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Letters, July 12

Responsibility

I took a drive around some Medford eastside neighborhoods the night of July 4. It was a war zone.

Smoke everywhere, blasts, commercial grade aerial displays, M80s, bottle rockets, fireworks set in the middle of arterial streets. All of it in the middle of grass, groves of trees, cars and roofs. You get the picture. I did not see one police or fire department vehicle anywhere.

So much for the “educate yourselves” policy. What does it take for elected officials to actually do their jobs?

The Medford City Council and the county commissioners are responsible for any damage that results from this insanity.

K. Hochstatter

Medford

Death statistics

In a recent letter the writer gave statistics for deaths from fireworks, suicide and gun violence. While those numbers were accurate according to the CDC, they are statistically small among the top causes of death in this country and they are even smaller when examined on the local level.

For 2018, the last year for which complete data are available from the CDC and the Oregon Health Authority, there were six homicides in Jackson County out of 2,357 total deaths. The OHA does not list the method used in the homicides and the writer ponders whether we might need to restrict the sale of guns to reduce this violence? There were also 403 abortions in Jackson County in 2018 but the writer wasn’t interested enough in those preventable deaths of preborn Jackson County residents to mention them.

Oscar Zuniga

Medford

1st Phoenix says thanks

1st Phoenix Community Center thanks Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation for their 2020 grant of $5,000. We have provided protein and food to anyone in need for over 23 years. Thanks to foundations like Cow Creek, we can grow our Phoenix Food Pantry and provide community needs to be healthy and to recover from the Almeda Fire.

1stPCC, utilizing grants and donations, is open at First Presbyterian Church, Second and Church streets, 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Clothing Closet is open at the same time and Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. or by appointment.

We need more donors through Phoenix Food Project! Sign up at PhoenixfFoodProject.org or call 541-535-1119. Green Bag Day is Aug. 14. Sign up then!

Please join us in thanking Cow Creek Foundation for believing, as we do, that “nobody should be hungry. Invest in basic needs to allow families to focus on building their future.”

Karen Jones

1st Phoenix Community Center board

Revising the Pledge of Allegiance

Those of us who have difficulty reconciling our conscience with some of the wording in the Pledge of Allegiance, take heart. The insertion of “striving” makes it possible.

Here’s the outcome: “I pledge allegiance ... one nation under God, striving toward liberty and justice for all.” You may also want to change, or omit, the word “God”. Diversity is a cornerstone of a healthy democracy. Take heart!

Carola Lacy

Ashland