Letters to the editor: June 6

Letters to the editor: June 6

Dredging doesn't hurt fish

It's amazing to me that people ban things and don't know a darn thing about what they are banning.

Years ago I was down on the Klamath River with a small dredge and didn't notice any fish around when I started dredging. In a stream, the dredge is downstream from you, due to the current. I had been dredging for a few minutes, when a rock clogged my intake and I stopped to clear it out and that's when I noticed around 200 fish at the end of my dredge eating things that the dredge was discharging.

That is when I realized that the bed of the river had kind of a hard crust on top and I had taken a small tool and broken through the crust to start my dredging and this crust was stopping the fish from getting at what was under the crust. So no one can tell me that dredging is hurting the fish, as they don't know what they are talking about.

William C. Carlson

Central Point

Out of step with America

The White House and the GOP are out of step with public opinion on many issues. This is especially evident for climate science.

While the president, his cabinet and Republican congressional leaders sound sold on anti-science information, a recent Gallup Poll indicates that public opinion has reached an eight-year high on two vital issues: 71 percent of Americans now accept that most scientists agree global warming is happening and 68 percent agree that it is caused by human activities.

Despite or because of our administration's misinformation, Americans are more engaged and better informed. Although repeating lies, alternative facts and fake news (Trump, GOP leaders and FOX) sometimes convinces people of the "truth" of the lie, it's not working in the case of climate science.

While Trump and company spread lies to support policies to enrich the already wealthy at the expense of the rest of us and future generations, understanding among most Americans is increasing. Now that Trump has acted to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement while 70 percent of Americans support it and want us involved, as do I, how do you see your responsibility and civic duty? Share your story.

Pat Gordon


Use MURA for infill

Continuing the Medford Urban Renewal Agency is vital for an infill and redevelopment program north of the new Lithia Motors headquarters.

It is understandable that the initial focus of MURA was the original Medford downtown core, but there was always a need to upgrade the several block area between Riverside and Court and North Central avenues both in terms of renovation and reconstruction. The distance between the two one-way streets is great enough to mitigate vehicle noise for much of that area.

That section offers obvious alternative transportation advantages for residents due to the proximity of the downtown area and of both the Rogue Valley Mall and Medford Center.

Medford can accommodate most if not all future growth within its existing low-density city limit. That is if there is a commitment to frugally using the land already in the city. For too long Medford has needlessly grabbed land on its fringes.

But the preservation of our Jackson County farming legacy dictates infill policies. It does not dictate that we tolerate more sprawl.

Brent Thompson, former president of the Jackson County Citizens League


Election fraud discovered

Remember when the media pundits scoffed at Trump for suggesting voting fraud? A recent study by the Public Interest Legal Foundation identified more than 5,500 non-citizens (including 19 deceased) registered to vote in Virginia, who had been responsible for thousands of illegal ballots since the 1980s. (Any bets on the party affiliation of these voters?) And the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is just getting started. I predict that this is only the tip of the iceberg.

Oh, and by the way, I’ve discovered a way to identify most “fake news” articles in the daily fish wrapper, and I’d like to share it with you. Here’s how: The byline will include the encoded words “Associated Press.” You’re welcome.

Mark Giuntini


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