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Letters, July 27

Be part of the solution

It is free of charge and requires very little effort, and yet it has the great potential of providing personal protection, aiding American defense and supporting humanity.

I am referring to the measures we have in America to decrease the impact of the COVID virus such as vaccines, wearing masks, testing, fact-based information and uniting efforts. I am privileged to be part of this movement, grateful to those who have made it possible and thankful for you who are participating.

Recently I noted that few, if any, people are wearing masks in places where masks are optional for those fully vaccinated. I assumed it was an indication that our greater population has been inoculated against COVID. However, data indicate otherwise. Less than half the population of Jackson County is fully vaccinated and sadly the number of COVID cases are again on the rise. (Check it out).

If you haven’t already, please take advantage of the free-of-charge COVID vaccine, wear a mask, or present a COVID solution that will protect our lives, businesses, etc.

M. Crane

Eagle Point

Who stands for us?

A recent MT editorial painted citizens who oppose the individuals committing the thefts, rampant drug use, arson fires, etc. in the Greenway with the ‘NIMBY’ label.

While every resource these days seems to be directed to the “homeless” issue, there seems to be little consideration given to law abiding citizens who follow the rules and desire a community with usable parks and sidewalks.

It certainly is not “NIMBY” for a young mother and her children to desire to use the water park at Hawthorne without having to put up with a drunk passed out on the lawn 10 feet from the fence line of the water park. It is beyond unfair to label citizens NIMBYs for not wanting shelters built in their neighborhoods.

There are literally hundreds of vacant commercial properties in the valley suitable for shelters, if actually needed. I think a more appropriate acronym is WSFU (Who Stands for Us). It’s high time the courts and local lawmakers look after the interests of law-abiding taxpayers. We have rights, too. Let’s take back our parks and public areas. Who Stands for Us (WSFU)?

Ted Krempa