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Letters, Oct. 2

Commissioner qualifications

Frankly, I didn’t know what a Jackson County commissioner does. Goodness knows, I had never received information back from any of them when I requested it.

So I looked it up. Most importantly, I discovered that the Board of Commissioners oversees a budget of $600 million, including the county airport, county health care, data systems, the county assessor, public health and many more. The board should be the central point of information for disasters like the 2021 fires, yet I see woefully little in their minutes that reflect any interest in it at all.

The job of commissioner requires someone with extraordinary skills, someone like Denise Krause, someone who has managed multi-million dollar university departments, developed data services for the health care sector for both higher education and as an entrepreneur, and so much more.

More than anything else, the job requires someone with unquestioned integrity. That is Denise Krause.

MaryAnn Shank

Ashland

Re-elect Jeff Golden

Jeff Golden brought a boatload of common sense and an uncommon streak of independence to the Oregon Legislature when he was elected to the Senate in 2018. In that race, Jeff refused to take campaign contributions from lobbyists, PACs or corporations.

He’s doing that again in his campaign for re-election, but with a slight twist. Instead, he accepts the money — but then donates it to a local nonprofit to help people in need. Gotta love that!

Jeff is not beholden to special interests, only to the voters who put him in office in the first place. As chair of the Senate Campaign Finance Committee, Jeff led the effort to put Measure 107 on the 2020 ballot. That measure amended the Oregon Constitution to allow our state to regulate and limit the influence of money in politics.

Please join me in voting to re-elect Jeff Golden to the Oregon Senate.

Mark Huddleston

Eagle Point

Traffic safety conflict

If camera-issued traffic citations played no other role than to to discourage unsafe driving

behavior, the ethics of their use would be far less problematic. But the technology must, at a

minimum, pay for itself and cities quickly become dependent on revenue collected from traffic

fines. It is this dual role of fines as both penalty and profit that engenders an inherent conflict of interest.

ODOT’s Traffic Control Plan Design Manual lays out best practices for maximizing motorist compliance with traffic control systems. But maximizing driver compliance minimizes fine revenue. There are a number of scenarios within the city of Medford where closer adherence to TCPDM recommendations regarding signage, approach speeds, traffic facility engineering and light timing could reduce violations and enhance public safety. The citizens of Medford deserve to know why that isn’t happening.

Steve Bismarck

Medford