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Letters to the Editor, April 18

Services, not stigmatization

ODOT is bearing the burden of an unfortunate tragedy.

The camps that pop up periodically under the exit 27 bridge feature people who are there for a variety of reasons. An article published on March 30 details the results of the issue, but in no way discusses the root of the problem.

A letter to the editor opposite to the end of the article (titled “Renters need help”) illuminates part of the issue. Many are aware of the dire housing situation in the region. People are at the mercy of rental companies and landlords with dollar signs in their eyes, and sometimes the best option people feel they have is to take to the streets.

Many often don’t have a choice, when other costs build up and no help is to be found. Health care is covering less of peoples’ needs at higher costs, social service organizations are stretched thin, and people living below or near the poverty line are suffering most because of failing socio-economic support systems.

ODOT has to throw away the trash that accumulates under the bridge, but we can’t just throw these people away. We need legislation that supports impoverished people in the whole Rogue Valley now.

Megan Mercier


Supporting Golden

Jeff Golden will make a significant contribution to Southern Oregon if we send him to Salem.

A longtime resident of Southern Oregon, Jeff has served as a county commissioner, been the founding host of the community-based show Immense Possibilities, where he has welcomed diverse people who run organizations and community-based programs, a radio host, and volunteered in a variety of volunteer groups and organizations.

Jeff has a keen interest in issues facing the community and the state. He is an honest man who will bring integrity and thoughtfulness to the job of governing. He listens and sees the “big picture.” He will not bring a personal agenda to the job but rather seek the best solutions to issues and problems that will benefit the citizens of our communities.

As a resident of Southern Oregon 34 years who is involved in our community, I look forward to having Jeff in Salem.

Peggy Moore


Paralympics ignored

Thank you, J. Scott, for your letter in the April 7 MT. It was with dismay that I, too, noticed the zero coverage of the Paralympics, and called the sports section the first week in regard to this unfortunate omission.

Incredible they saw fit to have only an article on the difficulty of getting around the venues! It was awe-inspiring to watch these amazing athletes, and sad that they were overlooked by our local newspaper.

Kathryn Adams


Letters to the Editor, April 18