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Letters, May 30

Vaccine integrity

Last year a friend asked me how I was making a decision about getting (or not) a COVID-19 vaccine.

It seemed as though there were many voices advocating for a fear-based avoidance of the vaccine. Were they right? Were the studies right? Was there ill intent?

I told this friend that ultimately, I listened to the science as delivered by people I knew. Jim Shames was and remains at the top of that list. On Sunday, he delivered a well-reasoned, responsible message about the need for acceptance of vaccines.

I know him from many years as a colleague and friend. Please listen to Jim. You can trust him. Get vaccinated.

John Shonerd, D.O.

Medford

Thanks a lot

As Memorial Day approaches it should be a time when we take a moment to thank the many veterans that have served our country and all their sacrifice. We should also thank the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department as well as the commissioners, for it was this group of individuals that was able to take over Joseph Stewart State Park and make it a county park without any public input. They immediately raised the cost $3 a night for a total of $30 plus parking for towed vehicles. Five days of camping with a towed vehicle is now $175.

As a state park, disabled veterans were entitled to camp for free five days a month. Parks and Rec decided to do away with that one benefit that we had. Now, disabled veterans pay the same as everyone else. The veterans’ disabilities came while on active duty and many carry the scars forever. I would think the county could say thank you for your sacrifices and allow the five days of camping.

As Memorial Day approaches I would like to thank Parks and Rec and the commissioners for deciding how I can spend my disability pay.

Ken Thompson

Eagle Point

Building back means healthy homes

Building back better after COVID and last year’s wildfires means good local jobs and sustainable businesses. The objective of the Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity Campaign is to pass three bills in the state Legislature this year to do just that.

One of these bills, the Healthy Homes bill (HB 2842) would support home upgrades to improve the health of families across Oregon. People living in energy inefficient homes experience sick days and hospital visits caused by mold, cold weather and, as we saw last September, an inability to take refuge from wildfire smoke and bad outdoor air quality. This bill would also support Oregonians hardening their homes to prepare for future fire seasons.

Right now, the State of Oregon lacks a program to support critical home improvements for low-income families. The Healthy Homes Bill would create a Healthy Homes program to invest in life-changing home upgrades in low-income households.

I urge my legislators Art Robinson and Duane Stark and all of Southern Oregon’s legislators to vote yes on HB 2842 and HB 2021 (100% Clean Energy for All).

To learn more about the Healthy Homes Bill and the Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity Campaign, visit www.oregoncleanenergy.org.

Cailin Notch

Central Point