Thank you, Ashland Planning Commission, for your brave vote against the outcry. More than 6,000 students and staff at Southern Oregon University (and countless residents in south Ashland) thank you — for better education, communications and our lifelines.

Who knows? Maybe someday an SOU student will solve the problems with cell technologies. In the meantime, all of us will be safer.

As cell phones are more hazardous than cell antennas "… and cell phones even more dangerous the harder they have to search for signals (proven science), you'd think all those concerned citizens would be clamoring for more cell antennas — to mitigate the damage throughout Ashland "… to all citizens. — Karen Jeffery, Ashland

Les Kell makes several misleading assertions regarding climate change in his June 23 letter.

He claims global temperatures have not risen in the last 11 years. This is not an accurate representation of the data which, according to the National Academy of Sciences, clearly shows steep increases over the last few decades.

It states: "A strong, credible body of scientific evidence shows that climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for a broad range of human and natural systems."

Mr. Kell further notes that carbon dioxide is responsible for only 2 percent of the overall greenhouse effect, as if to suggest that reducing CO2 emissions will have little effect on climate. While 2 percent may seem like a small figure, A 2 percent increase in the Earth's average temperature would add up to about about 11 degrees Fahrenheit. That would mean summertime high temperatures in the Rogue Valley well in excess of 100 degrees on a routine basis with peak temperatures as high as 120.

By the way, last year saw 10 high temperature records set in the Rogue Valley in July and August, according to the National Weather Service (www.wrh.noaa.gov/mfr/climo/pnsjul09.php). — Chris Crawford, Jacksonville

I can't believe that with all of the to-do about budgets and the concern about ongoing maintenance costs, the City of Medford would want to be in the water park business.

Does it say somewhere in the city charter that the city must provide entertainment for everyone? I think that if water parks were a viable business, considering Medford's three-month maximum of warm-enough weather, someone in the private domain would have built one before now. — Kenn Sorgatz, Talent

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