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Letters to the Editor, Aug. 3

Marijuana tax money

We just read the article in the Mail Tribune concerning how to spend the marijuana tax money. This is a windfall that will happen each year and could make a huge difference in the livability of our potentially beautiful city.

For years Medford has been left behind by cities such as Bend and Ashland with regard to beautification of water features near downtown areas. Our plan looks toward the future. Let’s enhance Bear Creek the entire length of the city.

If Medford wants to improve its image and appeal as a destination city and desirable place to live, it needs to improve what it has to offer. Many cities would love to have Bear Creek running through them!

In our opinion the marijuana tax money presents Medford with an opportunity just waiting to happen. Park-like beautification along Bear Creek through Medford would have a positive impact now and for all the years to come. It would clean up the mess, lessen fire danger and pollution, and help the homeless situation by opening up creek access. This would augment the city’s attractiveness, improve safety, and provide additional recreational areas.

Bert and Judy Bamforth

Medford

Photo insensitive

This is in response to the Sunday, July 29 article entitled “Redding death toll reaches 5”. On the front page, we saw a photograph of a woman who had just received the devastating news that her two young children and grandmother perished in the fire.

It is unbelievable to me that a photographer would be so insensitive as to snap a picture at that moment. It also showed a true lack of empathy to print that photograph. The excruciating pain that this mother was and is experiencing is deeply personal and should not be for the general public to view casually as we drink our morning coffee. Let’s not lose our basic humanity in the interest of selling papers.

Vicki Johnson

Medford

We are smart enough

Reading your article about how bad fires were in the 1930s, I did not see the reason for such “monster” fires.

Humans started cutting and destroying old growth trees in the 1850s and did not replant the same diverse trees in their place. Instead we (humans) harvested what we wanted with no regard to the future health of our forests. These old-growth trees helped contain fires in the Northwest and in other states. We have, with no forethought to future generations, culled and destroyed our green spaces and are reaping the consequences of these culls.

We must replant indigenous trees and foliage to create a more healthy local environment. There will always be fires, human-caused or weather-caused. We are smart enough to make Southern Oregon a safer, better and smoke-free place to live.

Terri Rose

Central Point

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