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Cheers and jeers

Cheers — to the fire crews battling dangerous blazes with grit and determination throughout the region this summer. Their great work turned the corner on the Oregon Gulch fire, the largest in Oregon so far. Special applause for the volunteers of the Greensprings Rural Fire Department, who narrowly escaped a treacherous fire  that reversed course toward them when the wind shifted, forcing them to flee. And our hearfelt condolences to the family, friends and fellow firefighters mourning the loss of Matthew Goodnature, who died in a fall while assigned to a fire near Four Mile Lake.

Jeers — to the decision by the Early Learning Council, which overreacted to concerns about medical marijuana use by state-licensed day care providers. As we argued in an editorial last week, it would have been fine for the council to prohibit child care providers from using medical marijuana while on the job. But the council went further, barring providers from even having a medical marijuana card if they wanted to keep their license. Unless the council is prepared to revoke the licenses of day care providers who take opioid painkillers, this will be a difficult decision to defend. The decision is temporary for six months. The council should use that time to reconsider.

Cheers — to the decision by the Medford Parks and Recreation Commission to find a new site where volunteers can hand out food to the homeless while Hawthorne Park is closed for remodeling. Food providers had been concerned that the closure would prevent them from providing food. If the City Council approves, a vacant lot at Front and Third streets could be upgraded with water and drinking fountains and used only for food distribution.

Cheers — to both of Medford's American Legion baseball teams for snagging state titles. The Mustangs, competing at the AAA level, and the Mavericks, in the A division, defeated all Oregon rivals and move on to regional competition. The AAA tournament started Thursday in Eugene, and the A regionals begin today in Alaska. Best of luck to both teams, and thanks for making us proud.