LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

High-density apartment complexes should be clustered with other complexes such as Popular and Royal. Adequate vacant property exists near other high-density complexes for placement of the Cherry Creek proposal.

Instead, the Housing Authority of Jackson County has chosen to collude with the Berkley Hills property owner to place the county's largest public assistance high-density complex in the middle of single-family, owner-occupied residences. This complex and the adjoining shopping center-style parking lot are absolutely non-compatible with surrounding properties.

An extremely hostile environment has been created due to HAJC's lack of willingness to communicate with the neighbors. These are our tax dollars; you would think they would have the courtesy to at least solicit neighborhood input.

HAJC is proposing to build the complex and then sell it to investors. An example of how well this works is two smaller high-density public housing projects within .7 of a mile from Berkley Hills which have generated more than 500 public safety calls for service in just two years.

HAJC's care-less attitude toward area residents and extremely poor management of what is to be a public funded project has resulted in over 300 neighbors petitioning for denial of their proposal. If you are a concerned neighbor please attend the council appeal at 7 p.m. on Sept. 1. — L. Wilcox, Medford

I'm an 82-year-old retired teacher, wrestling and football coach. I was a teacher for 23 years and retired in 1976 after teaching 17 of those years within 549C.

I recently attended the class reunions of 1966 and 1971. Over the years I have been privileged to have attended class reunions from other classes as well. You have no idea how honored and grateful it makes me feel when I am invited.

I don't always recognize your faces, but most of the time I do remember your names. It gives me such a feeling of job accomplishment that I am remembered after all this time.

As I grow older health problems are accompanying my aging, so before it is too late I want to say thank you for remembering me. I hope that I played a small part in setting you on a successful path years ago. — Ralph Monroe, Medford

Saturday's article concerning the rabid bat found in Eagle Point when a dog was playing with it conveyed vital information to readers. However, it was slanted in such a way as to cause a great deal of additional pain to people who knew and loved this dog — especially the owners. I'm sure your reaction is, "If they loved the dog, why was she not vaccinated?"

What the writer failed to include was that the dog was a 41/2-month-old Lab puppy who was current on all her vaccinations, but could not receive her rabies shot until she was 6 months old.

When her owner came home from work and found her in their fenced backyard, chewing on the bat, he did the responsible thing and contacted her vet. When rabies in the bat was confirmed, this young man and his wife made the heart-rending decision to spare this deeply loved, well-cared-for pup the agony of the almost certain development of rabies with no cure.

They did not need an article making them appear irresponsible. — Lonnie Kurz, Jacksonville

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