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Letters to the Editor, Nov. 11

Looking ahead

Now that we have the issue of "recreational marijuana" out of the way, placing it in the category of "recreational boozing," we can get onto bigger and lower things, such as legalization of "recreational meth", or perhaps "recreational opium." We have discovered the use of the word "recreational" has placed unsavory things in a better light. Well, I doubt that non-users of marijuana voted for its legalization, so it should give us some indication of where our society is headed. It may have begun with the legalization of Obama.

Bill Smart, Talent

After-election thoughts

It is amusing that the writers of "Our View," Nov. 6, discredit voters again as confused on candidates they marginalize, demonize, call extremist and disapprove of. This country is divided equally on ideological differences and respect should be given to all thoughts despite differences.

Yes, Jackson County has stayed on solid financial footing — however, funded from the backs of the middle class! In 12 years, our taxes have increased by $1,951. This year our taxes went up $421, $195 just for the library. We believe the RVTD measure was defeated because people are frustrated with constant and continuous increases.

We buy our car, pay for gas, repairs, license, fees, insurance, and we pay for those unable to pay their fair share. Does this mean we do not care? Absolutely not! We have humble causes we care about and support! Might there be some greater responsibility on the part of the bus riders, for those using the library to pay a minimal fee, or those receiving other free services such as health care?

Taxpayers are overburdened and frustrated! As our parents said in the 1950s, "You can't squeeze blood out of a turnip." How much will it be next year?

Joe and Debbie Dauenhauer, Ashland

History forgotten

After the votes are in and people have spoken, we all go back to whatever we were doing before the elections.

It's hard for me to belong to either party anymore, so, I officially changed to an independent. Whatever your party or beliefs, I think the nation again has voted for those who will have us in perpetual war. Yes, both parties took us there, and here we go again. Switching back and forth between parties, only to get the same.

Fear drives us to not see this. Fear of "others," fear of the unknown, and fear itself. The status quo is back and it replaced the status quo. Really, do we not see this? Well, so be it. In the coming years, while you begin to think "this looks and sounds familiar," you will be right. We did it again.

So speak out loudly when this finally hits home for you. As the body bags begin the journey home, it's too late for many. Tell your representatives in Washington "no more war," "No more lies." But it's up to us to be fearless in the face of hate and confusion, given to us by the status quo.

Judith Sanders, Medford

Ranchers crying wolf

Oregon cattle ranchers are crying wolf.

From media coverage, you’d think wolves and other predators were eating ranchers out of house and home, causing significant losses to their livelihoods. This is absolutely false.

According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, 3 percent of Oregon’s cattle deaths are caused by predators, as opposed to a whopping 97 percent caused by non-predator issues, mainly disease, injury/lameness or unknown causes.

Since returning to Oregon, wolves have been responsible for less than half of 1 percent of cattle losses. The USDA computes this figure as zero losses.

To improve their bottom line, ranchers need to address the 97percent of losses by improving husbandry; tracking herds, treating disease, injury and that "unknown" category responsible for 30 percent of their losses.

The USDA reveals only 13 percent of Oregon cattle ranchers remove carcasses. While ranchers whine about predators, the majority invites them in to dine on their losses.

Considering the odds of wolf predation, it’s absurd to suggest, much less put on the front page, that OR-7 may have killed a cow in Prospect.

Sally Mackler, Jacksonville

Solution must be fair

One of the problems with Mr. Mumby’s argument against the mileage driven tax (MT, Nov. 7) is that the only ones paying the vast majority of the upkeep and repair of our roadways are those who buy gasoline. The drivers of electric and hybrid cars do not pay their fair share.

Yes, the miles driven tax would not collect upkeep fees from out-of-state drivers, so another solution must be sought. Perhaps a combination of both systems with a rebate or tax credit for Oregonians for overpayment calculated with the use of whatever technology used to calculate miles driven.

Unfortunately, even this method will not collect from those out-of-state drivers. Perhaps a separate tax for all electric and hybrid cars equal to that paid by gasoline car drivers. Whatever the solution, it has to be fair to all Oregonian drivers whether they drive gasoline-powered vehicles, electric or hybrid.

Pat Butler, Medford

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 11