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Letters, July 29

A mockery of the Wild and Scenic act

Senate Bill 192 makes a mockery of the revered Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, which was designed to protect rivers “with outstanding natural, cultural and recreational values in free flowing condition.”

Apparently Rich Fairbanks (letter, Sunday paper) has not visited the proposed sites, as less than 15% of the sites are even rivers. The one I visited was a dry gulch in an overstocked, forest with lots of dead wood around. The pictures I have seen of other sites have a guy standing with a foot on either side of a small stream (with a yard stick measure) which by no stretch of the imagination could be called a river much less wild and scenic.

The bill designates 4,700 miles of sites in addition to the current Wild and Scenic Rivers. Rich Fairbanks and others who support this bill have not visited the sites and therefore have not seen the dried-up gulches, creeks or streams designated by this bill. I strongly urge agencies and Congress to give the same rigorous study to determine which qualify instead of this sweeping legislation that makes a mockery of our revered wild and scenic rivers in Oregon.

Sue Kupillas, former Jackson County commissioner

Medford

Vaccines aren’t perfect

If you’ve gotten your COVID-19 vaccine, you are doing your part to help stop this epidemic.

A point to remember is that this vaccine does not provide 100% protection for all time. (on the other hand, nearly every new hospitalization and death from COVID-19 are in the unvaccinated). There will be breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in those who had the vaccine.

Think of your body’s defenses like a castle, with guard dogs out front (the first line) and other defenders within (second line). The first line attacks anything they don’t recognize, but are short lived. The second line can take weeks to respond without preparation.

When you are vaccinated, the front line knows what to look for and the second line can respond within days of an attack. So the body is better prepared to fend off the invaders. Getting vaccinated strengthens our natural defenses to protect us, our families, our co-workers and our community.

David Eisenberg, RN

Medford

Editorial enlightening

Your editorial was very enlightening. Oregon is the only state that forbids hospitals from requiring their employees be vaccinated. But, another law requires volunteers at the hospital be vaccinated.

We need the Legislature to be just as concerned about the wellbeing of hospital employees as they are about their volunteers. I guess if you want to be safe in a hospital in Oregon, find a volunteer.

Glenn Berk

Ashland