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Letters to the Editor, March 14

Roberts dismisses report

At the March 1 Jackson County Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Colleen Roberts asserted that the promo for the upcoming KTVL "The Cost of a Contract" program was "fake news" and "destructive to the public." The program investigated the terms of the severance package in Jackson County Administrator Danny Jordan's employment contract.

Commissioner Roberts noted that "tons of people" questioned her and look to her for answers. She admitted, however, that she had not seen the promo when she labeled it "fake news" nor did she watch the program when it aired. Later she declined to watch either the promo or program when the reporter offered to show them to her and discuss the research process.

Repeating loaded words like "fake news" over and over is a classic propaganda tool. Roberts has apparently climbed on the media-bashing bandwagon led by the Trump administration in its effort to discredit the press. We look to our elected officials for leadership informed by facts and careful analysis, not hearsay and partisan opinion. I applaud Channel 10 News and other media that put in the hard work to explore complex issues, because an independent, strong press is essential to our democracy.

Dale Gates


Unlike any president before

Your article on the Medford Tuesday Indivisible marches quoted Leesa Henselman as wishing the country could support the president and heal the divide.

I am finding it impossible to support a man who chooses to educate himself by watching TV and reading internet stories from Breitbart, who refuses to go to daily security meetings and who refuses to release his taxes, which could clear up (or confirm) his relationship with Russia. I disagree with his choice of Pruitt and his desire to dismantle the federal agency that keeps our air and water clean (I remember the Rogue Valley in the '80s before the EPA put regulations on wood stoves and auto emissions)

As a family planning nurse (and a mother) I know how using birth control can prevent unwanted pregnancies. Defunding the largest supplier of this service can have unwanted consequences for those opposed to abortion.

This is not like any president we have ever had. I will resist him until he is gone.

Judy Kerr


Support higher ed funding

According to the article “SOU tuition could rise 12 percent,” SOU will have to increase its tuition in order to prevent another $7 million to $8 million in cuts. This means Oregon students will be paying an extra $1,300 a year to keep receiving the same education that they were already getting.

Students will drown in debt if decision makers don’t support the Oregon Student Association's budget asks: $765 million for universities, $636 million for community colleges and $155 million for the Oregon Opportunity Grant.

At SOU, majors have been cut and department budgets have gotten slashed. Having this budgeting shortfall could put the university into another devastating retrenchment. I’m concluding my third year, and will owe over $80,000 when I graduate in 2018. Being so deep in debt makes me reconsider my dream of obtaining a master's. Students like me want to achieve great things, but it’s becoming less attainable.

It is the responsibility of our local decision makers Sen. Alan DeBoer, Rep. Sal Esquivel and Rep. Pam Marsh to support the Oregon Student Association's budget asks so the students of the Rogue Valley have hope at obtaining an affordable education.

Matthew Soloway, student, ASSOU vice speaker of the Senate and senator of business, communications and rnvironmental Sciences


Letters to the Editor, March 14