Regarding the DISCLOSE Act (Our View Tuesday): Ever since the Citizens United ruling upholding freedom of speech, the left, and some on the right, have tried to limit political speech. The Disclose Act is an attempt to do just that.
The DISCLOSE Act opens the door for intimidation against individuals for their political views. Justice Kennedy's argument is a non-sequitur. Everyone should be protected against intimidation. That is why we have secret ballots. — Gordon W. Dickerson, Medford
Regarding the 1925 water law article (July 15): The next-to-last paragraph states "rain/snow runoff is a tributary of nearby Crowfoot Creek ... ."
Define "nearby." Say there's a natural hill parallel to the creek and a quarter-mile distant. Does this law really mean that the water runoff belongs to the creek? Does that make sense? Isn't that like saying water runoff on the west side of the Continental Divide belongs to the Mississippi River Basin?
Does this mean roof runoff into rain barrels is also "illegal water" in the Bug Butte system?
How is he supposed to return the "illegal" water? Digging a hole in the bottom of a larger hole won't drain the hole (unless you have a giant gopher). How's he supposed to keep future precipitation out of the ponds without filling them with dirt?
In the event of a wildfire, I'd think firefighters would welcome a ready source of water.
I can't imagine the Medford Water Commission would be so needy as to begrudge a rural homeowner the right to protect his property (and his neighbor's) or irrigate his crops from precipitation into farm ponds. It seems pitifully petty.
Methinks this law should be reviewed and revised. — Kristin Schulz, White City
Regarding Your article about fires blazing through the Midwest and Eastern Oregon. Fires are natural phenomena that occur through history in very dry seasons. Forests eventually replenish with new growth, but to lessen the destruction, had anybody ever thought about building water pipelines from the Northwest to those parched locations? If we can build an oil pipeline, what about several water pipelines?
This is one country, is it not? Are we the United States or United Countries? Do we work together as a team? Yes, it costs money to build, but look at the long run — it saves billions of dollars in land, structure and livelihoods. I can't be the only one who isn't a rocket scientist!
Coming back to Central Point after spending several hours in Brookings on the beach, I took notice of the sign entering Josephine County. Just below the sign, it stated, "we honor veterans" — perhaps they ought to change that to "we honor criminals." Isn't it "uphold the law and protect the public?" Then why is it "lawlessness and threaten the public?" I'm sorry, but this one doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out either! — Jeff Kassman, Central Point
Why are high school students not taught how to file taxes? I graduated South Medford High School a couple years ago, yet I was dumbfounded when tax day came around. Sure we learned what a tax was, but never learned a thing about how to file them.
What was irritating as a student was counting the hundreds of hours that I had wasted throughout high school in mandatory classes such as "advisory periods" or "pride periods."
Administrators may tell you how these programs were designed to help students catch up on their work, but here was how things actually worked: The library was off limits during these periods, so forget about checking out a book or researching for a paper. Seniors weren't allowed to leave school to go work on their senior project (because apparently this lockdown was really going to keep us from skipping if we really wanted to). Even some of the teachers rolled their eyes at this waste of time. Don't believe me? Ask your student.
Maybe a finance class could have been taught during these periods? Maybe we could've learned about events outside our valley? How about a drivers ed course? — Michael Carlini, Medford