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Letters to the Editor, April 23

15-141 is important

As a nurse here in the Rogue Valley, I’d like to point out the importance of Measure 15-141 for a healthy community.

Each year, RVTD bus service provides 90,000 trips for medical appointments. In addition, many health care personnel depend on RVTD to get to work. If this measure fails, service cuts will further impact access to health care here.

If the measure is successful, the frequency of buses to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center will increase from every hour to every half hour, and evening and Saturday services across the district will be restored. That will increase patients’ access to health care and help employees to get to work.

Passing Measure 15-141 would also fund a new route to RCC’s Table Rock campus, helping students receive the education they need to find health care jobs, such as the Nursing Assistant Training Program offered in White City.

Kevin Roberts, RN


More color for safety

I have noticed that bicycle riders around Medford will wear a bright colored jacket, but then cover up the jacket with a dark colored backpack.

It would be easier for drivers to see bicycle riders if they wore bright colored backpacks in combination with bright colored helmets. Even a bright colored patch on a dark colored backpack would be helpful for visibility and safety.

Jim Voeller


Transit helps everyone

Probably the single biggest obstacle to economic health in the Rogue Valley is the lack of adequate mass transit, both within the valley and linking it to urban areas north and south.

Many people looking for work or making minimum wage cannot afford to own a car. Others are too old, young or disabled to drive. Should they be deprived of the opportunity to get to work, interviews, schools, grocery stores, appointments?

As towns all over the country have shown, when adequate mass transit is available, many people choose it over cars to save money, time and the environment and to lower stress levels. Viable mass transit helps everyone by cutting down on pollution, congestion and money spent building and maintaining roadways.

Please vote yes on the RVTD tax levy. You may not need RVTD now, but you very well may in the future.

Julia Sommer


Concealed carry snafu

While the Jackson County Sheriff's Office appears to be functioning well since the change of administrations, I recently ran into a snafu there which affects all concealed handgun license holders.

In the past the time to process a renewal of license was approximately three to four weeks. Now, without any warning, they are saying it will be three months for processing, “due to a backlog.”

What that means is if you go in a month early as in the past, you will be without a license for approximately two months due to the delay in processing. No warning was give to CHL holders of this delay. Perhaps the sheriff should be notifying the license holders of his processing problems so they can apply for renewal early to maintain uninterrupted licensure, unless this is a defacto policy to prevent concealed carry by interrupting licensees' currency.

Raymond Smith

Central Point

Lozier work lags

Did the work on Lozier Lane fall through the cracks? I see where someone comes along and sprays a little paint or drives in a stake — wow — such progress — work was to begin in 2015 — well it is only April 2016! Money was there for the monstrosity in Phoenix no problem.

It is sad to see such a narrow, dangerous strip of pavement with no sidewalks and barely enough space between pavement and a steep-edged ditch to walk — Oak Grove sure is nice — who lives over there that it got fixed so good? Orchard home is pretty good. Sidewalk, wow!

Back to Lozier. Apparently all our officials use another road. I wonder how many near misses occur in one day? The fella in the wheelchair still struggles his way down Lozier to the store.

R. W. Golphenee


Letters to the Editor, April 23