19-vaccine. There you will find a list of places to get an appointment. Check it often. On Monday I found they had added a link for the new vaccination site at the Expo.

Rosemary Minner

Central Point

End mink farming

The COVID-19 crisis was born out of the mistreatment of animals — at live-wildlife markets. The virus started in animals and then moved on to humans, launching a global pandemic.

It’s not just live-wildlife markets that have come into sharp focus. So, too, have mink farms. Raised for their fur on factory farms, mink are uniquely susceptible to COVID-19 and they can transmit the virus back to humans. With thousands of animals on mink farms, when an infection occurs, it can run through the population of the animals, potentially spawning a variant that may render our vaccines less effective.

SB 832 would phase out Oregon’s mink farming industry and provide training and support to the mink farmers adversely affected. Please take action now and urge your state senator to support this bill. It will make our communities safer and it will stop the systemic mistreatment of these animals.

Lin Bernhardt

Talent

We have rights, too

Here is my challenge to letter writers Navickas and Yarbrough: Meet me at Black Bird in one hour. I’ll buy a four-person tent, four sleeping bags and a lantern. We’ll go down to the Greenway and collect four of the local “homeless.” Then, we drive everything to your backyard, where I set up the tent and pass out the sleeping bags. The rest will be up to you, i.e., food, bathroom, etc. How does that work out for you?

The continuing failure by homeless advocates and other “social justice engineers” to recognize the difference between real homeless folks and the bums that infect the Greenway, along with a misinterpretation of the Martin case, creates a false narrative about this situation. The fact is that the thefts, rampant drug use and health hazard created by the individuals who pollute the Greenway are not traits of normal behavior. Their choice of lifestyle is self-inflicted and by choice.

It’s high time the courts and local lawmakers look after the interests of law-abiding taxpayers. We have rights, too. Let’s take back our parks and public areas.

Ted Krempa

Medford