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Letters to the Editor, Nov. 3

Write in Miller

We are writing in support of Matthew Miller as a write-in candidate for Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission, position 4. We have known Matt for more than four years. He is smart, responsible, resourceful and works well with others. As an excellent all-around athlete, he is committed to improving the recreational opportunities for all the citizens of Ashland. Our community would greatly benefit from Matt's involvement as the parks commissioner, position 4.

June Mather, Ashland

Watch carefully

Time to assess your options. Do you like having your taxes increased? Did you have a voice in the matter? No, and you never will if the current liberal politicians retain office.

Example: If you are faced with mounting medical bills you will now be limited to a maximum deduction of $1,800 no matter your total costs, including insurance. No longer are you allowed a deduction similar to federal allowances. Regardless of the protestations of the liberals (Democrats) who claim no new taxes, this limiting of deductions not only for medical expenses but other federally allowed deductions will result in everyone paying an increase in tax liability. Watch carefully your marks on your ballot as it will likely mean an impact to you financially now and in the future.

Jerome Withrow, Shady Cove

Yes on open primary

I have to laugh at the commercials and mailers that are using ridiculous fear tactics. Oh my God — what if you only have two Republicans to vote for? Or two Democrats?

Here's a thought, how about an Independent that big business forgot to buy? That's what is really scaring the status quo, the thought of voting for someone with a brain. Morals that don't include falling into lockstep with the party values. Someone potentially considering what's right for us rather than what big money dictates. How can including 600,000 more voters be bad?

What a world it would be without the bought-and-paid-for two-party system we have right now.

Wendy Grammatica, Central Point

The right candidate

Vote Rick Dyer for county commissioner, position 1! I've known him and his family for six years. He's everything Jackson County needs:

1. Volunteer extraordinaire at Lone Pine Elementary No joke: He has put in hours at our book fairs, jog-athons and selling hot dogs! He brings new ideas to help events run more efficiently, and never missed a shift!

2. Patient, instructive (also volunteer) coach to basketball and football youth teams.

3. Smart, small-business owner.

4. Caring, supportive husband and dad!

We need all these traits in our commissioners!

Vote Rick Dyer!

Monica Lewis, Medford

Integrity should prevail

Football and politics are different!

Football is a wonderfully entertaining game grounded in deception. Fool them into thinking you are going left, but go right. Fake the handoff, then launch the bomb. Such a game plan of deception, however, is not what we should demand of politicians.

Senator/Dr. Alan Bates embodies honesty, vision, action, perseverance, accomplishment, compassion and proven ability to work “across the aisle.” Partisan politics and deception only generates stalemate, mistrust and a lack of forward progress — witness Congress today.

Woefully misleading characterizations of Senator Bates by his opponent’s advertisements represent nothing but fourth-down punts, fumbles, penalties and a lack of forward progress. Elections, like football, understandably generate heat and healthy confrontation. However, at this stage of the election game, integrity should always prevail so the electorate truly knows who and what they are voting for.

Go Ducks! Go Beavers! Go Bates!

Brian W. Gross, Medford

Address climate now

There can be little doubt for anyone looking at climate trends in this region that global warming and its climate chaos consequences are here and now. Projections suggest a continuation of most trends — destined only to worsen unless we address the root cause.

At a recent candidate forum on clean energy and climate change, State Senate candidate Alan Bates acknowledged climate science and recognized we need to address climate change. County commissioner candidates Moro and Talbert also demonstrated that they live in the real world and urged action.

Republican candidates, on the other hand, simply declined to attend and thus left the audience to wonder whether they subscribe to standard Republican Party rhetoric. Do they deny either that warming is happening or humans are contributing, thus rejecting the scientific consensus of 97 percent of climate scientists? When in doubt, we should vote for those willingly expressing concerns.

Ken Deveney, Ashland

We've suffered enough

Sheriff Winters should know that wasting taxpayer dollars on frivolous lawsuits and enforcement projects outside the county "sucks the life out" of voters who are "worn down" from his antics. His decision to skip debates and forums while endorsing his candidate, announcing his retirement, then claiming he will continue if elected makes him look unprofessional and childish.

Corey Falls will be a positive, professional change for sheriff. We have suffered enough.

Derek Volkart, Talent

Supporting Watson

I am writing in support of Andrew John Watson for City Council, Ward 4.

Mr. Watson is a career law enforcement officer who was been serving in community justice for 18 years. Over his career he has worked with at-risk youth and currently supervises sex offenders, working tirelessly to hold them accountable and keep our city safe. He is also the type of man who supports and encourages his friends and family, and certainly the kind of neighbor who is always there for you whether in an emergency, or to celebrate life's precious times. Undoubtedly he will use these characteristics to uphold important values for Medford's Ward 4 on the City Council.

Amanda Olson, Medford

Bible is the guide

This is in response to Noni McCrillis’ (Sept. 25) letter. First, I’d wonder if the writer picks and chooses which parts of the Bible she wants to accept. Second, I’m not, nor are other Christians, trying to run anyone’s life; the Bible should be your guide for a correctly run life.

What I read in the Bible says a man and another man should not even be in the relationship described, calling it an abomination in Leviticus 18:22, "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination." So forget the issue of whether they should be allowed to be married. Further proof is in Romans 1:27, which states, “And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”

So not only is it called an abomination, but unseemly. Like I wrote earlier, the right to marry or the definition of marriage is secondary, two men shouldn’t even be in this un-Biblical relationship.

Dace Cochran, Medford

No child is a mistake

Regarding the sperm bank controversy, Ms. Cramblett should have stuck to her Barbie dolls. One mistake was putting this precious child's name and picture in the paper. The biggest mistake was not regarding the effect of this whole situation on this child.

This matter should have been handled privately. The welfare of the child should have been the top priority. Obviously, once again, money rules. What price can we put on giving up the acceptance a child needs to feel? A real "mother" would never put her child in this position.

Molly Hubbell Burgess, Medford

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 3