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Letters, April 16

Proposed median raises questions

The Medford Planning Department is proposing that a median be installed at the intersection of Calle Vista and North Phoenix Road. This median would prevent any left turns. As a resident that would be affected, I have been trying to ascertain all the background and facts to fully understand the need as well as whether the use of medians is the best alternative prior to the council making a decision.

I have tried to contact our ward’s councilors with no luck. I’m not sure if the nonresponsiveness is normal or resulting from city offices being closed due to COVID. The response to a request for information from our Planning Department is slow in coming.

The process being used to make this decision may follow normal protocol, but it certainly has not been open to information flow and is being rushed without consideration for several safety issues that the neighborhood residents have raised.

I encourage all homeowners in the Summerfield Subdivision and those west of North Phoenix to also contact our city planners on how specifically you will be affected. Insist that any decisions be based on statistics and data related to the proposed changes and not the whims of developers.

M.J. Harvie

Medford

Anti-vaccine? Check Grandma’s arm

Smallpox was declared eradicated in 1980. Your parents and grandparents likely bear a small scar on their shoulder that attests to their vaccination. Your life is a result, as are your children’s.

Smallpox killed up to 300 million people in the 20th century, around 500 million in the last 100 years of its existence. Lives saved by a vaccine and deadly smallpox eradicated.

Polio was the most feared disease of the 20th century. At its peak in the 1940s and 1950s, polio paralyzed or killed over 500,000 people worldwide yearly. Polio caused more than 15,000 U.S. cases of paralysis yearly with over 3,000 deaths. Survivers often ended up debilitated — using crutches or wheelchairs or put into an iron lung to merely breathe.

Polio was eliminated from the U.S. in 1979. President Roosevelt (polio victim) organized what is now the March of Dimes, formerly the National Institute of Infant Paralysis.

In fighting coronavirus, perhaps citizens (you) and governments of the world will rise to the occasion and demonstrate what’s possible working together.

It’s said vaccines save lives, but that’s not accurate — a vaccine in the vial is 0% effective. It’s vaccination that saves lives.

I’d like to meet you someday, alive.

Pat Weber

Ashland