To raise the speed limit on Applegate Lake would be nothing short of a tragedy. This is one of the few places in our region where you can enjoy the beauty, solitude and great fishing of a fine lake without having to put up with the noise (both from engines and usually huge stereos), wakes and pollution that come from power boats and personal watercraft.
Kathy Reich's assertions that, "We literally have to go to California for skiing," "It's useless as it is now," "It's almost a sin," are completely and utterly absurd. Lost Creek, Emigrant and Galesville provide ample opportunity for this type of "recreation." What would truly be a "sin" would be to raise the speed limit on Applegate Lake. — Jim Barfield, Grants Pass
The Medford School Board, administration and district negotiating team have not shown good faith.
The fact that they have hired the same team as Eagle Point did to advise them shows they never were intent on coming to an agreement. It is not a 10 percent raise if it comes out as a net loss. When the administration gave themselves a raise, was it too a loss?
Stop a teacher, ask them what their income situation is this year and what it will be over the next year or two with their offer. And in response to Mr. Brooks' letter, I wonder what message administrators are sending the students when they say the teachers we hired are not worth a raise or worth keeping. Phil Long has nothing to lose; this is his last year and his legacy. Sally Killen (board member) fought to keep early retirement benefits when she was a teacher and collected them, and now is fighting against them? Two-faced, if you ask me. If Jeff Thomas has higher goals, this is a big negative toward his next step. Shame on all of them! The teachers are not the enemy! — Penny Fitzsimmons, Medford
In his Nov. 15 letter, Porter Lombard asks why Jackson County farmers should be denied the use of GMOs under ballot measure 15-119. The answer is that the Rogue Valley is long and narrow, with absolutely no room for adequate buffer zones to protect non-GMO crops. It's already been established that "coexistence" is not possible here.
Since it's not possible for the biotech industry to manufacture noncontaminating GMO seed, the use of these crops is placing the entire Jackson County organic and non-GMO conventional agricultural industry at risk. These are high-quality, specialized farming operations that have been established over the course of several decades. They generate millions of dollars of revenue, support a burgeoning restaurant/resort industry and are attracting the attention of the high-quality food processing industry.
As to Mr. Lombard's blanket statement that GMO is "safe to eat," the USA is the only developed nation that exhibits any widespread belief in that theory. Monsanto has conducted the majority of American safety studies for three-month periods. These are far too brief and obviously should be called into question as to bias and accuracy. Most of the world is taking a more cautious, responsible approach. — Andrew Kubik, Ashland
In response to the letter concerning GMOs, 2,4-D and grapevines, the connection is this: In some areas where Roundup-ready corn and soybeans are grown, weeds are now showing resistance to Roundup. In response, biotech companies are developing new GMO crops that can be sprayed with 2,4-D to kill the weeds. This is the reason that use of GMO crops could result in 2,4-D being sprayed in the vicinity of Rogue Valley grapevines in the future. — Katy Mallams, Central Point
I want to thank everyone who came to my aid when I fell at the tax payment window at the courthouse on Oct. 28. You all came running and helped me until the ambulance came.
I did crack my hip in two places and spent a few days in the hospital. I'm on the mend, but it will take a while.
I don't know who you were, but please accept my thanks. — Pat Stevens, Talent