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Letters to the Editor, Feb. 2

RVTD is vital

The recent proposed tax increase for Rogue Valley Transportation District service failed, and many residents, unable to own a vehicle, rely on its services. Without evening and Saturday services, people who face many challenges in the Rogue Valley will have another obstacle to overcome.

RVTD is vital. It provides residents with an alternative, low-cost, shared method of transportation that decreases traffic congestion and allows its riders to relax in their travels. RVTD brings together bus drivers and riders, friends and strangers, and young and old. This rarely happens on our roads filled with vehicles transporting single individuals. When I relax on the bus and read a book, listen to music, or chat with another rider, I am satisfied to know that it's an experience I can only have on the bus.

Please consider supporting RVTD with your ridership. If we ride the bus, we are letting those in our valley, and beyond, know that we appreciate RVTD and want it to continue providing a great service.

Griff Colegrove, Central Point

Respect science

You don't have to be a scientist to understand science or to respect the well-researched conclusions of 97 percent of the climate science community. It looks foolish to claim one is not a scientist, as so many of our elected representatives seem to be doing, and then offer opinions contrary to what almost every scientist is saying.

Rather than maximizing corporate short-term profits, shouldn't our representatives be acknowledging what the science tells us and doing what they can to protect this planet for our descendants? After all, it’s the only planet we’ll ever have.

It would help our descendants if we placed a fee on the fossil fuel pollution that is causing the climate chaos we already are experiencing and from which they will suffer more. It would also help our descendants if representatives at the state and federal levels were to oppose developments that would increase our emissions of greenhouse gases. This means rejecting proposals such as Keystone XL and the Jordan Cove LNG Export Terminal and Pacific Connector Natural Gas Pipeline. Are the few jobs they might generate really worth compromising the livability of our planet?

Ken Deveney, Ashland

AFN questions

Your article "AFN manager asks for privacy in business affairs" raises several questions.

Should decisions already implemented by city administrator Dave Kanner need a council rubber stamp just as a formality? If AFN is not a public utility, why is the city involved in "competitive enterprise"?

The practical application of common sense by the City Council brought the Ashland Community Hospital debacle to an excellent final solution.

Al Willstatter, Ashland

Oppose censorship

The head of the Foreign Broadcasters Association recently came out and compared the Russia Today channel to ISIS and Boko Haram. So much for free speech in this country!

Russia Today has more than 630 million viewers worldwide. Maybe American propaganda channels like MSNBC, CNN and Fox News are a little bit jealous?

Maybe they could give Russia Today some more competition if they weren't so busy talking about under-inflated footballs. Supporters of the First Amendment should go to hashtag #newsisnotterror.

Censorship by Muslim radicals and our government should be opposed by everyone.

Joe Thomas, Brookings

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 2