LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
I noticed that the State Earthquake Commission has predicted that a 9.0 earthquake is in our future, and the devastation will be terrible.
The global warming, oops, sorry, the climate change folks have predicted all kinds of future climate events and the devastation will be terrible. Some astonomers have predicted that a giant asteroid will strike us and the devastation will be terrible.
Yellowstone and other volcanic areas are predicted to erupt and the devastation will be terrible. Government at all levels needs millions more tax dollars or the devastation will be terrible.
All of the above will, supposedly, happen; it's just a matter of when.
The earthquake folks predicted a coming disaster a few years ago. So millions of dollars were immediately spent on the structural upgrade of government buildings, including the Medford City Hall.
So grab your wallets folks, because when government starts talking about coming disasters, it means only one thing: they intend to collect and spend more and more millions of taxpayer dollars. — C. Andrew Beck, Medford
I read with frustration the quote on the front of the Mail Tribune, "More people die behind the wheel of a car, but we're not talking about banning people from driving cars."
This White City gun owner doesn't realize that nobody is talking about banning guns. However, as I continued to think about his remark, I realized the wisdom of comparing gun and car regulations.
I like the idea that every gun carrier must carry an operating license. Gun licenses, like car licenses, would require regular renewal pending physical exam and a test, then be entered into state and national databases for easy tracking. Licenses would include fees for pubic safety. They'd have a photo. Owners would pay a tax on ammunition, like car owners pay on gas, to provide funding for law enforcement and safety.
Cars are licensed, so we would license guns, too. We have laws about street-legal cars to protect us against noise and pollution. We would do the same for guns. The more I considered Mr. Crawford's idea, the more it made sense. I support him if he takes this plan to our state Legislature, to Congress and to President Obama! — Tim Brandy, Ashland
In the Feb. 7 front-page article on the gun control debate, there was a quote, "More people die behind the wheel of a car, but we're not talking about banning people from driving."
That is a perfect example of the ignorant arguments foisted in this debate. Virtually every American rides in a car, or walks among them, almost every day. By contrast, only about 30 percent of households have guns. And of those, very few people play with their guns every day. Fewer than 34,000 people died in automobile-related incidents in 2012. Compare that with more than 32,000 gun-related deaths.
When you contrast the huge number of people exposed to cars daily with the very small number of people using guns daily, the number of gun deaths is staggering. Extrapolating, if the number of man-hours driving and gun handling were equal, we would all be dead.
I support the right to own guns. There are some responsible gun owners. But there has to be some control over the irresponsible owners. — Scott Wright, Medford
I have the solution to the assault weapon problem! The NRA says that guns don't kill people, people kill people. Well, it seems that most times I read about a shooting, the victim is female. I sometimes wonder if women should be on the endangered species list.
So, let's even the playing field of life. Let's allow only women to have assault weapons. They're more level-headed than men! They're not all trying to prove something! They're kinder! And God knows, if anyone truly needs protection, it's women! — Dean Leffler, Medford
Regarding Mr. Volkart's letter, having been a Jackson County corrections officer for 13 years, I have total support for Sheriff Winters and his jail operations.
Remember, we had one suicide and two other attempts. One inmate set his clothes and bedding on fire in an isolation cell and would not come out. It smoked up the entire jail (old courthouse jail). When finally out, he was wheezing and coughing with tears running down his face.
About two years after we moved to the new jail we started getting the uncooperatives, fighters and attempted escapees. Soon the druggies, assailants and burglars started to come in off the street. One inmate was found on the floor not breathing. After CPR he remained in a coma and hospitalized for nearly a year before returning to his family.
Inmates have bedding, clothing, pencils, etc., to help them with their self-destruction. Plus slamming doors on their bodies or their heads against the wall. Routine checks are made in an attempt to stop it.
It's great if the ACLU wants to help resolve this problem, but they'll have to start on the street. Bad-mouthing the job being done at this time is not the answer. — Wilfred Leitz, Medford
I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the person who found my camera and put it on the door handle of our vehicle which was parked in front of The Olive Garden recently. There were family photos on the camera that I would have hated to lose.
In this day and age when you hear so many horrible stories, it is very comforting to know there are still honest people in our midst. — M. Myers, Medford