LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
A couple of curmudgeonly comments on content in the Sunday, June 1, edition:
1) Advice to the felons trying to get jobs: The onus is on you to convince an employer to take a chance on you. Cover your tattoos, get rid of the "faux hawk" haircut, don't wear earrings. A prospective employer cares less about your individuality and more about whether you can follow the rules. Act and look like you're ready to leave your past behind and be an adult, productive member of the community.
2) In my opinion any high school that has more than two valedictorians has curriculum and/or grading that is too easy. Is this part of the "everyone's a winner" mentality that is so prevalent in today's schools? — Elaine Wheeler, Central Point
Mail Tribune, thank you so much for putting a spotlight on such a problem that has been going on for several years in this valley. The discrimination of felons who are trying to get their life back together and the employers who hold them back from being gainfully employed was such a great story.
Too many local news agencies (TV) fail to bring up such tough issues and put a light on a subject such as this. It is very hard in this valley to get a meaningful job with a history, even if you have turned your life around. I would call on all local news agencies to keep this story alive. — Andy Lopez, Medford
Your Sunday editorial on the GMO ban was titled "Our View." It said those on the losing side should move on, not fight in court.
But on April 27, in the thick of the campaign, your view was a thorough listing of the corporate no campaign's talking points. Is your newspaper influenced by corporate money that tried to subvert citizens from voting in their self-interest and banning GMO crops?
Maybe now you are influenced that the vast majority of voters are also your customers.
Some praised the Mail Tribune for your graceful new statement, but I'm not impressed. I remember 4/27. You did not speak the voice of the people then, but of chemical companies Syngenta, Monsanto and the others, and their advocates, the Farm Bureau and Oregonians for Food and Shelter.
Independent media like the Rogue Valley Community Press supported the yes campaign from the beginning. RVCP takes no corporate advertising or donations and is free to speak truth.
The RVCP editorial board corrects line-by-line the false assertions of the MT's original position. RVCP is our courageous, honest media ally, not the MT, no matter what you are forced to say in the aftermath of our hard-won success. — Gregg Marchese, Ashland
The other day I served as a volunteer judge at South Medford High School where seniors were presenting their reports on their required senior projects. Each had written a typed report, which the judges could read, and then they had to do a PowerPoint presentation of their goals, experiences and outcomes.
I was impressed with the professionalism of the presentations. Most had chosen projects related to their career goals and had kept records of the time spent (at least 30 hours) in volunteer work with a mentor in the community. We saw pictures of their service in schools, after-school sports, churches and hospitals and heard what they had learned. I could see that these projects benefitted the community as well as the students.
I left feeling proud of these young people and our schools, and I advise others to volunteer for these presentations next year. — Jean Herron Huth, Medford