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Letters to the Editor, June 6

Just say no

The Talent smart meter town hall did not go well for Pacific Power. Electrical engineer Bill Bathgate refuted most of what PP said.

PP claimed their meters send signals only four times a day, Bill said upwards of 190,000 times per day. PP said their meters were “safe.” Bill countered that the meters are not grounded against power surges and will cause fires and explosions as they already have elsewhere. When people brought up health concerns about pulsating microwaves in their home 24/7, PP dismissed them with, “Our stack of scientific assurances neutralizes your stack of scientific warnings.”

Bill stated our electric bill will go up because the new meters will charge us for stray voltage as well as running the meter itself. Bill said that if he had brought such a defective meter to his boss during his career he would have been fired. If we “opt-out,” PP intends to charge us $137 initially and $36 monthly to extort us into compliance. PP failed to demonstrate any benefit whatsoever to their customers. These meters are a health, privacy, ecological and financial catastrophe. Just say “no!” to “smart” meters.

Tom Clunie


End barbaric practices

I was very happy to read last week’s article, “Group want to ban painful training,” and learn that our Jackson County commissioners are considering an ordinance to ban bull hooks and various tools of punishment used on elephants and other traveling circus animals.

It is barbaric that any wild animal would be subjected to physical abuse just so humans can watch it do a trick. So many other towns, counties, states and countries have already outlawed bull hooks or exotic animals in traveling shows and I am thrilled that Jackson County is joining the 21st century! Way to go Jackson County Animal Control Advisory Committee!

Diane Barnes


Why demean valedictorians?

I have been taking the Mail Tribune now for almost 17 years. In that time, I have literally never read Robert Galvin’s column. The title, “Get off my lawn,” has always been a turn-off for me. But on Sunday I thought I’d give it a try since he was talking about high school grads in the column adjacent to the piece listing this year’s valedictorians.

Three paragraphs in, I came across this line, “For this year’s high school graduates — even the eight or so who are not valedictorians .”

It is true that Medford schools usually have several valedictorians each year, all of whom have worked very hard to get straight As over 16 consecutive quarters. Mr. Galvin, would you please explain exactly what is the point of demeaning them and their efforts?

I will give your column one more try in hopes of reading your answer.

Steve Cannon


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