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Letters to the Editor, Feb. 9

County doesn't care

On Tuesday, Feb. 4, the federal court in Medford heard the argument as to whether Jackson County or Our Family Farms Coalition should defend the passed Measure 15-119 ban on GMO cultivation, except that the court did not hear from Jackson County.

Instead, the court heard from the Monsanto / GMO alfalfa-planting complainants on behalf of the rights of Jackson County to defend this case. Apparently Jackson County cares so little about the success of Measure 15-119 that they wouldn't even stand up and object to OFFC's intervention.

If Jackson County doesn't care to even say a word to the judge perhaps those Jackson County attorneys should just go home and go back to bed and sleep it off.

Archie Koenig, Talent

Give us a fair shot

“A fair shot for all” is spot on. Forcing full-time workers to rely on food stamps and the Oregon Health Plan for survival allows multi-billion dollar corporations to reap profits from paying low wages and then receiving their own employees’ government benefits (looking at you, Walmart).

Taxpayers shouldn't have to foot the bill. Raise the minimum wage. Institute paid sick leave. Give workers the ability to stand on their own. That’s all what we want: a fair shot.

Kristen Brooks, Medford

Thanks to honest person

On the morning of Feb. 2, I went shopping at the Walmart on Crater Lake Highway.

After getting my shopping done and returning home to Central Point, I discovered my purse was missing. So back to the store I went. I told them I lost my purse there, and wanted to know if anyone had turned it in.

 Guess what? Some honest, good person had turned it in. I'm so grateful, and want to thank that person.

Whoever you are, I hope you take the Mail Tribune and read this. Thank you so very much.

Janet Brown, Central Point

More should care

The proposed 232 mile Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline in Southern Oregon is alarming and concerning to many who live in this beautiful region. Many more should be concerned.

The potential for pipeline rupture is far too real. In the last month alone there have been gas pipeline explosions in West Virginia and Mississippi, a 40,000-gallon crude oil spill into the Yellowstone River in Montana and a 3 million-gallon saltwater drilling waste spill in North Dakota.

The 50-75 feet of permanent clearcut required around the pipeline would increase erosion, potentially tainting human and wildlife drinking water and impacting animal and fish habitat. Four hundred precious bodies of water are involved and could detrimentally be impacted. Huge swaths of private and public land would be incorporated.

This is a Canadian energy company and its Tulsa-based partner that will be exporting most of the gas to Asian countries. Can this really be done with minimal environmental and property damage? It seems that profit and politics continue to be paramount versus the protection and preservation of our land. Is it worth it or do we care enough to produce change? This is our one and only world. We should all care.

Linda McGrath, Talent

Surveillance has gaps

Regarding big disappearing planes full of passengers, I guess we are expected to accept that the entire globe is actually not under satellite surveillance?

Patti Morey, Ashland

Letters to the Editor, Feb. 9