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Letters to the editor: Dec. 20, 2017

Review was lacking

I find the review on Ava Code in "Mary Poppins" to be lacking. She was word perfect, dance steps well-performed, and she worked tirelessly to help her stage brother remember his lines. Children need to be encouraged — and never described as "gawky" — even if you put "beautifully" ahead of it.

I am disappointed that this 12-year-old did not get the review she deserved.

Peg Bennett

Talent

Boosting homelessness

Homelessness is a problem across America. Recently, it was reported that 168,000 people were homeless on the West Coast. Nationally, homelessness according to the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, the 2016 census ranges from 58 homeless per 100,000 in Mississippi to 437 per 100,000 in New York, with an average being about 125 per 100,000.

Looking at a map provided by the Center for Immigration Studies of sanctuary localities in America and comparing it with the homeless census, it becomes clear that sanctuary policies increase homelessness. Illegal aliens are drawn to sanctuary localities and compete with the educationally and economically disadvantaged U.S. citizens for the finite number of housing and jobs available.

Oregon, a sanctuary state, has the second highest rate of homelessness with 323 per 100,000, followed by California, a sanctuary state, in third with 301 per 100,000, and Washington, with Seattle and surrounding counties being sanctuary localities, in fifth with 286 per 100,000.

States and large metropolitan areas that adopt sanctuary status have more than double the average homeless populations compared to states that enforce federal immigration laws. It's time we demand the rescinding of Oregon's sanctuary status and put our most vulnerable citizens' needs as a priority.

Gordon Challstrom

Medford

Thanks to North for concert

Thank you, North Medford High, for the beautiful December concert you put on this month. The combined talents of the band, orchestra and choir were such a joy for our community to hear. The music was uplifting and inspiring, putting everyone into the spirit of the season! We are fortunate to have such gifted music teachers and talented students in our schools!

Jim and Julie Scull

Medford

Sick and tired

I'd like to define corruption since it seems to be one of those words that's lost its meaning lately.

We have a CORE of politicians who are UP to something called prostitution to the very rich, big business and partisanship. They've forgotten about us. They are not representing the voters who employed them and if we have employees like them, we fire them. We need to SHUN these people, get them out of office.

Send a message by email, snail mail, telegram, demonstration and especially by ballot to let them know they are obligated to do what we elected them to do. Their jobs are to listen to us, their constituents, then take that message to Washington and do something for us, the ones who pay their salaries. Let these politician know we are fed up with them and their corruption.

Dianne Carter

Medford

Just one question

In response to the Dec. 10 guest opinion from three Southern Oregon commissioners supporting the Jordan Cove pipeline, I have just one question: Does the pipeline affect any of their private properties?

Nancy Adams Payton

Trail

Letters to the editor: Dec. 20, 2017