LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Whoa, be still my heart. Cultural relevance in Dreadford. I think I'm getting the vapors; I shall hie myself to my fainting couch and recline thereon until the start that this news has given my delicate constitution passes.

To think that a simple radio station relocation could cause such a seismic shift in our populace. However, I wouldst caution the fair folk of Ashland to be careful when strolling the culturally enlightened streets of said town as their noses are apparently so far in the air that they may run into something solid and bend their beaks. — Mel Beaty, Medford

How disappointing to read Sunday's article about our beloved and valuable JPR moving to Medford.

I lived in Eugene for many years and had to endure the (utterly unearned) snobbery directed toward Springfield. Now, we have the same ugly noises coming from Ashlanders.

Afraid Medford will poison the "culture" Ashland offers? I guess that culture includes the blatant racial housing discrimination Ashland has been caught in twice in my eight years here? Because we benighted souls in Medford scruple less over melanin than the enlightened, cultured Ashlanders? — G. Duff Bloom, Medford

Your front page article on JPR was certainly revelatory of how snobbish Ashlanders can be toward us great unwashed in Medford. — Sue Thomas, Medford

The Republican Party was handed a budget surplus in 2000 and destroyed our economy in eight years. Finally, they are admitting the truth.

"So be it" means "we don't care about the American people."

They want to kill government jobs. "So be it." They want to de-fund Planned Parenthood and eliminate health care for millions of women. "So be it."

They want to roll back the biggest breakthrough in health care in this country since Medicare. "We don't care about you."

They want to break up the unions so their constituents don't have to deal with collective bargaining.

The Republicans created a huge deficit and now, after insisting on a huge tax break for their rich contributors, they want to balance the budget on the backs of the middle class and the poor. Can anybody explain why we elected these people? — Joseph T. Suste, Medford

I read in the Sunday, Feb. 13, newspaper the article concerning "Charley's Land" and I am concerned with a couple of points.

First, C.W. Smith is quoted as saying that "Givan would likely think that getting two out of his three promises met isn't that bad." What is wrong with three out of three?

The north section of the property evidently contains artifacts of value to the American Indian community. The north section has appropriate places for a boat ramp. If there was a place to display those artifacts, a tourist center of sorts, the public would be served by boating to that ramp and having a place to visit.

Secondly, there was no mention of other avenues explored to purchase the old Elks property. There are many fundraisers and possible interested organizations in this county.

In the interest of preserving pristine land, so much of which is disappearing under concrete, is this not a beautiful opportunity to maintain all that riverfront for all of us now and in the future?

I am personally distrustful of developers. This time, all of the details need to be put in the appropriate places. As land becomes increasingly scarce, we need to be increasingly vigilant. — Brandy Carson, Ashland

In her letter to the editor (Feb. 20) on vaccinations, Sabrina Paulick states, "... research shows that vaccines are neither safe nor effective." She is wrong.

Vaccines have wiped out smallpox, almost eliminated polio in the developed world and drastically reduced the incidence of childhood diseases such as measles, whooping cough and others. To not acknowledge these advances in the control of infectious diseases is to evade reality.

During my childhood in the 1940s, I had three friends die of polio. As a medical student, I had the opportunity to see a young girl that had suffered from diphtheria. She was still recovering from myocarditis (inflammation of the heart) which is a complication of diphtheria. I say "opportunity" because it was extremely rare for a patient to have diphtheria due to protection afforded by vaccination.

As a young physician I saw my share of measles epidemics and realized how sick some patients can be from this disease. The mortality rate for rubeola (red measles) is 2/1,000 in the U.S. but higher in the developing world (Merck Manual).

No, I did not develop my opinion entirely from what doctors, teachers or government officials told me. I came to my opinion from real-world experience. — Gordon W. Dickerson, M.D., Medford

I read with interest Sarah Reierson's opinion in support of an aquatic facility in Medford. I agreed with Sarah until she brought up support for a water park.

Medford should have a new community pool. Medford should have a competitive pool in another location that will double as a community pool when not in use for competition purposes.

What Medford should not have is an expensive water park. The studies prove that the ticket cost will be more than many Medford families or Jackson County families can afford.

The studies prove that Medford property owners will be the ones to subsidize this venture by having their property taxes increase. Of course, the increase will be put before the voters as a "bond" election. Let me remind you "bond" is just another word for "tax." The value of our homes and property has decreased since the economy tanked, but our property taxes have not decreased.

Sarah is a competitive swimmer, enjoying high school and her life, as young adults should. What she does not yet need to know, is the reality of how expensive it is to raise a family or how expensive it is to own a home. — Robin Sparks, Medford

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