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Letters to the Editor, March 14

Medford’s future

I’m disappointed that last Sunday’s front-page article gave the impression that we are against including Centennial Golf Course and the Hillcrest Orchard into the Urban Growth Boundary Expansion. To the contrary, we are not clashing with any property owners as the article suggests. It is simply time to make our case to the Planning Commission and City Council as to the benefits our property will contribute to the city of Medford. My partners and I have been planning this 266 acres as an extension of the Southeast Village Center for over 20 years.

Our property would provide access to the much-anticipated trail system for walking and bicycling to Chrissy Park and Prescott Park, totaling 1865 acres, both owned by the city of Medford. This trail system has been in the Medford Parks Department Leisure Services Plan since 2004.

Our property would also provide sanitary sewer to many properties that are now in the city and cannot develop their properties because they have no sewer services.

In addition, our property would improve a substandard Cherry Lane to city standards and reroute traffic, resulting in less traffic and a much safer road.

Mike Mahar, Medford

The threatened dollar

Is the dollar close to a collapse, and what are the concerns?

1. When President Obama took office in 2009, the national debt was $10 trillion; now it's over $18 trillion.

2. Prior to 1971 our money was backed by gold and silver; now it's backed by nothing.

3. The dollar is the world reserve currency and there are millions of dollars out there.

4. Many are concerned about the overvalued stock market (bonds, hedge funds, derivatives, etc.)

5. The largest one-day stock market fall in history was over 700 points in 2001.

6. An even larger one-day fall, seven years later in 2008, was 777 points. Seven is God's number in the Bible — a coincidence?

I've read that world leaders can't institute the new world order until the dollar is destroyed. Interesting days ahead.

Gordon DeVos, Medford

Thanks for assistance

About 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, I locked my keys inside my Dodge Durango at Costco. I tried to get in using a coat hanger, and while on hold with my insurance company, no one offered to help me.

Then a young man in his 30s pulled up in a brown four-door sedan with a huge dog in the back seat. He watched me for a few moments, then came over and asked me if I needed help. He was wearing a blue hoodie, and this tall cigarette smoker, this Good Samaritan, really made my day as he opened my door.

There is so much negative in the news today, but I wanted to share that good people still exist. Meanwhile, my insurance company never answered.

Carlton Goode, Medford

'Likely' is scientific

In reply to Mr. Worden's comments on the climate "con game," since most environmental protection laws are fought over for economic reasons, the carbon tax (I'm assuming that is what he is referring to) is an attempt to economically force corporations into reducing their CO2 emissions. I'm not sure how an economic approach is necessarily a con game.

As to the last part of his letter, there is a sizeable misunderstanding by the public that scientific ideas have to be proven 100 percent before they are considered viable. Actually, science uses high probabilities to judge the value of their explanations. Ninety-seven percent would be an extremely high probability, which scientists would consider more than sufficient to make a strong correlation.

"Likely" is a scientific term, and the misconception that there must somehow be 100 percent agreement before an idea is scientifically valid is precisely the type of misunderstanding that is exploited by climate deniers to raise strong doubts in the public. This is the same strategy that the tobacco industry successfully used to delay legislation designed to protect the public many decades ago.

Kevin Culhane, Ashland

On the wrong side

Congressman Walden is on the wrong side of the net neutrality issue. He took $56,800 in campaign contributions from the four largest Internet service providers in America during the 2014 election cycle.

Shame on him for proposing a bill with Rep. Upton to not allow the FCC to regulate internet providers to avoid separate "fast and slow" lanes of access for all Americans on the Internet. I'm confident that the majority of Internet users and voters here in the 2nd District of Oregon are in favor of equal access for all Internet users, not just fast speeds for those who can, or might be forced, to pay for service versus slower speeds for everyone else.

It's not fair, and he knows it. Reps. Walden and Upton should give this up. About 80 percent of Americans nationwide support equal Internet access, so they should reposition their efforts for legislation and duties in Congress to issues that need their attention. There are more important issues in Congress to work on than this misguided attempt to undermine the FCC's work.

Walden should get to work, and give up on his contribution-based activity to reward his campaign contributors.

Brian Tingle, Ashland

Letters to the Editor, March 14