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Letters, Aug. 1

Community pride?

Even though I moved away I still consider Southern Oregon my home. I spent the first 24 years of my life in the State of Jefferson. Every return trip is a treat, a recharge for my soul. No place on earth is better. But after a recent visit I left feeling empty.

Heading out of MFR it felt like an episode of the Walking Dead. So many desolate people. At first that’s all I could see. But my focus quickly shifted from those wondering the streets to the reactions of the community. I saw mothers afraid for children in parks I once considered as safe as my living room and a general sense of uneasiness in the community at large.

Take back your community, Southern Oregon. Make it as beautiful and safe as it was when I had the pleasure to grow up there. I may not be a regular resident, but I am a proud Oregonian. Let it be you, the great members of the community that stand out the next time I’m there because its you, the people of Southern Oregon that make it great.

Jared Connors

Oregonian living in Arizona

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