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Letters, Oct. 9

I knew right away

I met a new friend recently at South Stage Cellars in Jacksonville. Jamie came to speak. Soon the place was packed. Voters old and young were happily there.

I met and talked with Jamie McLeod-Skinner between when she arrived and when she spoke. I was immediately at ease as if catching up with an old friend.

That is who Jamie is. https://jamiefororegon.com/values/

Jamie McLeod-Skinner, civil engineer, water and native rights attorney, multi-year civil servant, candidate for Walden’s too-long-held seat in the U.S. Congress, Oregon District 2.

Her themes were family, community, education, economic development and “ethics matter.” Jamie delivered ideas, not buzz words.

The last time I tried to talk with Walden, he entered and left through the back door, so as not to have to speak with us. Does that tell you anything?

We have important decisions to make. Ashland, consider your vote wisely.

Douglas Peterson

Medford

Voting for Jamie

As a family therapist at Jackson County Mental Health, I watched people with serious health issues use emergency rooms, as they had no other access to health care. Now, we can have the Oregon Health Plan and Medicaid paid for by Obamacare, which is way less costly to all of us.

Greg Walden is the chairman of the committee whose goal it is to get rid of Obamacare with nothing better. Walden’s plans will not cover pre-existing conditions! To throw poor and working-class folks out from guaranteed health care is not only inhumane, but will cost everyone much more money due to the emergency costs.

Oregon should be proud to have one of the most functional and cost-saving health care programs in the country. I am happy we have one candidate who tells the truth about health care and its cost to all of us. I’m voting for Jamie!

Susan Brook

Ashland

Re-elect Morris

I have had the opportunity to know Mike Morris for over 40 years. I have followed and admired his dedication and commitment to our city through his long service on the Planning Commission, and more recently on the Ashland City Council.

Mike Morris was born in Ashland, and has a deep appreciation for its history and diversity. He is exactly the kind of big-picture councilor we need to address the many challenges facing our city government. He is also a listener, and one who will always have the best interests of our city guiding his decisions.

I urge my fellow citizens to join me in re-electing Mike Morris to the Ashland City Council.

Brian Almquist, retired city administrator

Ashland

Voting for Dyer

I am proudly voting for Rick Dyer for re-election to the Jackson County Board of Commissioners.

In the short time I have known Rick, I have found him to be a strong leader, extremely organized and proactive in the way he conducts himself professionally. He is reliable with a proven success record.

I find that he is equal in his interaction with people regardless of their socio-economic background. He takes loss with dignity and is the first to express that a win is a team effort.

He has great passion for this community, which is visible in the time he has publicly served. I know he will continue to serve Jackson County with integrity and passion he has already demonstrated. I highly recommend voters re-elect Rick Dyer.

Sarahanne Driggs

Medford

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