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Letters, Feb. 22

Phoenix can learn a few things

The city of Phoenix may do well to learn lessons through observation. The MT’s recent article overlaying the issues surrounding the unnamed creek arising from a spring(s) proximal to Blue Heron Park brings forth observations as to how the city of Medford has (managed) similar environmental issues surrounding their parks.

Medford’s mantra seems to be “pipe it” and “cover it up” as evidenced by The new Bear Creek Park playground where a large slab of concrete was laid over the entire area of the previous structure which, during times of heavy rain, saw water from Baby Bear Creek — yes it has a name — overflow across the play area, saturating the rubber mats and pooling under the structures.

The soggy, grassy areas of Cedar Links Park is another example. Maybe the third time will be the charm for the Wes Howard property.

If observational learning doesn’t work, try anatomy: what do you have when liquids and materials enter a closed system of pipes? Answer: A digestive tract. And we all know what comes out of the end.

Bob Shand


End U.S. support for war

Friday’s Mail Tribune report on Sen. Jeff Merkley’s town hall omitted his response to my husband and me questioning U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. The senator addressed his advocacy to pressure Saudi Arabia to end its blockade restricting fuel into Yemen. The United Nations reported that 400,000 children under 5 are severely malnourished. Fuel is essential to transport food in this mountainous country, and more children will starve if the fuel shortage continues.

President Biden promised last year to end U.S. military support for the Saudi coalition, yet we still provide Saudi warplanes with aircraft maintenance, spare parts and intelligence. California Rep. Ro Khanna’s legislation ending such support has passed the House three times, but the Senate has squashed it. Merkley thoughtfully reflected on our oil-based foreign policy, which continues to enable Saudi Arabia despite the regime’s atrocities in Yemen and its killing of U.S. reporter Jamal Khashoggi and the climate catastrophe brought on by fossil fuel dependence.

Dial 202-224-3121 to thank and urge Sens. Merkley and Ron Wyden to continue the pressure toward ending U.S. complicity in the Saudi bombardment of Yemen, and to ask Congressman Benz to join them.

Brenda B. Gould