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Letters, March 17

Gas prices

The legacy media, all of it, as well as most others of liberal persuasion must think that we citizens are quite stupid. We are bombarded daily with news of rising gas prices, in conjunction with the Russian invasion of Ukraine. All rhetoric is slanted to blame the Russian invasion for the meteoric price rise, and not a word about the real cause.

Let all of us remember that the rise in gas prices began over a year ago, when Biden, by executive order, restrained the energy sector, canceling leases and pipelines. This extremely unwise action degraded the U.S. from a position of energy independence to an importer, depending upon Russia and other oil exporters to meet domestic demand.

Some will say that restraining the U.S. energy sector means less carbon emission, but that is not true. The same amount of gasoline is needed in the U..S, and frankly, it is idiotic to pay other nations to supply that fuel when we could supply it domestically at a competetive cost. So, when you fill up your tank, blame the robbery on the misleading, uncaring present administration.

Don Skillman


Supporting fellow graduate

What great news to see that fellow Monterey Institute of International Studies graduate Denise D. Krause is running for county commissioner! You have my vote, Denise, because I know the professional and forward-thinking grads that excellent institution produces!

Cara Jacobson, MIIS, Class of ’81


Mentoring group needs help

We mentor young people, ages 10 to 24 in Jackson County through circles and one-to-one relationships. In the past 12 years, we have provided more than 1,000 volunteer mentors to at-risk youth in our community. We currently mentor more than 200 young people in a caring and compassionate setting.

On the night of March 8, we suffered a devastating break-in at our facility that resulted in the loss of

5 large propane tanks, 9 bikes for kids (all in perfect condition), outdoor heaters and other property, all valued at about $5,000. Our budget is very tight—we cannot reach into our pockets to replace stolen property.

We are appealing for help from the community in the form of tax-deductible, 501(c)3 donations. Please send checks to Rogue Valley Mentoring, 2931 S. Pacific Highway, Medford 97501. If you would like to learn more, see rvmentoring.org.

Bea Bacher-Wetmore