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Letters to the editor, Sept. 6, 2018

Pay attention to science

More than 30 years of experience have taught me: Fire science is complex in its details but straightforward conceptually.

Selective thinning and prescribed burns designed to create a resilient, sustainable ecosystem are feasible, desirable and imperative as a response to the ongoing disastrous anthropogenic climate change.

Industry-oriented harvesting and cropping practices have been undeniable failures, creating conditions that intensify forest fires into conflagrations killing rather than reinvigorating our vital forest ecologies.

A variegated population unique to each part of the ecology is vital literally. Only with well-vetted science and proper funding will we be able to reverse decades of malpractice and economic greed.

Unfortunately, an insidious lie has become endemic in public discourse. The false notion that federal taxes fund federal programs has led to stifling needed scientific research, institutional regulation and project development nationwide.

Speaking as a scientist, I am appalled by the actions of politicians and corporation owners who have, through willful ignorance, created the present crisis.

Robert I. Price, PhD


Weak rationalization

The same old “community leaders” continue to spin the same old weak rationalizations about why Medford shouldn’t be included as a third- place finisher in “Medford’s Bad Rap Undeserved, Stats Show”. If one really considers national statistics and doesn’t accept this same old gibberish by “community leaders,” Medford is clearly way below par in comparison to not only state data, but even more so in relation to national statistics. When the residents of Medford are willing to swallow these weak responses by “community leaders” that lead to even weaker actions, they continue the same old denial that has resulted in Medford being rated the third worst city in the nation to raise a child.

Harry Foster


A jail answer

To me it seems that former Arizona Sheriff’ Joe Arpaio’s solution to overcrowded jails seems worth a try in Jackson County.

His solution was to use tents to house low-level offenders. In Jackson County these tents would have to be insulated due to our weather. Each inmate would have his/her’s cot and foot locker for personal items. Three “hots and a cot” wouldn’t be cruel or unusual punishment. Use would be for non-violent offenders with short internment.

These conditions are certainly better than many underemployed and homeless presently have.

Temporary shelters would then be removed should voters approve new jail facilities.

Just a thought.

Cal Baker


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