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Letters to the Editor, Nov. 12

One-hour lunch?

Recently I had lunch in downtown Medford ...

I was looking forward to lunch with a friend at a corner brewpub by the library.

All the parking is one hour.

I found a parking spot, parked my car and walked to the brewpub. By the time I was seated and asked for a beer 10 minutes had elapsed.

Three minutes later I receive my beer and ordered food. Thirteen minutes into my hour: 47 left!

My food was excellent an arrived approximately 15 minutes later. 28 minutes gone and I hadn't even taken a bite of food!

Some great food and tasty beer consumed with good conversation. Three quarters done with my meal. Yikes — I look up to see I have 15 minutes left on the clock.

I hurriedly finish my meal and chug my beer: eight minutes left. I pay and tip my server and run to my car.

Total time: 68 minutes.

My ticket was under my windshield wiper!

Thank you, Medford.

V. Handel


Cheers to editorial

Cheers to the Tribune editorial department for the excellent "Our View" editorial Nov. 11 regarding the removal of gray wolves from Oregon's Endangered Species list. As a member of Defenders of Wildlife, I join you in decrying the premature decision by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to delist wolves in Eastern Oregon under Phase II of it's Management Plan.

While it's true that four breeding pairs satisfies the criteria of the plan, the removal of even one adult of a pair threatens to upset the status quo. Reducing the listing from endangered to threatened would seem the more farsighted alternative, particularly in light of wolves remaining on the federal Endangered Species List in Western Oregon.

Join me in expressing your opinion to Commissioner Bob Webber at the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission. Email to odfw.commission@state.or.us.

Mike Mace


Brown must lead

Anyone concerned with climate change and global warming had to be encouraged by President Obama’s nixing of the Keystone XL pipeline. He showed himself to be a climate change leader not only in words, but in actions as well.

Contrast that with Gov. Kate Brown, who has frequently claimed to be a climate change leader in many speeches around the state. Sadly, her words are empty, because she has failed to do what any real climate change leader would do, which is to oppose the Jordan Cove Pacific Connector LNG pipeline project.

Climate change leadership means leading Oregon toward a future based on a renewable energy economy, not taking a step backward with new, already obsolete, fossil fuel export infrastructure.

Climate change leadership means using the legal avenues she has to stand up for Oregon by challenging a project that clearly conflicts with state and federal environmental standards and tramples the rights of rural Oregonians.

Climate change leadership means putting the lives of future generations first, by protecting Oregon rather than bending to the pressure of fossil fuels producers to exploit our beautiful state for their own profit.

Oregonians need a governor who can and will lead on climate change.

Mark Newberger


Letters to the Editor, Nov. 12