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Letters, Aug. 20

How much longer?

How much longer are we going to endure the reckless, life-threatening nonactions from our Jackson County commissioners?

For me, the time is long past, the testing lines are long, the ICUs are past capacity and folks are sick and dying.

This is a matter of life and death, yet the commissioners refuse to act. Worse, they oppose action to mitigate this disaster.

Gov. Kate Brown has saved thousands, maybe tens of thousands, maybe more lives by her strong and unpopular actions to save Oregonians from themselves.

Those who govern have a responsibility to do their best for the rest of us, not react to current political philosophy, which has done so much damage to the welfare of us all. Common sense must prevail and I can’t see any of it happening here. We need new commissioners caring for the physical health of our county.

Vaccinate, mask up, be a part of the solution which has just eluded our grasp, let’s get it back.

Jim Akins

Phoenix

Building on a floodplain

People build on the floodplain as if it would never flood again and course it does.

I see people building new houses in the old way, using highly combustible materials such as OSB board, plywood, and three tab shingles. New houses in a fire area such as where we live should be built with noncombustible materials.

Roof materials should be noncombustible. A common roofing material is three tab composition roofing which consist of fiber impregnated with tar and covered with gravel — highly combustible. Whenever you see a black smoke in the sky you know it’s a structure fire because of the tar shingles.

Suitable roofing materials would be metal, tile, cement tile, corrugated cement panels(Mexico) earth, and slate.

Walls should be noncombustible material such as stucco, exterior sheet rock, cement board, metal (steel), brick, cement block and composite block.

No wood fences. Fences should be noncombustible such as metal(steel), concrete block chain-link fence with colored strips or corrugated metal panels that are powder coated.

Neil Stewart

Ashland