This letter is to thank County Commissioner Dave Gilmour on his stand against the ever-expanding OHV use, especially in the Johns Peak/Timber Mountain area. The hundreds of families adversely effected by this state-subsidized "sport" have made their displeasure known for years. Thank God someone was listening.

The OHV riders seem to feel they have a right of eminent domain because they've been riding there for 40 years. Well, yes, they used to "bleed" people, too, but when they realized it did more harm than good, they stopped. There is very little good and a lot of harm that is coming out of this. This, too, should be stopped.

"Off-road riding" doesn't have to be a contact sport with homeowners, picnickers or hikers. They simply should ride in places that don't impact citizens or the environment so negatively.

We applaud Mr. Gilmour for realizing this and taking his stand. We would hope that his fellow commissioners would join him. Their constituents would appreciate it greatly. — Mary Ann Carlson, Jacksonville

The nearly full moon on Dec. 22 added much beauty to the luminaria at Perl-Siskiyou Memorial Park.

Over 3,000 luminarias decorated the cemetery. I remember the first year it graced Medford, now a yearly tradition.

There is a big change, however, since the first event. Automobiles used only parking lights as they slowly moved through the beauty, reminding us of the eternal lights of loved ones.

The past few years modern technology has drastically changed this. Now headlights are on when the motor is running.

The glare from autos behind reflect in rear and side-view mirrors. It prevents the eyes from absorbing the beauty surrounding the graves. The blue headlights are even worse.

Next year, I will remain home and just dwell upon my memories of the beauty, once upon a time, that was!

Merry Christmas and may the new year be even better! — Rosalyn Rhinehart, Medford

Jack Walker is quoted in the Dec. 20 Mail Tribune as follows: "It would be throwing money down the well. I don't know how long they expect us to keep funding them."

How quickly he forgets that under Measure 50 the county was able to roll the 1948 Historical Society tax levy into the general fund, thus usurping the funding previously allocated by voters for historic preservation. At the time of the rollover, that fund was estimated at approximately $2 million dollars.

This was, in essence, a $2 million dollar revenue boost the county general fund without having to go to the voters for a tax increase. However, the loss of that funding is what has caused the current financial crisis to the 15-member museums and societies of Jackson County.

So, my question to Jack Walker is, who drained the well and caused this financial crisis for the museums and societies? Doesn't he feel any responsibility? — Warrren Brown, Butte Falls

It's sad that downtown shoppers can't park close to shops, offices, restaurants, etc., without worrying about getting a parking ticket. I thought rejuvenation was the plan.

I should be able to have lunch, shop the unique places of business (bookstores, antique shops, restaurants, salons, etc.), and park conveniently without having to walk three to four blocks to the place I wish to patronize, spend X amount of dollars, then find a $15 parking ticket I have to pay!

The parking facility is great, but it's too far to walk for some of us seniors. Come on merchants, band together — stop this unnecessary tax — save your downtown. — June Giorvas, Central Point

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