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Letters to the Editor, March 10

A far greater problem

I certainly understand the need to keep our children safe at school, but it speaks to a far greater in this country when, in order to accomplish that end, we must have metal detectors, armed security, steel doors and bulletproof glass. Not to mention a teacher with a concealed weapon. This grandmother's heart is breaking.

Mary Lewis


Show gun integrity

I am speaking out in support of businesses that have stood up and stated they will act and do business with integrity, they will no longer support policy that is destructive regardless of the actions of politicians, the NRA, and others who act with continued disregard for safety of children and people everywhere.

I encourage members of the NRA to stand up and state your beliefs within this club, to live with integrity, to support gun rights that do not include weapons of war, bump stocks and automatic or assault weapons. I believe actions by members will have a life-saving affect through out our country, and send a message to all, including a Salem, Oregon, youth softball program with plans to raffle off an AR-15 assault weapon as part of their fundraising efforts for girls softball ages 10 and under through 16 and under. Please, as a start, let’s all take responsibility to show gun integrity today.

Maggie Felling


Thanks for the support

Thank you to our patients, staff, board, partners, community and Congressman Greg Walden for voicing support for Rogue Community Health and community health centers nationally. Your support was instrumental in the two-year extension of health center funding by Congress on Friday, Feb. 9.

The extension means that $3.6 billion will reach over 1,400 health centers in 9,800 locations. Federal funding helps fill the gap between actual cost of care and what patients pay on a sliding fee scale. This funding, along with donations, helps to support patients who face barriers to accessing care.

Over 80 percent of RCH patients live below 200 percent of poverty level ($41,560 for a three-person family). RCH provided in 2017 primary/preventative medical, dental, behavioral and integrative health; on-site and clinical pharmacy; and prenatal care to over 10,000 people of all ages and backgrounds, regardless of ability to pay, in 32,000 visits. For more info, please visit www.roguecommunityhealth.org.

William North, CEO

Rogue Community Health

Good luck to Ankerberg

I’m fairly certain that Curt Ankerberg has alienated the majority of female voters in Senate District 3 with his incredibly inappropriate and tone-deaf comment about Jessica Gomez. It’s hard to believe that in our current political climate he actually said, “She’s pretty. She’s a nice presentation, but there’s nothing there.” Seriously? Is Ankerberg really that obtuse? Good luck with the election, Mr. Ankerberg — you’ll need it.

Lauren Van Sickle


Parkland, Florida

Cheers to the students in Parkland, Florida, who won't give up!

Cheers to Dick's Sporting Goods stores for their support!

Marjorie O'Harra



President Trump has said that "I would run in there even if I didn't have a weapon," in reference to the horrible Florida high school massacre, so says the draft dodger who is now the commander in chief of our military.

That comment by Trump would be laughable, if it wasn't so horrific for all of us. Only he would want to make it about himself to sound brave instead of showing some empathy. What would combat veterans think of his words?


It seems that every day, President Trump reinforces the fact that he has such a huge inferiority complex. Everything has to be about him, be the biggest and the best.

J. Phillips


Offer treatment instead

I can’t believe that while the Mail Tribune and KTLV are running a series on women in the Jackson County Jail and current overcrowding, that the county is proposing spending $100 million on a new jail. Did I miss something, or is there a strong relationship between the size of the jail population and arrests for illegal drug use and drug related offenses?

Perhaps the taxpayers of Jackson County would be better off spending $100 million on a drug treatment facility operated at the rate of $14 million per year. That very well could reduce the jail population down to a manageable number. It would be a far better use of taxpayer funds to provide treatment rather than a big new revolving-door warehouse that fails to stop the behavior that causes jail overcrowding. Providing free drug treatment for county residents may pay dividends to taxpayers in lower initial incarceration and recidivism among the population of the jail.

How about the county commissioners authorize a study of that option? Although, they would have to forego the revenue from renting the excess 250 beds that the new prison would bring.

James E. Schellentrager


Letters to the Editor, March 10