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Letters, Oct.14

Wildflowers

This past May, the Mail Tribune published a letter I wrote that stated: “the governor and the Legislature continue to ignore their statutory obligation to conserve Oregon’s wildflowers and native plants. For the past 10 years they have failed to adequately fund the Oregon Native Plant Conservation Program.”

Thanks to you and wildflower lovers throughout Oregon who testified and contacted their legislators, funding has been restored to the Department of Agriculture’s Native Plant Conservation Program.

Rep. Dan Rayfield, District 16 Corvallis, especially deserves our gratitude. It was because of his leadership on the Emergency Board that funding for native plant conservation was included in HB 5006 which passed in June and was signed by the governor in August.

Please send a thank you to Rep. Rayfield at rep.danrayfield@oregonlegislature.gov

Dave Garcia

Medford

Seeking local WW II vets

Are you aware of any World War II veterans that are still left in Jackson or Josephine counties? The Non Commissioned Officers Association has a wonderful gold recognition medallion for the Greatest Generation.

I need help in finding these brave men or women while they are still alive so that we can present this beautiful award to them to thank them for their sacrifice on our behalf. We will also present them to immediate family so that the family has something to pass down to the next generation.

If you know of a veteran in Southern Oregon who is a neighbor, family or perhaps they may be in an assisted living facility, please let me know so that we can make a presentation while they are still here. If you can put the word out to your contacts for assistance in identifying where these veterans might be, I would appreciate it.

I have several medals in stock and can get as many as we need in short order, so please help bring appropriate recognition to these honored veterans. Call 541-601-8467 or email retiredveteran89@outlook.com.

Terry M. Haines, chairman, Rogue Chapter 1260, Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA)

Central Point