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Letters, Sept. 4

Resource waste thru sprawl

Although the smarmy, nauseating title of Oregon’s recent anti-sprawl act, Climate Friendly and Equitable Communities, would offend many, the sentiment of the act is correct.

For 70 years Medford has accommodated growth by a failure to use land and other resources frugally. The consequence is a density of under 3,000 people per square mile, an overly automobile-dependent city, an unwalkable city, a less livable city and an excessive cost of delivering city services to residents.

Now there is talk of suing to stop something that should have been standard policy decades ago.

And, of course, Medford City Council agendas continue to feature the usual annexation requests. The agenda for the Sept. 1 meeting featured two items that will annex 437 acres.

Ultimately that will result in thousands of additional vehicle trips to further clog Medford’s streets.

Lithia Motors set a great example of what can be achieved with central redevelopment by building their corporate office in downtown Medford.

Medford leaders fail to properly follow up that example. Pity.

Brent Thompson

Ashland

City beautification

City beautification means a variety of efforts by its citizens. I enjoy, on morning walks, the different landscapes homeowners use to identify and beautify their homes. Desertscapes, lawns to cinders, to full blown English cottage gardens are used to enhance the neighborhood as well as the home itself.

The city has made green spaces as points of beauty as well. Have you noticed the addition and improvements made to the city parks recently? A shoutout is earned by the city Parks and Recreation Department who would like you to: walk to your nearest neighborhood park; enjoy the surroundings and amenities each park may offer; take part in the parks activities; and be sure to help in keeping our parks safe and clean. Thank you, city Parks and Recreation.

Bill Hunt

Medford Garden Club

Correction

Denise Krause is running against Jackson County Commissioner Rick Dyer in the November election. A letter in Wednesday’s paper incorrectly stated that Krause is challeging Commissioner Colleen Roberts.