I would like to address the narrow streets off East Main and offer a simple and low-cost solution. Tripp and Cottage are parallel residential streets that are very narrow and have a fairly high traffic volume. Both of these streets have parking on one side, making the already narrow street a hazard when two or more cars are traveling different directions.

My solution would be to make each of these streets a single lane, one-way street. The only costs associated with this idea would be the painting of a new line and signs designating a one-way street.

As many contractors can tell you, the City of Medford can be difficult and cumbersome to work with. So without over-thinking this, it seems like a simple, low-cost approach that makes sense. This would make for a much safer commute and maybe prevent further fender benders and perhaps save a side mirror or two. — L. Bates, Medford

How do you get almost 350 high school students excited about employment opportunities and workplace expectations? What does it take to get over 50 businesses, 75 business volunteers, six school districts, and four local nonprofit organizations to dedicate their time and resources to teach high school students what it takes to succeed in today's workplace? Answer: Careers In Gear — Youth Success Expo!

On April 10 at the Medford School District Education Center, students from Jackson and Josephine counties attended Careers In Gear workshops, visited local business exhibits and gained important knowledge in the areas of communications, workplace expectations, and those "speed bumps" that can prevent students from getting/keeping a job. On behalf of the Rogue Workforce Partnership, PowerUp Oregon, The Job Council and Junior Achievement, thanks so much to the schools, students and business community that made this event a huge success! — Mary Holbrook, district director, Junior Achievement, Careers in Gear Event Manager, Medford

Business owners in Ashland have responded to a Chamber of Commerce survey by deploring the negative influence of "homeless persons" on the atmosphere of the tourist and shopper-dependent town.

Yet, how can visitors be expected to appreciate the deeply rooted relationship between Ashland town folk and their ubiquitous hapless ones? Newcomers cannot possibly grasp how the Stockholm Syndrome has bound homeless and burghers in the grim embrace they find themselves within.

May I suggest a first step in correcting this? Years ago I told our 2-year old she could choose one of three names for these vagabonds. "Bum" or "tramp" or "hobo." She choose the last and now, at 15, uses it to the exclusion of all other terms. — Hubert Smith, Jacksonville

What a beautiful idea! The Medford Natural Lighting Project deserves our support — both economical and ecological. Medford children should have the experience of seeing the stars and constellations each night from their own backyards. — Eileen Adee, Medford

We read your "Our Bucket List" insert with great interest.

However, I believe you left out the most important thing of all that we need to do if we think this is going to be the end (which I do not believe, only God knows for sure), and that that is to make peace with our maker and prepare ourselves to meet him. — Marilyn Wirshup, Gold Hill

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