Kudos to your reporters! They have uncovered the charade of our fire chief's "retirement." I hope they continue to dig because it smells like there is more yet to uncover.

And kudos to Beth Heckert for her actions to compel the city manager to provide more information. As for the settlement costs, they would not have been necessary had the city manager not acted so rashly. Maybe he should reimburse the taxpayers?

Meanwhile, we've lost a dedicated public servant who built Medford Fire-Rescue into one of the finest departments in the state. What is Mr. Swanson's agenda? — William C. Riggert, Medford

I refer to a very pertinent article on page 9A of the Sept. 11 Mail Tribune. It appears that 1 percent of our nation's earners received more than 19 percent of the nation's income in 2012. This increase in share compares to the less than 8 percent share in 1973 for the same 1 percent group.

Excluding the few innovators during that time period, it seems the increase in share somewhat coincides with the advent of private-equity capitalists, market manipulators, cronyism between boards of directors and corporate leaders, and the rationale that large salaries are needed to get and retain good people (of course, this excludes the need for good lower-echelon people).

Aldous Huxley mentioned whenever the economic life of a nation becomes precarious, the central government is forced to assume additional responsibilities for the general welfare.

Are the 1 percent promoting more government control, intentionally or not? — Phil Koszyk, Medford

In his guest opinion (Sept. 12) Crater Lake Seasonal Naturalist Brian Ettling clearly outlined some of the major current consequences of climate change not just for the park, but for the entire region. Anyone involved in agriculture or forestry should be particularly concerned about the snowpack loss since this is what historically has provided our area with its late summer and fall irrigation water.

By the end of the century snowpack may decrease to 10 percent of its historic depth, even more severely compromising the ability of local farmers and foresters to continue business as usual.

Combining this snowpack and irrigation-water loss with both the projected increasing temperature (up to 10 degrees annually) and maybe 12 degrees during the summer, and the reduced summer precipitation, suggests devastating problems for agriculture and forestry.

A short memory of recent local events and the trend toward greater drought and wildfire severity and frequency combine to warn all Southern Oregon residents about the threat climate change poses to us and future generations of Southern Oregonians.

Ettling is also right in arguing we should require those who use fossil fuels to pay for their use of our atmosphere as a dumping ground for carbon pollution. — Alan Journet, Jacksonville, co-facilitator, Southern Oregon Climate Action Now

In the Sept. 13 article by Damian Mann reporting Col. Dotterrer's announcement of candidacy for state Senate, Dr. Bates is quoted as saying, "I get really disappointed when they say we don't listen to Republicans "¦ We really do work across the aisle with our Republican colleagues."

He then cited a proposal in which he said Democrats offered Republicans a tax break for small business in exchange for eliminating an income-tax deduction for high-income taxpayers. The ever slick Dr. Bates is counting on people's ignorance to pass off a falsehood. It was not the Democrats but the Republicans who made the proposal, then made a series of concessions to successive demands by the Democrats who gave up nothing in return.

This is not bipartisanship. It is the reason, as Col, Dotterrer says, why things are not working under Democratic control. — Don Paul, Ashland

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