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Letters to the Editor, Dec. 26

Thanks for help

Christmastime can be rough when someone is seriously ill, like my spouse. He never complains even when faced with water problems, heat issues and the chronic pain of cancer.

I want to thank some kind folks who helped us this season.The Jeep Club who gave us a tree. Thank you so much. Access Inc. has been helping us with heating and medical needs all through his (still ongoing) recovery and treatment. Thanks Access! We love all of you

Shopping at Sherm's Food 4 Less, I ran out of money and a wonderful and generous neighbor stepped in to help. I want to let her know that her kindness will be remembered each and every Christmas in my home.

The staff and owner of the Touvelle Tavern cannot be forgotten; thanks for your support.

Santa Claus is alive and well right here in the people of the Rogue Valley. Happy Holiday.

Mrs Nicholas Occhipinti, White City

St. Vincent de Paul says thanks

Recently, St. Vincent de Paul in Medford received two generous grants to help us provide rent and utility assistance to our neighbors in need.

We were awarded $20,000 from The Old Bofie Foundation and $10,000 from Coleman Family Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation. This is the second donation for this purpose from each of these organizations in the past year.

These funds have been combined with other charitable contributions and St. Vincent’s internally generated funds to provide much-needed help to families and individuals who are in jeopardy of utility disconnection or homelessness. St. Vincent de Paul and the entire Rogue Valley community are indebted to Old Bofie and Coleman Family Fund (OCF) for their support. Thank you.

Phyllis Douglas, Talent

Faith restored

I have restored faith in our city and how it cares even about our little furry friends.

On Monday, my 22-pound cat, Hobo, aka Big Papa or Fatboy, jumped into a corner sewer and could not jump back out. I called Rogue Valley Sewer and Shane Macuk was able to quickly cut through some red tape with the City of Medford. He got his strappy and good looking crew working in the vicinity, with Tim Hammond, his lead person, to come and pull manholes and save Hobo!

These people never get recognized for these kind things and I wanted to say thank you publicly. Hobo is in lockdown!

Patty Davis, Medford

Carolers made my Christmas

Does anyone know the name of the group that was out caroling on Wednesday evening, Dec. 17, on Park Avenue?

They arrived in a covered wagon pulled by two draft horses and had about a hundred people in the wagon and walking and singing. It was the most beautiful expression of the Christmas reason I have heard in ages.

I would like to know what group, church or wherever they are from. Thank you, carolers, for making my Christmas. You took me way back to my childhood with this and I really appreciate it. God bless all of you. Merry Christmas.

Gary L. Staats, Medford

Lead shot threatens wildlife

A bald eagle found outside Ashland is likely just one of many wild animals in our state succumbing to lead poisoning.

Lead ammunition poses threats to wildlife that have been documented since 1898. But this is still the greatest, largely unregulated source of lead knowingly dispersed into our environment.

This problem is growing in Oregon to such a degree that some wildlife clinics are dedicating time and funds from their already limited resources to save poisoned animals. Audubon Society of Portland reported raptors, turkey vultures and ravens showing elevated blood lead during big game and coyote hunting season.

Lead is highly fragmentable — one bullet can splinter into more than 400 pieces upon impact. Humans or wild animals who eat the shot animal are at risk of consuming toxic flecks of lead and can endure painful and drawn out suffering. But that is entirely avoidable.

There’s a reason lead shot was phased out from waterfowl hunting nationwide since 1991. Lead is toxic and there are alternatives available.

As a conservation-minded state, Oregon should lead the way in phasing out the use of lead in hunting. This sensible, necessary step will protect wildlife and people.

Scott Beckstead,Sutherlin, senior Oregon director, Humane Society of the U.S.

Letters to the Editor, Dec. 26