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Letters to the Editor, Sept. 24

It's about time

As a member of Rogue Valley Council of Governments' "Disability Services Advisory Council," I'm delighted to see the front page article (Sept. 18) describing the employment opportunities available today.

It is about time the day arrives to see the developmentally disabled working alongside others in local community businesses. Congratulations, Valley Immediate Care and other firms in our area who are opening their offices and their hearts to our newest group of employees eager to show they are capable of performing in the workplace alongside present employees. The future looks bright for all of us who care about our fellow man.

Barbara Burcham

Central Point

It's about time

As a member of Rogue Valley Council of Governments' "Disability Services Advisory Council," I'm delighted to see the front page article (Sept. 18) describing the employment opportunities available today.

It is about time the day arrives to see the developmentally disabled working alongside others in local community businesses. Congratulations, Valley Immediate Care and other firms in our area who are opening their offices and their hearts to our newest group of employees eager to show they are capable of performing in the workplace alongside present employees. The future looks bright for all of us who care about our fellow man.

Barbara Burcham

Central Point

Help vets first

OK, let me get this straight. We don't have housing for homeless vets, we don't have jobs for them, we can't give them the care they need after we sent them overseas to get blown apart yet we have all this available to the Syrian refugees.

While I sympathize with the problem in the Mideast, I don't believe that our veterans should take a back seat to non-Americans. I would be all for helping out others if we didn't have this national disgrace hanging over our heads.

Washington is perfectly willing to let these $19-a-month organizations take care of our wounded warriors while in the next breath tell me that they want to end government handouts. Are they going to give all these refugees housing, allowances and their own businesses while telling me they need to cut my Social Security because it's a burden on their budget? I'm calling B.S. on this proposal.

Wendy Grammatica

Central Point

Asphalt plant not shown

Excellent Sunday Focus article on Sept. 20 about the Conservation Fund. I enjoyed the photo of the small fish pond at Lynn Newbry Park.

If the photo had been taken with a wider angle lens, everyone would be able to see the illegal asphalt producing plant that sits next to the pond. It also sits next to the Bear Creek Greenway path, Lynn Newbry Park and Bear Creek. The only access to the plant for its heavy equipment trucks runs directly through the park.

A word of warning to anyone who would like to visit this area to enjoy the outdoors — bring your air respirators because the illegal asphalt plant is polluting the air and waters in all the surrounding areas. 

So much for Oregon being an environmental leader! I hope the fish live!

Charles Noble

Talent

Facts, not fraud

I suspected all along that the videos at the heart of the smear campaign against Planned Parenthood were heavily edited to deceive the public. Now expert analysis confirms it. Three teams of experts in video forensics have determined the videos have no credibility and cannot be relied upon for any official inquiries.

It’s time for facts, not fraud. That’s why I applaud Planned Parenthood for their commitment to getting out all the facts, unlike those behind these politically motivated attacks. The more the public learns about Planned Parenthood’s outstanding health services, the better.

This may be a game for those who’ve produced these fraudulent videos, but for 80,000 women and men across Oregon, it’s their health care. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider of high-quality reproductive health care and sex education.

Some irresponsible Republican politicians in Salem are using this flimsy hoax in a cruel effort to push their agenda to restrict access to safe, legal abortion — an agenda that Oregonians have rejected over and over. It is time for our elected leaders to focus on the issues that matter to our communities, and stop trying to take away health care from those who need it most.

Heather Rebecca Pearson

Ashland

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 24