The units at the Cherry Creek development in east Medford remind me of the row houses in Philadelphia. There will be accidents, as the stairs in these tall and narrow units will be difficult for disabled and older folks to negotiate. Hopefully, there is housing available elsewhere for these groups of people. It is surprising that affordable housing is not built to accommodate all of those in need. — Richard Moss, Medford

It's been interesting watching the internal dynamics of the GOP. Initially the oligarchs (Wall Street, executives of large corporations, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) thought that they could make use of the tea party to accomplish goals they jointly were in favor of: defunding the Affordable Care Act, loosening government regulation ("interference") in business affairs, reducing entitlements such as Medicare and Social Security, and so on.

However, when it became apparent that the members of the so-called "rabid right" were prepared to close the government, scuttle the U.S. economy and its future credit (borrowing authority), panic set in and the oligarchs realized they had bet on the wrong horse. Capitulation to moderation, reason, and the law turned out to be the only way in the end to protect their private empires — and capitulate these lions of capitalism did, to the disgust of tea-party ideologues.

Now the question is whether these odd bedfellows will ever trust each other again. — John Kloetzel, Ashland

Former president Ronald Reagan adopted a "no regrets" policy to support the 1987 Montreal Protocol, an international agreement developed to address the problem of dwindling ozone in the upper atmosphere. The protocol effectively regulated the cause of the problem: chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).

At the time, there were some who argued CFCs were not the problem, despite the scientific consensus.

Currently we face the same problem with climate change and its causes. There are a few individuals, largely those funded by fossil fuel corporations, aided by misinformed politicians and political commentators, and a certain media network, who claim there is no scientific consensus when there obviously is.

Reagan's secretary of state, George Schultz, is now making the case persuasively that a similar "no regrets" approach should be adopted to controlling the release of greenhouse gases — well understood to be causing climate change that could be as disastrous as the ozone depletion of yesteryear.

What Schultz recommends is a revenue-neutral shifting of taxes away from activities that promote the economy — thus encouraging them — and imposing the taxes on carbon in fossil fuels — thus discouraging this. — Ken Deveney, Ashland

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