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Letters to the Editor, Nov. 19

Explanation, please

I would like Oregon State Rep. Peter Buckley, Dr. Alan Bates, Laird Funk or Alex Rogers to explain to me why smoking pot is healthy.

I was under the impression that anything that is smoked has cancer-causing agents in it. Please educate me. I must be missing something.

Chuck Brook


Jeopardized by debt

When President Obama took office our national debt was $10 trillion and by the time he leaves it will be about $20 trillion. We should never have allowed this to happen because it puts all of us in jeopardy.

I've recently read that the government has their eye on our IRA and 401(k)'s especially if there is a dollar problem in the future. There is a massive amount of money invested in these money vehicles and the government would love to get their hands on them just like they did with Social Security. They took the money and put an IOU in its place and it is still being done. Our next president will have to tackle this enormous problem with vengeance.

Our government spends a third more than they take in so it seems logical that they would cut the size of government by a third, but they don't use logic. That is why we're in such a financial mess. We need to pray for our nation!

Gordon DeVos


Not worth publishing

Congratulations to you and the writer ("The sky isn't falling” Nov. 16) for the most inane letter to the editor that I can recall ever reading. The absurdities, cheap shots and misinformation did not seem to me to merit publication in a daily newspaper.

“The planet earth is getting cooler”? Look at the data. I could go on, but I have already wasted too much time on the ridiculous tripe in that letter.

Lawrence Andreas


Guild says thanks

The Storytelling Guild's mission has always been to share the joy of reading with children of Jackson County, and in our 50th year we continue to work with enthusiasm and appreciate all who have helped us along the way.

We want to recognize and thank the many individuals and organizations from our community who responded to our distress call with offers for Children's Festival storage. In the end, The Thorndike family of Medford Fabrication generously provided a storage home for all of the Children's Festival materials and even our beloved dragons! The Thorndike family, along with all our community partners, are heroes to us and to the children we serve.

We send a heartfelt thank you to all who came to our aid this fall. We now look ahead to July 2016 with great excitement; please help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary of the Children's Festival!

Annie Michels, for the Storytelling Guild


Thanks from a veteran

Last Wednesday on Veterans Day, several restaurants in our area offered free meals in their appreciation of our service. As a proud vet my wife and I decided to go to Applebee's for lunch.

The place was packed with men and women, some in old uniforms, others in branch-related T-shirts and ball caps. It was like a family reunion of strangers with handshakes and service stories. The staff was great and the manager was constantly moving from table to booth to stool, making us all feel welcome.

I'm sure I speak for all vets in appreciation to Applebee's and all the restaurants who participated on this, our day.

Bruce Ascuena

Central Point

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 19