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Letters, Feb. 18

Time for a public option

A couple of years ago, when I was a freshman in college, my father had a heart attack. Fortunately for us, my mother’s employer-provided health insurance covered the cost of his care, and my family did not have to worry about affording his medical care. This was an immense relief, as we were already experiencing an inconsolable amount of fear and anxiety.

This is a privilege that I know many do not receive. Since 2013, insurance premiums have increased by 77%. Families have to pay high health care costs, so they have to worry about affording treatments while coping with high stress. Nearly losing a loved one is difficult enough without having expensive health care to grapple with.

I am calling on Oregon lawmakers to advocate for a public option in the Legislature. We need better choices that allow families experiencing health crises to focus on what matters most: their loved ones.

Sydney Brubaker

Medford

Same old song and dance

A recent article quoted the phrase “same old song and dance” in reference to a federal judge restoring Oregon wolves to their Endangered Species Act status. I find that asinine.

The same old song and dance is when a rancher moves his livestock to a region where wolves are known to roam, then wants the wolves destroyed when they kill his livestock.

The same old song and dance is when someone moves from the city to an area that is known to have cougars, puts goats in his backyard, then has a cougar killed for killing his goats.

The same old song and dance is when someone moves to the foothills where coyotes have roamed for decades, puts chickens in a pen, then shoots the coyotes when they kill the chickens.

The same old song and dance is when our wildlife, natural resources, and national lands aren’t entitled to “personhood status” protections and rights because they aren’t “persons.”

But corporations are.

Marti Hawes

Eagle Point