A guest opinion May 9 stated Medford has done little or nothing to protect and restore stream ecosystems.

A partial list of actions by the city includes: adopted ordinances criminalizing discharge of pollutants to storm drains and protecting stream riparian areas; developed a Storm Water Management Plan; devoted 1,885 hours to blackberry eradication last year; redesigned street inlets to capture pollutants before they reach streams; and spent $6,000 to plant more than 300 trees in riparian areas. RVCOG spent $40,000 to plant more than 1,000 trees in Medford riparian areas.

We participated in creating the Bear Creek Masterplan and are working on plan implementation. The city exceeds the requirements of the storm water regulations for Bear Creek.

All streams in the city limits are important community assets and we will continue our efforts to protect and enhance them. I agree that additional efforts are needed to showcase and improve Medford's creeks. I am confident the city will continue to support this effort. To write "the city of Medford has done little or nothing to protect and restore the stream ecosystem" ignores facts and doesn't credit the outstanding efforts of city employees, elected leaders, and volunteers to improve our streams. — Cory Crebbin, Medford director of public works

A pricetag of $140 million for a Highway 62 bypass? Does anybody think that is crazy?

That's about $50 million a mile — a harebrained idea that is projected to save you two minutes' travel time, at most.

The new Medford interchange was a boondoggle at $90 million. This proposal dwarfs that and is even more ridiculous.

We should put it to a vote and get this money earmarked for schools and education. Now, that's something that I could support. — Tom Dimitre, Ashland

I see a lot in your paper about jobs legislation, and I thought I'd share one practical way to bring living-wage jobs to the Rogue Valley.

I just went to a meeting with Oregon Action. We talked a lot about a green jobs conference they just attended up at the University of Oregon.

Turns out that Portland got federal stimulus money to start a program to put people to work weatherizing homes. It creates jobs, saves the residents money, cuts down on energy use and protects the environment.

They also have what they call a "community benefits" agreement that ensures that the jobs pay a living wage and are available to those who need them most.

It's great that Portland has this innovative program. Does anyone but me wonder when the Rogue Valley will have it too?

Let's tell our federal, state, county, and city officials that we need living-wage green jobs and lower energy use here, too. — Michelle Glass, Medford

Peter Venuto (May 14) submits several "undisputable" facts and "atrocities" about President Obama — then displays that he is indisputably ignorant of what a "fact" looks like.

For example, he states, "Obama has rejected what has successfully turned the economy around in the past: lower taxes and decreased government spending." Here's an indisputable fact for him: unless his income exceeds $240,000 a year, Obama has lowered his taxes. That's right, lowered!

Here's another indisputable fact for him: the increased government spending in TARP money to bail out the banks was initiated by the Bush — not the Obama — administration.

Yup, and even John McCain and sister half-Governor Sarah supported the bailout during the '08 campaign. — Craig Callaway, Eagle Point

Well, here we go again. A government agency. In this case, the Forest Service. They want to proceed with outdated knowledge concerning the Mount Ashland ski area expansion.

Not a good idea. A future degradation of this sensitive area. — John E. Van Syoc, Grants Pass

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