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Letters, Sept. 4

Focus on pain

The opioid problem begins with a need to eliminate or reduce pain. Let us focus on pain.There are millions of stroke and brain injury survivors who suffer various neuropathic pain syndromes. People tend not to talk about their pain, which is nice of them, but not good for others who do or will or might suffer with pain they don’t want to talk about.

We hear about the opioid crisis and all the poor lost souls and it is a terrible thing indeed. It’s all over the media, it huge news, but not a word about pain There is an inclination to control addiction with legislation and law enforcement, which draws media attention, but no one seems to be addressing the basic problem of pain. What about the many more people who live with tremendous intractable pain every day with no relief? Could we please put the focus where it belongs? The very root of the opioid problem is pain. More awareness means more research, which leads to effective treatments if not cures.

Richard Gilstrap

White City

Worst place? Think again

Ella Cross (Letters, Aug. 26) sadly buys into the nonsense that Medford is a terrible place to raise children — and worse, blames it on “progressives”!

First of all, these so-called “rankings” are ridiculous. No place to exercise? We’re only surrounded by lakes, rivers, mountains, hiking trails, campgrounds and snow parks. My friends back east are “green” with envy that I only have to drive 20 minutes to enjoy wilderness solitude.

Pre-school enrollment? I didn’t go to school until I was 5 years old. True, the high school graduation rate is not ideal, but we’re working on that.

Crime? Well, we moved here 11 years ago from Washington, D.C., and trust me, crime is no longer the first thing on our minds.

As for progressives, Ella can thank them for saving our public libraries, improving public transportation, preserving our beautiful natural surroundings and sustaining our economy with theater, art, wineries and music. Ella might want to think again before she believes the hype and then blames those who work so hard to create a liveable environment in the Rogue Valley.

Grover Gardner

Medford

Justice for horses

Thank you for publishing the article about Justice, the horse who was horribly neglected by his owner. That owner pleaded guilty to criminal neglect and is now being sued by the horse, with the assistance of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, for $100,000 to cover his care and ongoing medical costs for the rest of his life.

I am a volunteer and board member at the Equamore Sanctuary here in Ashland where we have dozens of stories like Justice’s. Starvation, abuse, neglect and abandonment are all issues that we have seen countless times in our 27 years of rescue operation.

Currently we have 57 horses on our property, everything from ponies to Percherons, and all of them need food, shelter, vet care, medicines and special feeds. I would encourage your readers to visit our website at www.equamore.org or visit us on Facebook and read the heartbreaking stories of some of our horses — and rejoice in their redemption and recovery.

I do hope that Justice’s owner faces consequences for this cruelty and I also hope that the community at large recognizes the problem of equine abuse and its aftermath. All horses should have “Justice.”

Nancy Shulenberger

Ashland

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