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Letters to the Editor, July 31

Pass 1599 in the Senate

Thank you to Congressman Walden for voting yes to pass HR 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. As a result, consumers here in Oregon and across the country are one step closer to a voluntary, uniform, science-based standard for GMO food labeling.

Consumers, farmers, and food manufacturers will all benefit from the national standard and clear guidelines that HR 1599 will set into place regarding GMOs and food labeling. With HR 1599, families and grocery stores will be spared the onslaught of higher food prices that would accompany a disorganized and unreliable patchwork of mandatory GMO labeling laws.

Moreover, under HR 1599, a new GMO-free certification program will be created, giving consumers greater transparency when it comes to accessing the information they want and need. Opponents to the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act claim that by securing an avenue to voluntary non-GMO labeling, consumers will be robbed of important information about the food they eat. This assumption is misguided and the next step is for Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to exemplify the leadership of Congressman Walden and pass this legislation in the Senate.

Kara Glass

Medford

Lost generation?

In this competitive global economy, many well-paying jobs go to those applicants who have some type of college education, either an associate degree, a bachelor's or higher. So why are we not doing anything about that?

It's all well and good that we want to help the next generation with a better education system, but what about this generation? College costs are through the roof and lawmakers seem unwilling to do anything about it.

Whenever this issue is raised many just say "We'll deal with it later" or my personal favorite, "Back in my day, I worked my way through college. Why can't you?"

Well, I’m working this summer and will continue this school year, but that’s still barely enough for tuition, let alone three more years and maybe law school. My parents can't help me out because they don’t make all that much. Plus, my twin brother will also be attending college. So it's almost impossible for them to help us out.

So what are we? The lost generation when it comes to getting an affordable education in America? I’m not asking for free college, but can it not cost both arms, both legs, and then some?

Mickey Harvey

Medford

Accept responsibility

It first became public April 6, 2015. School District 9 violated the U.S. and Oregon constitutions' civil rights laws during the May 2012 employee strike.

Board Members Dole, Grissom and Olson followed Rickert's recommendation on May 2, 2012 to vote for resolutions leading to the civil rights lawsuit. They also voted to give Rickert all board member powers to make decisions individually without a without a board vote during the strike.

After the April 6 civil rights lawsuit ruling, the board (Dole, Grissom, Olson, Mahocko and Hodges) supported Rickert's recommendation for a May 14, 2015 court filing to claim this civil rights ruling was in error. All D9 claims were denied.

On July 17, the Tribune reported a second federal judge, McShane, agreed with the first federal judge, Clarke, that D9 used "fear-based policies" violating employee and student civil rights.

Again, Rickert promises to appeal (using taxpayer money) when she gets board approval.

Rickert continues to blame the OSBA. She says it was their recommendation. If they told her to rob a bank or jump off a cliff, would she do it? Rickert and her board should spend more time on student achievement and less time/taxpayer money illegally harassing employees.

Beckie Figueroa

Eagle Point

Letters to the Editor, July 31