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Letters to the Editor, June 4

Leaders should oppose pipeline

Recently, Oregon Business & Industry and the Oregon Business Alliance sent letters of support to federal regulators for the Jordan Cove Pipeline, with which many local business leaders were represented.

It disappoints me greatly that prominent people in our community such as Jessica Gomez of Rogue Valley Microdevices, Sid DeBoer of Lithia Motors, Bill Thorndike of Medford Fabrication, Dave Underriner of Providence Health & Services and others would turn their backs on our community when we need their support in opposing Jordan Cove the most. If they do stand against the pipeline, they need to clarify their position to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission — and if they don’t, they should know that their community will not continue to support them.

Vivian Tauer

Medford

New immigration policy

Over the past two days, I have been hearing reports that children, ages 18 months-14 years have been removed from their parents, and not returned to them. This new enforcement program was announced by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on May 7, and Thursday night we were told that in excess of 650 children, averaging 66 a day, have been taken from their parents.

On Thursday, Sen. Diane Feinstein initiated legislation to overturn the policy, and ACLU has filed suit on behalf of some parents to stop this evil policy. I am furious that such a policy could be initiated in this country. It violates international law and it is inhumane.

I don’t understand why the Congress isn’t meeting day and night to overturn this policy that is traumatizing children and causing serious brain damage from anxiety and stress.

The policy as stated by Sessions on May 7 was, “If you cross this border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. .. If you smuggle illegal aliens across our border, then we will prosecute you. If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law.”

Carol Doty

Medford

Jacksonville food tax

Your May 31 article on the proposed Jacksonville food and beverage tax was upsetting.

A city or any other government has the basic requirement to support itself.

How does taxing non-citizens who eat meals and consume beverages in Jacksonville justify funding the city police department (who support the city and not my town)?

Finding enough Jacksonville citizens to sign a petition will be easy. It doesn’t take much to conclude paying a 5 percent food tax on the occasions they dine out would be cheaper than paying a surcharge. A vote in November by these local citizens would easily pass, using the same reasoning.

What kind of tax would be proposed next — to fund another city budget item? Should other cities establish this kind of tax to support their budgets?

This is a case much larger than a few dollars and cents. airness, ethics and integrity are values that will keep me out of Jacksonville.

Don Karpen

Talent

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