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Letters to the Editor, Sept. 7

Business pay the price

It’s not just environmentalists and landowners who oppose the Jordan Cove project. Local businesses are pushing back against the idea of piping fracked gas through Oregon for export overseas. Last month, hundreds of people flocked to Caldera Brewery for “Pints not Pipelines”, a fundraiser for the campaign to stop the 232-mile pipeline and terminal that would export gas from Canada and the U.S. overseas. Caldera generously hosted the fundraiser because business owners recognize the impact gas exports would have on their costs here at home.

Studies from the Department of Energy show that exporting gas would force prices to compete on the world market, driving gas prices up domestically by up to 52 percent. Even DOW Chemical opposes LNG exports because they would significantly drive up the cost of business in U.S. manufacturing industries where gas is used. Businesses like Dow anticipate needing to layoff millions of their U.S. workers to accommodate costs .

Oregon ratepayers and businesses can’t afford these increases. It’s fundamentally unfair to ask Oregon businesses and workers to pay the price of exporting gas so that a Canadian energy company can make billions in profit.

Sarah Westover



If I am not mistaken, Saturday, Aug. 29 was the first day of bow hunting season.

My opinion of the activity of killing animals for sport (hunting in general, and especially bow hunting) is atrocious and absolutely disgusting!

Fred Fleetwood


A great team

Recently I drove to Weed, Calif., to see how the town was recovering since last year's fire. As I drove around town, my thoughts went back to 1963, when I lived in Weed. I have always been a fan of watching football, so what I witnessed that fall with the Weed football team was amazing. Once in a lifetime, a group of kids come together to accomplish something that may never happen again at the small high school level.

This group of athletes won 27 straight games. That may not sound that impressive until what happened in their senior year is explained. The enrollment at Weed High School was fewer than 300. Weed played schools that had enrollments of four to seven times larger than Weed. Rumor had it that Weed tried to play the"University of Medford," but Medford declined the offer.

Weed ended the season ranked number one in all schools, big and small, in the state of California from Sacramento to the Oregon border. If the people of Weed need to have their spirits lifted, just remember the kids who did something very special on the football field back in 1963.  They put Weed on the map.

David Steele


Just curious

Our Ashland coffee houses seem to be significantly populated with lone computer/cellphone users.

As I periodically take a coffee break at various coffee places around town, I can't help noticing the many singular occupants preoccupied with the screen — usually not talking to anybody other than an occasional nod to the server. I ask myself, why can't they do the same thing at home? Presumably with less distraction, easier concentration and more convenience.

Do they want the possibility of human interaction, but when presented with the real thing, withdraw to the Internet world? Is the Internet world more intriguing and fascinating than the real world? And, again, why is it necessary to do this at a coffee shop?

Hopefully, somebody smarter than I am could enlighten me. I have no objection to the Internet crowd, just curious.

E.A. (Don) Seebart


Letters to the Editor, Sept. 7