While repair and resurfacing of Delta Waters certainly is necessary, and Medford's Public Works Department doubtless will do its usual excellent job, traffic control has been abysmal. Cheers and jeers.
On the off chance no one else has surfaced this complaint, I felt it time someone did. There is absolutely no excuse some form of traffic control could not have been implemented to avoid motorists of all sorts (even an RVTD bus) being stopped on Crater Lake Avenue (as I was) last Friday afternoon.
After 12 minutes, I did as others did, a U-turn in a parking lot, and took another route to town. — Kurt Austermann, Medford
The possible sale of the Old Methodist Church in Jacksonville, now St. Andrew's Anglican Church, is quite alarming. Built in 1854, two years after gold was found in Daisy Creek, it was the first church built in Jacksonville, and is the oldest standing Protestant church west of the Rockies.
The City of Jacksonville purchased the property in 1937 for $350 and a $1 Quit Claim Deed. In 1980, the building in disrepair, St. Andrew's signed a lease, with the agreement that we would restore the property. The Historical Society had also wanted to lease the building, but the City Council said no, it needed to remain as a church. In 1991 we offered to buy the property, but the council said no, it needed to be retained as historical inventory.
Now the city lists St. Andrew's as "surplus with historic conservation easement when lease expires to pay construction and put back on tax rolls." It has never been on the tax rolls, which leads me to believe that our City Council is hoping that a non-church entity would purchase the property.
So, while Medford celebrates its history, Jacksonville sells it. — Susan Whipple, Jacksonville, member of St. Andrew's Church
I just returned from the Medford airport. In the arrival/baggage claim area directly in front of several rows of seats there are two large TV screens, approximately three feet each. On one is FOX News, featuring Glenn Beck jabbering on about some nonsense and on the other are alternating still photos of buildings, etc., constructed by Adroit Construction Co. Inc., which also apparently donated the TV sets.
I asked if I could get the station changed and was told that the channel has been pre-set by the company who put the TV there, it never changes.
I find it disturbing that a federal airport can endorse such an obvious politically biased source of propaganda.
I do not approve of the message that the FOX organization is putting forth and it has been shown that the majority of its programming is opinion-based entertainment, overshadowing its very small amount of actual news coverage. I do not agree that corporations should be allowed to buy captive viewers in this way.
Many other airports have news programs playing with the volume down and the closed captioning on so that interested parties can watch while others can tune out. — Wayne Overlin, Cave Junction
It would be appreciated if you would use the influence of your newspaper to help save the church building on Fifth Street in Jacksonville that is now occupied by the Anglican Church. It would be a shame if the city of Jacksonville sold the building and turned it into something other than a church. This building was erected in 1854 and has always been a church. Let's keep it that way. Your help will be appreciated. — Mr and Mrs David and Lois Rodger, members of St. Andrew's Anglican Church
The Heritage Foundation's anti-union rant in the Mail Tribune ties recent tax measures in Oregon to unions, failing to recognize that Oregonians needed a fairer tax structure which requires businesses to contribute their fair share. Really, the previous minimum corporation tax was a joke.
Unions have struggled hard for over a century to keep the American workers' standard of living strong. Unions are a major reason why we had a viable middle class for so many decades. Today, the middle class is shrinking, its earning capacity in jeapardy. Yes, global influences are factors. However, more wealth is concentrated in a smaller percentage of people and corporate executives rake off millions at the expense of decent jobs. To rant against unions is a false argument, a "divide-and-conquer" technique pitting union and nonunion workers against one another. The real issue is decent wages versus corporate greed.
The old oil and railroad baron culture is but a step away. The powerful Heritage Foundation lobbyists in Washington, D.C. spend millions to sway our governments to continue the status quo of corporate dominance at the expense of American workers. Thank the unions for keeping them at bay. — Myrl M. Bishop, Ashland
I read with much interest and appreciation of a bipartisan effort by five Oregon members of the U.S. House and Senate to increase and stabilize the timber harvest level on O&C lands managed by BLM.
In this age of political gridlock a bipartisan effort on any subject is extremely rare, but a successful effort to increase and stabilize timber harvest levels should be classed as a miracle and elevate the status of our elected officials to sainthood.
The Western Oregon counties are in dire need of increased timber receipts from these nontaxable federal lands; loggers and mill workers desperately need jobs, so this would be a win-win situation.
A modification of the O&C Act should be implemented to: 1. Establish new forest management goals and standards. 2. Set a harvest level more commensurate with the timber volume growth of the lands. 3. Prohibit lawsuits against timber sale proposals that fully comply with the new standards.
Our local forests are extremely complex and should be managed by a variety of natural resource experts instead of being managed by judges and attorneys. — Pat Clason, Medford