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Letters, June 3

An Oregon champion

Oregonians will forever owe Gov. Kate Brown an enormous debt of gratitude for her courage in handling the coronavirus pandemic.

Truth beats conspiracy when crafting public policy. To date, Oregon has suffered 62 deaths per 100,000 population. That’s the fifth lowest mortality rate in the nation.

Despite torrents of misguided, often politically motivated abuse, Brown put lives first.

It could have been so much worse. We’re a coastal state and among the first reached by the pandemic. Brown held the line.

Governors who failed to take heed of Italy and New York City, and promoted unmasked irrational behavior, inflicted terrible losses. Per 100,000 residents, Arizona has lost 241, Florida 170, Louisiana 227 and Mississippi 245 people.

These are horrific death rates double to nearly quadruple what we have suffered.

As of May 26, 2,268 Oregonians died of COVID-19. Deaths could have topped 10,000.

Thanks, Kate.

Alberto Enriquez

Medford

It’s about drought, not fish

In response to Rep. Cliff Bentz’s catastrophic drought and Klamath Basin newsletter:

All of Southern Oregon is experiencing drought. TID Water in Jackson County is due to be cut off early this year as well as in other parts of Southern Oregon. The fight against climate change and the allocation of irrigation water in Klamath County is not “about fish” as stated by Congressman Bentz. It is about attempting to slow and eventually halt our regional drought which is currently devastating.

It rained 12 inches in a single day last week in a region outside of Houston, Texas, in what is now often the case in parts of the Southern U.S. It resulted in flooding roads, the closing of schools and businesses causing economic hardships (these rainstorms are not hurricane associated). Yet we are experiencing a severe drought in all of Southern Oregon.

Our actions should be to assist all aspects of defeating climate change for the good of all citizens and future generations, not just ranchers attempting to grow hay in the desert. My own trees, grapevines and gardens will have to suffer this year as well as yours.

Sincerely hopeful for cautious water use,

Denise Tschann

Ashland