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Letters to the Editor, May 6

Who will pay?

Property and home owners!

With the influx of people moving into the state and Jackson County, with it comes a burden on all our public services, schools, fire, public safety, that yearly already overspends their alloted budgets. And it goes on and on, we want more funds!

Seventy-eight percent own homes, 22 percent rent. Is it fair to gave people that don’t have property or a home to vote to levy more tax on me? Where does it stop? A sales tax would make all of us carry the burden. Let’s put some of the pot money to good use.

Gordon Elliot

White City

Promoting hostility

It is interesting that the Mail Tribune devoted most of the April 24 front page to promoting a conference on addressing divisive issues without hostility, when its editorial page columnists such as Leonard Pitts Jr. and Froma Harrop regularly do their best to promote hostility on divisive issues.

Paul Johnson


Stop it already

As the Trump apologists scramble to defend the indefensible, their main default tactic is to point out the faults and indiscretions of others. They plead their case with, “Well, what about Bill Clinton? What about Obama? What about Hillary?”

Well, stop it already! Nobody cares! Clinton and Obama aren’t president any more and Hillary wasn’t elected. The clown who is currently in the White House is the one we should all be concerned about. If those others should have been punished, then so should Trump.

David Ropel

Central Point

Stupid in public

Observed April 24 in the afternoon: White female, brown hair, sunglasses, driving brown Subaru north on Highland, talking on cellphone held to left ear with right hand. At stop light (still talking), used left hand to drink from Starbucks cup ...

I did not make this up. So much wrong here not to mention the person in the back (a child?) whose life was in jeopardy from this gross negligence. Hope she made it wherever she was headed with those balloons without killing someone in the process.

Chris Turner


Millennials and history

There may be a simple reason why millennials have not learned about Auschwitz and other significant historical topics (“Study: Two-thirds of millennials don’t know what Auschwitz is,” by Julie Zauzmer, April 15 issue).

I studied world history and American history in a Los Angeles high school in the 1950s. Each course was one year long — two semesters — and we barely reached World War II. Today’s high school students have an additional seven decades of important historical events to learn about. Yet the courses are still one year long.

It is impossible to cover all that material in a meaningful way in a single year, whether it is world history or American history. Preparing for a teaching career at UCLA in the early 1960s, I majored in history and minored in math. Subjects like algebra, geometry and other math topics are similar today to what I taught 50 years ago. But history grows in content and complexity constantly.

There is no way for the most dedicated teachers to cover it all in today’s one-year courses. It’s time to reconfigure history classes so that all significant content can be properly taught. The horror of the Holocaust is a prime example.

Betty R. Kazmin


Weed of Southern Oregon

Apparently while I was away Medford changed its name to Weed of Southern Oregon. Or maybe Weed of California moved north.

When you enter our formerly beautiful, nature-filled city via the airport you are inundated with signs and ads proclaiming the abundance of “weed’”marijuana in the Rogue Valley. No longer are there beautiful pictures of the forests and rivers proclaiming the fabulous fishing, skiing, hiking and camping to be found in the area. Now we’re to be known as the drug capital of Southern Oregon.

The ads / billboards proclaim a drug paraphernalia shop on every streetcorner and in between. Even the newspaper, such as it is, has gotten on the bandwagon with a glossy, expensive magazine for the Sunday paper.

This is a very sad situation. But apparently it’s what the powers that be want and are pushing. The odoriferous emanations wafting over the valley proclaim our status to the incoming visitors and new residents. Can you smell the flowers and pine trees? No?

Pat Butler


Letters to the Editor, May 6