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Letters to the Editor, Jan. 23

Pantry says thanks

The Phoenix Food Pantry relies on community donations. Two local businesses and their customers have supported us big time.

Many thanks to all you shoppers who contributed to the Ray's Stuff the Truck food drive in December: You purchased approximately 3,078 pounds of just-in-time goods that moved straight into our almost-empty pantry.

Next, to the Iron Skillet Restaurant, we all say sweet! And we just donut know how we got through pantry days without your scrumptious pastries and sinful cinnamon rolls — every day should start with your delightful chocolate and your smiling, welcoming faces.

Thank you, Wilma, Kayla and IronSkillet staff. You brighten the lives of many in Phoenix. Warm wishes for a great New Year to all who support the Phoenix Food Pantry. We grow with your support.

Karen Jones, Phoenix

Biomass plant not welcome

The biomass burner proposed at Southern Oregon University is not a welcome neighbor here. Although SOU has been very forthcoming and welcoming of discussion about the issue, it seems that public opinion has not been really respected.

I am grateful for the guest opinion by Dr. Palzer and Dr. Fouch (Daily Tidings Jan. 14, Mail Tribune Jan. 16), as it gives scientific fact backing common sense. Burning biomass would pollute in myriad ways while burning natural gas would put out less contamination. Running 5 truckloads of biomass into the center of Ashland would hurt us in so many ways including noise, traffic, exhaust, etc.

Yes, as noted, natural gas would possibly be more costly in terms of dollars, but costs are always shifting, including costs for biomass. Again, I appreciate SOU being willing to listen to us, having offered discussions, forums, email contacts and surveys. Still, I hope that Dr. Palzer and Dr. Fouch, along with those of us who live near SOU, will be better heard.

Zuna Johnson, Ashland

Benefits are minimal

Regarding the proposed Jordan Cove pipeline / terminal:

First, nearly all of the profits and benefits accrue to an out-of-country private company. The benefits to Southern Oregon are, on a relative scale, quite minimal.

Second, all of the risks of this project are absorbed by Southern Oregon. These risks include an LNG shipping vessel accident at the Coos Bay port equivalent to the explosive power of 40 nuclear bombs.

Third, the concept of eminent domain to take private land for this project is outrageous. Eminent domain implies public utility. The Jordan Cove Project is private enrichment.

This entire proposal reeks of 17th century colonialism. Consider this quote: “Colonialism is a relationship between an indigenous majority and a minority of foreign invaders. The fundamental decisions affecting the lives of the colonized people are made and implemented by the colonial rulers in pursuit of interests that are often defined in a distant metropolis. Rejecting cultural compromises with the colonized population, the colonizers are convinced of their own superiority and their ordained mandate to rule.” (Osterhammel, 2005)

We, all citizens of Southern Oregon, need to educate and mobilize ourselves.

Craig Mather, Ashland

Billing scam continues

Many of us have received what appears to be a bill to renew a magazine subscription which later we discover was only a slick "offer." I have been duped once by receiving such a mailing notice from Publishers Billing Association out of White City, entitled "Notice of Renewal" for a magazine I subscribed to, paid the bill and then got two subscriptions in the mail.

After calling the Better Business Bureau, I received a refund two months later for paying what I thought was a legitimate bill from the publisher of my magazine. Shame on them.

Recently I received another mailing from the White City scammers. This"Notice of Renewal" said in small print, "Renewal offer Not a Bill." I learned my lesson and did not accept the offer (or it would be shame on me), but instead of trashing it, decided to write this warning: Beware of mail that looks like a bill from the White City scammer, Publishers Billing Assoiation or one of their many alias business names. Be aware of the scheme.

Don Bolles, Medford

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 23