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Letters to the Editor, April 27

Letters to the Editor, April 27

You can get a derelict RV, too

Not long ago, Oregon was considered a pristine, litter-free state that all who lived in or visited would not dump in. Nevertheless, while mushroom hunting recently on National Forest lands, I came across an intact large derelict RV (DRV); however, the next week, the DRV was burned out and left in our woods — dreadful.

I find this a disturbing trend.

This year a DRV was abandoned in my neighbor’s driveway. They awoke to an adornment of an ugly nature deposited in the late hours of the night with no VIN or license plate. Removal costs would exceed thousands of dollars, had not our resourceful law enforcement intervened.

County Commissioner Robert Strosser’s figured out how to help the offenders help themselves. His past law enforcement credentials paid off smartly and legally in righting a wrong, this time.

The DRV dilemma caught Oregon by surprise. The cause, in some cases, factors into legalization of cannabis and the consequences of temporary housing that emerged. Furthermore, the Oregon Trail “food” vouchers exacerbated the situation by enabling many to stay while living in a DRV and abandoning it when warranted, or in some cases, becoming squatters, diminishing precious state revenues.

Rachel Lee Hall

Central Point

Vote for McLeod-Skinner

What has most impressed me about Jamie’s campaign for the Democratic nomination is her ability to have conversations across party lines.

She has done an unprecedented tour of the 2nd District to listen and talk with Democrats and Republicans to hear their needs and concerns so she may better serve as their representative in Congress. Because she uses language that unifies rather than divides, she promotes cooperation and collaboration, always looking for areas of common concern.

She realizes the wisdom and benefit of having everyone’s voice at the table. This openness and willingness to listen gives her an advantage over those who come to the job with fixed ideas of how to make change happen. She not only is the perfect candidate to support the change that needs to happen, but she is also someone with the dedication, integrity and love of public service to make change a reality.

Judy Voruz

Ashland

Remember the good old days

Remember the good old days of the ’70s, when police officers had six-shot .38 revolvers? The average good guy/bad guy firefight was one and a half seconds. Ironically the same average time of a bayonet fight in World War I. The six-shot revolvers were slow to shoot and prevented police adrenaline killings.

Then the gun manufacturers started introducing assault weapons into our culture and the police became outgunned. The police resorted to semiautomatic pistols with their feather triggers and nine- and 15-bullet magazines.

Why do civilians need a 30-bullet magazine or a 50-bullet cylinder magazine to protect themselves? Is it to stop a tyrannical government?

No, Hitler did not first confiscate guns in the German culture! The Nazis first took control of the local police, second the food supply, third the media and finally the military.

The next mass shooting, the NRA (Non-Regulated Assassins) will remind us that the victim’s families are in their thoughts and prayers. And it takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun.

Mike E. Miles

Medford

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