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Letters to the Editor, Jan. 22

It's just a game

In the overall scheme of things, it really doesn't matter who wins or loses a game. It's unfortunate that people, in this country, put a false importance on someone else playing a game.

What would overpaid professional athletes do for a living, if they didn't have sports? Back in the '60s, pro players only got paid to play the game. During the off season they had to do real gainful employment.

The important things in life are passed over for sports? Where's the equity in that?

Is it really worth it to be a fan? All that money spent on being a fan of a team. Those pro athletes don't give a darn about who you are. They don't know you, and would never want to because, monetarily you are beneath their social standing. It's time to get a real life, sports fans.

Wil Scarrow, Gold Hill

Oppose LNG project

Bryan Sohl made some excellent points regarding the Jordan Cove LNG project. These are valid environmental concerns.

The DEQ is taking public comments and is having a meeting tonight at North Medford High School at 6 p.m. Check out Rogueriverkeeper.org for more information.

Sheila Cloud, Medford

A Tom McCall moment

Our family owns 160 acres on Clover Creek Road in Klamath County in the proposed right of way for the LNG export project. The property has been surveyed and flagged without our permission. We are both heartbroken and mad as hell.

Our inquiries have determined that Senators Merkley and Wyden and Governor Kitzhaber are currently in favor of the LNG project or silent. Why would they oppose coal and oil exports by Portland, while supporting fracked gas exports in Southern Oregon?

As a born and bred Oregonian, I remember Gov. Tom McCall. He adamantly stood up to the out-of-state corporate interests eager to exploit our state. Tom McCall, a Republican governor, would never have stood for the current threat to property rights or local economies, all to benefit a Canadian company.

Are we really going to sit back and watch rights get trampled, gas leave our country and U.S. energy independence slip away while our energy prices rise and pollution from Asian smokestacks wafts back over us? Please join us, and make your voices heard!

Come to the DEQ meeting tonight at 6 p.m. (rally at 5 p.m.) at North Medford High School. It’s time for clean energy. Not LNG.

Ron Schaaf, Ashland

Vaccine refusal is bad science

You parents out there who choose not to vaccinate your children are putting immunocompromised people at risk of overwhelming infection and even death.

As a rheumatologist, I treat people who have weakened immune systems from diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus and from some of the medications they must take for their conditions. My patients, as well as those with cancer, diabetes, kidney failure, heart failure, emphysema and other chronic conditions are also at high risk from being exposed to your unvaccinated children.

There are no reputable studies that have conclusively linked vaccines to autism. By failing to vaccinate your kids, you are behaving selfishly and socially irresponsibly.

It's just bad science.

Karen Basin, M.D., Medford

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 22