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Letters to the Editor, Sept. 30

DeBoer's big spending

I saw the article about how Alan DeBoer is outspending Tonia Moro by 3 to 1 in their race to replace Sen. Alan Bates in the State Senate.

DeBoer was quoted as saying, "We're going to get a lot of money from upstate."

That makes total sense because DeBoer is the candidate of big corporate money.

When corporate special interests like Walmart, Monsanto or Bank of America want subsidies and special tax breaks, he would be their voice.

Tonia Moro is a working woman who will be our voice — the voice of teachers, nurses, firefighters, farmers and everyone else who works for a living.

She's been a community leader for schools, more affordable housing, clean energy jobs and access to transportation. She's been a lawyer for small businesses and for people without great wealth.

That's the kind of state senator we need.

Lynn Kunstman

Medford

A bargain

There is a bargain on the ballot this year. Measure 15-164, supporting the creation of the Rogue Valley Heritage District, gives voters the opportunity to benefit both the economy and quality of life in our region.

This low-cost investment, less than $8 per year for the average property, provides stable funding and assures that the valuable collections of virtually every historical society in the county will be protected and remain available to the public, supporting education in our schools, tourism, the arts and more.

Our heritage is important in Southern Oregon, and this is a reasonable and entirely affordable request. For less than the cost of two cups of coffee or a theater ticket, we can assure that our history is safe for the future. Please join me in voting yes on Measure 15-164 and help to support our shared heritage.

George Kramer

Ashland

The opioid epidemic

You are to be commended for your articles on the opioid epidemic. The 165,000 Americans who have died from opioid overdoses (78 daily lately) represent more deaths than all the deaths we suffered in the Korean, Vietnamese, Afghan and Iraq wars combined, yet most Americans are unaware of what is happening. Blame must be ascribed, at least in part, to the medical/pharmaceutical/FDA-DEA complex.

Big Pharma pockets big profits from opioid drugs that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, while employing hundreds of lobbyists and millions of dollars to weaken regulations on the sale of these dangerous drugs. At the same time the Drug Enforcement Agency has refused to recognized the (proven) effectiveness of marijuana in treating pain and other medical conditions, thereby denying Americans completely safe (there has never been an overdose death from marijuana) relief from pain.

It's not possible to enumerate how many lives would have been saved if pain-relieving marijuana was legalized, but it surely is in the tens of thousands. Thus, our government has been (and continues to be) complicit in more deaths of its own citizens than are Saddam Hussein and Bashar al-Assad in the gassing of their own citizens.

Louis Philippe Goldman

Ashland

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 30