LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

I recently received seven typed pages of surgically composed legalese from the city of Medford. The documents say that it is OK for the city to build a radio tower of any size it wants to. It is also OK to locate same anywhere on their (our) city property that they wish to. They also do not need to tell the citizens, nor get approval, nor go through any review with the citizens.

A 13-story truss next to homes?

Nearly nine other acres to put it on?

Quality of life?

A total surprise to citizens?

No review process needed?

What and where next?

Seven pages (plus pictures and diagrams) of "so what" is not an acceptable response. Not from those we have elected and from those we have hired to watch out for us. We all deserve proper notice and review process.

The City Council needs to hear from Medford citizens. A concerned citizen may call them or attend the appeal being heard by the City Council at 7 p.m. Feb. 17. One may either exercise the right to be counted or be heard at this hearing. — Mike Johnson, Medford

As a volunteer with the Jackson County Toys for Tots, I feel I must respond to the article that ran on Jan. 18.

One person quoted said the programs in Jackson and Josephine counties could "use a more giving spirit." I just couldn't believe my eyes when I read that. I know for a fact how much time, effort and "spirit" the coordinators who were interviewed put into their programs. No one can accuse them of not trying their very best to get toys to children at Christmas.

The coordinators work with so many other programs and help out with their needs. None of those were mentioned, just the one program where they weren't able to help out was brought up. The coordinators and volunteers put so much of themselves into this, parents need to do their part as well, to get signed up and then pick up the toys. It truly saddens me to see our local paper trash people who are doing their best to help others. — Lynda Saling, Medford

An ophthalmologist was sanctioned for not seeing his patients post-op.

I recently had a pacemaker implanted. After surgery I had a follow-up appointment, not with the cardiologist, but with the tech from the company that makes the pacemaker, who checked to see if the implant was working properly.

An R.N. was there, but neither she nor the tech could answer any questions regarding any health concerns I had. I was told to consult with my doctor. I asked when I would see my doctor; they replied, "You probably won't."

My post-op care has been turned over completely to the tech who will monitor me via phone. I will see the cardiologist only if I have an emergency.

Several people I know have had the same experience. We believe our hearts are as important as our eyes. That we should have post-op care from our cardiologist. Is turning us over to the pacemaker company for post-op care sufficient to satisfy the medical board? — Maxine Curtis, Central Point

The reason Sheriff Winters has met defeat trying to deny a medical marijuana patient a concealed gun license is that the permit doesn't allow the patient to own a gun — it merely allows her to carry a gun concealed.

Continued high unemployment and property devaluation threaten further loss of municipal tax revenues, yet our elected sheriff seems to think tax money grows on trees. Winters just got approval for a new $14 million jail facility we don't need. He should have followed Arizona Sheriff Arpaio's example by setting up a separate and considerably cheaper tent-detention facility on existing county land to hold additional, nonviolent inmates.

We are still facing the eventual loss of federal timber payments, or did Winters forget that? Property crimes like burglaries are on the rise, yet Winters seems to have a consuming and pathological obsession with just one thing, and that is the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. That obsession is costing us all money we can't replace. — Carl F. Worden, Eagle Point

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