Public records laws are amazing! They allow access to police videotapes of football players arrested for speeding, but they do not allow access to appraisals for property that was purchased with your tax dollars.
One million dollars of Neighborhood Stabilization Funds (your tax dollars) were used along with $821,189 of provided equity from the Housing Authority of Jackson County to purchase 6 acres for the Cherry Creek Development. We have also asked the Oregon Housing & Community Services Department, who award the Neighborhood Stabilization Funds, for a copy of the land appraisal which the NSF process requires. OHCS has denied our request.
Furthermore, NSF can be used to purchase undeveloped property only if the land is in foreclosure or "distressed." We can verify the property was not in foreclosure but cannot verify "distressed."
Conclusion: The lives of college football players are more important than verifying proper use of your tax dollars! — Dennis Hill, Medford
I respond to the Bend Bulletin editorial reprinted on your Aug. 13 editorial page entitled "The death tax must die." The editorial condemns Oregon's inheritance tax and demands its repeal.
This tax only applies to estates of over $1 million, or about 1 percent of Oregonians.
Since the Reagan administration the percentage of wealth held by the wealthiest has continued to climb. Elimination of the inheritance tax would aid in creating an even greater disparity, bringing us back even closer to the Feudal era that plagued Europe for so many centuries.
If we continue in the direction we are traveling, virtually all the assets will be a held by a top few percent. This does not bode well for the great American dream of achieving financial success through hard work.
We have heard some of the wealthy claim that they should not be taxed as highly for it effects the amount they invest in industry. This is a canard that has been fed to us for many decades but it is not borne out by economist's studies. Investment is based on market demand, not on how much the wealthy can store for distribution to their children. — William Mansfield, Medford
I am disgusted with those lunatics in Washington we call congressmen, especially those religious hypocrites who claim to be God's messengers.
I suggest they read Proverbs 6:16-19. "These six things doth the Lord hate; yea seven are an abomination unto him. A proud look; a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood. An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations; feet that be swift in running to mischief. A false witness that speaketh lies and he that soweth discord among bretheren."
In my opinion, those idiots have broken at least five of God's commandments, but don't worry. Give 'em time, they'll make it seven for seven. — Jeff Cheek, Medford