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Letters to the Editor, Sept. 10

A miracle in action

To those of us who are fortunate enough to live in the Rogue Valley, many of us are oblivious to all the wonderful, dedicated people and organizations that make our lives so happy.

Suffice it to say there are too many to list, but here is one right in the heart of Medford, where one man's dream after many years of hard work and dedication became a daily miracle. That miracle is the Medford Gospel Mission, and the miracle worker is Will Holmbeck, an easy-going, unpretentious, hard worker.

To experience a miracle in action, please call the Medford Gospel Mission for reservations for a delicious free meal served restaurant-style. Either before or after the meal, please ask Will for a tour. Guaranteed, you will be impressed to see how Will turned his dream into a miracle. Hopefully after experiencing Will's dream, you will be inspired to put your own dream into action.

Harry Detwiler, Ashland

We need Talbert

Soon we’ll decide on our next county commissioner. There’s a clear choice between two very different candidates.

On the one hand, there is Colleen Roberts, doubtless a nice person but someone of profound inexperience. On the other hand is Kevin Talbert. Kevin — an Army veteran, former Peace Corps volunteer and resident of the county for many years — has years of experience managing large numbers of staff employees, preparing and overseeing multi-million dollar budgets, and working successfully with people of diverse viewpoints and objectives.

Kevin has the support of former county commissioners from both political parties, and by the Board of Commissioners' two current, outgoing Republican members. People who’ve worked with him over the years know his ability to identify the crux of a tough problem and then work toward a viable solution. Kevin Talbert’s a smart, experienced, pragmatic person. His skills are needed on our county Board of Commissioners.

Jeff LaLande, Ashland

Manor coverage annoying

I was so annoyed when I opened the paper and saw that you had given the Manor front page of the local section.

What those millionaires do there is not of my interest. Who cares what their money buys? Have they ever contributed to the good of the community? Even their "garage sale" is making them money from their millionaire's castoffs.

Give space to local worthy causes and stop crediting Manor residents with what their money buys for themselves. Surely I am not alone in this dissatisfaction with your editorial preference for the affluent society of Medford.

Ashland, another affluent town, has constantly shown their willingness to aid and abet the homeless and other groups less fortunate. Tell the Manor to sit up and contribute to others. And for the Mail Tribune to stop this needless editorial of the Manor's riches.

Carolyn Shaw, Grants Pass

Water in Shady Cove?

Hiland Water Company, which purchased Shady Cove Water Works, will hold a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at the fire station in Shady Cove.

They will 1) Distribute a map of existing infrastructure (Northridge, Whispering Pines, and SCWW combined) so folks can see how close or far away they are from water; 2) Share information about some of the current projects and Hiland's big picture plan to provide water to the Shady Cove community; 3) Provide information to residents about the process of signing up for service. Outline logistics, costs, water availability, and timing. Provide Hiland water contact/website information; 4) Discuss water rates, possible dissolution of Whispering Pines and Northridge (absorbed by SCWW) and potential impact on water rates; and 5) provide a Q&A session.

This is a good opportunity to learn more about water in Shady Cove.

Gary Endicott, Shady Cove