I wanted an opportunity to thank the driver of the green older Honda-style car who was speeding down Bursell Road in Central Point at 8:15 on Thursday morning, Sept. 11. I'm sure its been a rough week for you so I wanted you to know that you can rest easy as my son was unable to get your license number when you hit him on his way to the school bus.
Although he had to come home early that day, he did manage to limp his way to the bus stop. I hope you were able to get to wherever you were going that was so important that you did not bother to stop, or even slow down and make sure my child was not dead or critically injured. I understand it would be difficult to spot him walking as he is just a little over 6 feet tall.
Don't worry, we are watching for you and will get your license number if you come by that way again. I hope the rest of your week and weekend went well. My son spent most of it in bed. — M. Gee, Central Point
In an MT article of Sept. 8, Ashley Surdin mentions California's goal of slashing its greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020. The idea is to accomplish that goal in the face of an expected population increase of 12 million in the next 20 years.
According to the Sierra Club, the average American produces 20 tons of C02 per year. At this rate California's 38 million people combined to produce a yearly total of 760 million tons of C02.
With 38 million people, a C02 reduction to 15 tons per person (25 percent) would bring the state's total output down from its current level of 760 million tons to 570 million tons. However, the addition of 12 million people, each producing the reduced level of 15 tons of C02 per year, would bring the state's total output back up to 750 million tons per year, which is essentially its current level. — Warren Troy, Grants Pass
In regard to the recent article about dust and noise in White City. It's unfortunate Mr. Probst was unaware of his surroundings before building his home near the Hoover Ponds.
But now that he is, let's join him in closing down all the mills in White City that produce "dust and noise." While we're at it, let's run Amy's Kitchen out of town. When the wind blows just right, I smell onions. I hate onions.
Next, let's close down the circle track, drag strip, and firing range. After we re-route Highway 140 away from his property, let's tackle Rogue Valley International Airport. After all, those planes come and go at all hours of day and night and make a lot of noise.
Seriously, you shouldn't move to a golf course and complain about golf balls in your yard. — Tom Pepple, Medford
After the 9/11 attack, the U.S. had a choice: Seek immediate vengeance or work with other nations in a police action to deal with the crime.
U.S. leaders chose vengeance and pre-emptive violence. As a result, support for U.S. policies fell throughout the world, the ranks of violent groups swelled, and our constitutional protections were undermined in the name of national security.
I hope that the winners of November's elections will abandon the unilateral, go-it-alone policies since 9/11 and re-engage with the rest of the world. One good start toward rebuilding international relations would be to pay the nearly $2 billion in back dues owed to the U.N. Compared with the $5 billion cost for one week of war in Iraq, it would be a small but rewarding investment. — Ken Deveney, Ashland