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Jane Hagan (guest opinion, April 27) says she has attended numerous Shady Cove City Council meetings concerning the demands of FEMA and claims that the city refuses to be accountable. She also states "that to correct the problems in the floodplain would be to admit mistakes" and that the city has refused to do this.

In reality, I have said more than once in those same meetings that FEMA, Jackson County and the city have all made mistakes and must share the responsibility for the situation. Furthermore, I believe that residents who have received letters regarding violations realize that the city has every intention of correcting flood plain problems.

The facts are that the city has made significant progress in its efforts to comply with the FEMA regulations and its own ordinance. This progress has been acknowledged by FEMA officials.

No one on the city government nor in the administration has any reason to hang their head in shame. We will continue to work diligently to reach compliance and to clear the good name of the city with the NFIP and FEMA. — Ruth Keith, mayor, Shady Cove

A tremendous amount of good food is thrown away daily at fast-food restaurants. The corporate industry wants the fastest times possible, but this kind of thinking needs to change from fast times to cooking only as ordered to avoid throwing away this good food.

But, on the other hand, as a fast-paced people, have we created this corporate monster by wanting everything right now? So they feed our speed while we waste what's left in our wake? — Sharon Fagone, Medford, a fast food employee

I thoroughly enjoyed the Rogue Opera's performance of "The Merry Wives of Windsor" April 25. We are so blessed to have such a talented small opera company in the Rogue Valley.

"Merry Wives" is a fun and familiar Shakespeare story, and I especially liked that it was sung in English — not Shakespearean English, but just plain English! The "imported" performers singing leads were incredible — their voices soared through the hall. But I was just as impressed with our local singing talent, the SOU voice students in the chorus and the amazing orchestra. The costumes are fabulous and the backdrops are wonderfully inventive.

I hope that the rest of the valley climbs on board and enjoys future performances. Rogue Opera is a gem, and we need to keep it shiny with our support! — Eliza Kauder, Ashland

Fishing, opening day. I want to start this on a positive note. Thank you to the persons fishing at Howard Prairie Lake for their performance at reducing litter. The roads and parks looked good after you left.

On the other hand, I would like to suggest the news media next year make a better effort at providing a service on Friday evening. Newscasts of accurate and timely information about the conditions of the fishing facilities would be a service.

And on Saturday evening, when the media used old summertime file video, that may be entertaining and cheap but it further advances the mixed messages. — John Walsh, Howard Prairie

I mourn the death of two Medford firefighters. They died in my back yard. They were up there on the hillside a half mile above me when I went to bed Thursday night.

I pray for their families. I know the pain of sudden loss. I pray the creator will give them comfort and balance.

Two experienced men took a new machine into the hills and asked it to do what it could not. In the moment they realized that their machine had betrayed them, I pray they were at peace in their lives.

Perhaps now we can ask ourselves, as a society and a culture, to what limits can we push our machines until they betray us? I pray we lose no more lives, in the hills of Southern Oregon or on the sands of Iraq, before we find the answer. — Jack Duggan, Applegate Valley

I wish to thank the 35-plus residents of Talent that attended the city Planning Commission meeting April 24. Their overwhelming support and testimony requesting a denial of the proposed Clearwire 80-foot wireless microwave radiation tower was inspiring.

The Planning Commission gave a seven-day continuance to digest the testimony and provide concerned citizens with more time to submit additional evidence in their desire to make Clearwire share an existing tower.

Opposition to the new tower covers the preponderance of health issues, the negative visual impact, the potential for diminishing property values and real estate liability disclosure laws and the FCC emphasis on sharing before constructing new facilities.

The FCC has absolute jurisdiction, making it illegal for local communities to deny applications based upon the preponderance of health risks related to electromagnetic fields. Clearwire insinuated they would be prepared to "go legal" against the city of Talent if their application was denied based upon any concerns relating to the health and safety of our families. — John Conley, Talent