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Who pays for it?

Medford Mayor Gary Wheeler writes in the Nov. 15 Tribune, urging the construction of a conference center.

It is, of course, desirable to have a bustling economy in Medford and a conference center may contribute to the economy.

Mayor Wheeler has an earnest desire to improve the conditions in Medford, but let us examine the other side of the picture. Mayor Wheeler states: "Most civic centers require some subsidy and even established centers require ongoing financial support."

What he is saying is that a conference center is not likely to support itself so the taxpayers will have to subsidize its construction and operation.

The benefits of a conference center would accrue mostly to the tourist trades, i.e., the motels, restaurants and related businesses. Very little of these benefits trickle down to the taxpayer.

So we re-examine this issue with the following questions: Do the taxpayers at large wish to support a segment of Medford's businesses? Is it a proper function of government to subsidize selected businesses?

William Mansfield


Smoking ban a good idea

The Bend Bulletin's View, "Smoking ban in public housing a bad idea" is wrong. It is a good idea.

If a person cannot afford to pay their own rent, or pay for their own food, that person cannot afford to smoke or drink alcohol.

You should not expect other people to supplement a habit that is unnecessary, unhealthy and expensive.

I do not oppose low-income housing or food stamps for people who truly need it. But if a person chooses to smoke and drink alcohol, he should not expect supplements.

As it was noted, the need to paint apartments and halls, as well as accidental fires, would be less frequent, creating a savings. Cost of enforcement? Eviction!

Spring Street Apartments here in Medford has a "No smoking inside" rule and it works. There is a covered smoking area away from the building for those who must smoke.

Joseph Carvalho


Capping emissions pays off

Contrary to the claims of naysayers, programs that cap greenhouse gas emissions have not caused economic collapse. Instead, states capping emissions have all displayed positive economic growth, and have simultaneously reduced their greenhouse gas emissions. Fort Collins, Colorado, has done exactly that. California, also. The message is clear: We can address global warming without tanking our economy.

Programs across the nation can serve as models for Oregon. These states have reduced hazardous air pollution, increased independence on out-of-state fuel sources and stimulated living wage jobs in renewable energy. They have compensated economically disadvantaged residents and strengthened their economies. Let’s get behind Oregon’s efforts.

Ken Deveney


Too much about pot

The numbers of articles about pot use has been excruciating to me. I am not a fan of recreational marijuana, but medical marijuana might be OK.

In recent weeks, there have been too many stories on the front page of the Mail Tribune about pot. One of the days that didn't have a pot article was when 129 people died in Paris. I am not hoping for another tragedy to happen and knock off pot from the pages of the Tribune, but I can hardly wait for the day when another more serious topic can find its way to our local paper.

In today's paper (Nov. 19), there were four stories about pot. Please take it off the front page and put all of them in the local section.

Dan Heath


Land of free for whom?

When young mothers with babies in their arms are fleeing their native land to save their lives, why would any member of Congress decide to reject their coming to the land of the free and the home of the brave? I really want to know.

Walter Schmidt