LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Trash Oregon. That's what the Pacific Connector natural gas pipeline through Oregon does.
Liquid natural gas for our needs is one thing, but this LNG is going to foreign countries — 100 percent of it! It will pollute our water at the source, killing fish, wildlife, plants, etc. Eminent domain can come into play when private property is purchased. Homeowners near this pipeline will see their property values decrease, yet the price of fuel will continue to increase.
This pipeline is 3 feet in diameter with 1,800 pounds of pressure per square inch; 7.4 billion gallons will pass through it every day. If this pipeline blows, as many have, it will be devastating. No combination of fire departments will be able to deal with this.
Estimated cost of the Pacific Connector is $1.7 billion. Profit at even $1 per gallon is over $7 billion per day. Yet there is nothing in it for Oregon residents. Alaskans get a yearly check from the oil companies.
Supply and demand bring down the cost of fuel, which is an economic boost for us all.
Get mad! Call John Kitzhaber at 503-378-4582 or Ron Wyden at 541-431-0229. — Annina Stills, Trail
Perhaps now we can dispassionately examine the consequences of the GMO vote. On the plus side, those who regularly purchase organic foods may see prices drop, as more farmers turn to producing organic foods. On the negative side, farmers who, in the past, chose to produce genetically modified crops will either quit farming altogether or pay the price to switch to non-GMO crops.
Fortunately, the millions of hungry people around the world do not rely on Jackson County for their food supply. It's a simple fact that, without the use of genetic modification, it is not possible to feed the entire world. The yields from non-GMO fields are simply inadequate. If we are to feed the masses, which continue to grow exponentially, we must rely on GMO crops.
It is ironic that voters in Ashland, who would probably be at the forefront of any demonstration regarding world hunger, are celebrating the fact that food needed to feed the hungry will not be produced in their backyard. For the sake of those crying out for sustenance, it is fortunate indeed that rejection of genetically modified crops is so far limited to backwaters of ignorance such as our county. — Jim Andrews, Medford