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Letters to the Editor, Oct. 26

School bond history

Phoenix-Talent School District is asking the voters to approve a school bond levy to build a new high school, among other things.

In the late 1980s, the Phoenix-Talent School District asked the voters to approve a bond levy to build a new high school and it passed. Instead of building a new high school, they changed their minds and decided to remodel the old high school. They claimed they had a land-use problem; if they did they could have built it where they want to build this one, on school property. This decision upset many people in the school district; they remodeled the old high school.

Now they say a remodel would not represent a sound investment when compared to a replacement.

If voters approve this bond levy, what will they do with the money this time?

Carl Bartlett, Phoenix-Talent voter


Inequality for all

A short time ago ORD2 Indivisible screened “Inequality for All”, the Robert Reich biopic. Robert Reich is a former U.S. labor secretary with a detailed knowledge of our national economic policies’ failure to correct the ever growing economic gap. The last time this gap was this large was just before 1929.

I am profoundly ignorant of the internal machinations of economic policy. As a physicist, I approach the world from a different perspective. In the mid-1980s I gave a public lecture entitled “The Inevitable Demise of Capitalism” in which I described some systemic flaws in our economy and how those flaws were going to create some rather unfortunate events. Many individuals in attendance were upset by my analysis at the time. They were even more upset over the next few years as those events transpired.

I found “Inequality for All” difficult to watch, much like reading the spoilers before watching a very well-written murder mystery. I know the plot, the climactic scene and the denouement. More importantly, I know something not in the film: Starting in the 1970s, Wall ́Street started transforming as new economic “products” were being created by people with my skill set.

Robert I. "Rip" Price


Thanks for support

Thank you to the following downtown restaurants who provided delicious hors d’oeuvres for the Medford/Alba Sister City’s fifth annual “Taste of Alba” wine walk: Beer Works, Capers, Common Block Brewing Company, Grape St. Bar & Grill, Jefferson Spirits, Larks, Misoya Bistro, Porters and SooRah.

And, thank you to the patrons who supported our wine walk. We plan on using the revenue generated from this event to cover entertainment costs for the 27 Italian students who just spent 10 days in Medford with host families.

Mary Jo Follett

Medford/Alba board member

Letters to the Editor, Oct. 26