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Letters to the Editor, Nov. 9

Thanks for support

Thank you very much for all who voted for me and all your support and encouragement. A special thank you to my lovely campaign manager and Medford Tool for your kind and generous support.

George Schroeder, Medford

Thanks to voters

I'd like to thank the voters of Southern Oregon for your support in electing me to represent you in the U.S. House of Representatives. I am humbled by your confidence in me and pledge to continue working hard for policies that will grow jobs, root out wasteful spending, improve access to health care and stand up for our veterans.

Now is the time to put the campaigns behind us and work to improve the lives of ordinary Oregonians. I pledge to work as hard as I can to solve our problems, here at home and across the nation. I take this responsibility as your representative very seriously, and I will do my part to reach common ground to leave Oregon and America a better place for the next generation.

Greg Walden, Hood River

A devilish grin

This is regarding the picture of the man with the Cheshire Cat grin looking over his inventory of "medicinal" marijuana that appeared on the cover of the Nov.6 issue of the Mail Tribune. My one question is, how would it be if your neighborhood pharmacist had an expression like that as he looked over his inventory of painkillers and tranquilizers? On second thought, let's change that from Cheshire to devilish grin.

William Furrow, Medford

Tax it heavily

We're going to have to put up with recreational marijuana now. Tobacco and alcohol are very heavily taxed. Why should recreational pot be any different?

Richard Cody, Applegate

Disarm Citizens United

This mid-term election was the most expensive in American history. Campaign costs totaled $3.7 billion, exceeding the pre-Citizens United 2006 election year by 25 times. It was three times the amount spent in 2010, the year the Supreme Court decision handed our democracy to corporations on a silver platter .

To put things in perspective, Bloomberg News suggests that if that money were applied to Ebola research, the cost would be less than a quarter of the $3.7 billion. Saving the bald eagle and the gray wolf from extinction would consume only $1.7 billion, and the cost of helping the children without parents on our border, $1.6 billion.

Money spent on campaigns is exorbitant and unfair to the middle and lower classes who nurture deep-seated feelings representatives are corrupt and do not speak for them. On the other hand, winning a seat takes a lot of money to buy effective ads, hire a staff and run a campaign.

Campaign spending contributes nothing to the economy. While profitable to corporations and the wealthy, it is detrimental to the average person whose vote no longer counts. It is past the time to pass campaign finance reform or a constitutional amendment disarming Citizens United.

Kathy Svendsen, Grants Pass

Let the voters decide

I read in the Nov. 6 paper that the county intends to call a special election in March to approve a tax on marijuana. This would be a great opportunity to add to the ballot a measure to make county commissioners a nonpartisan position.

If we weren't convinced before, this election clearly demonstrates the foolish application of party labels to the commissioner race. Labels were exploited and misused to lure voters — and it worked. As a result, once again we saw little discussion of the real issues facing the county.

If you agree, contact Commissioners Skundrick and Rachor, and ask them, as their last action before leaving office, to take a stand. They should place a charter amendment on the ballot, and let the public decide.

Pam Marsh, Ashland

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 9