Letters to the Editor

It has come to my attention that certain western state legislators are urging U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz to accelerate digging liquefied natural gas pipelines to deliver LNG to international markets, such as the one proposed to go through here to Jordan Cove on the Oregon Coast.

While that sounds like good business for Utah and Colorado, it is definitely not good for the American consumer or the Rogue Valley. Gas export will cost Americans more money for gas because exporting our natural gas will raise domestic gas prices, too, causing consumers at home to pay more to heat their homes and run their businesses and industries. Dow Chemical and steel manufacturer Nucor are warning that exports will raise their operating costs, as well. Gas export would benefit energy companies at everyone's expense.

No landowner or community should have to bear the seizure of private property for pipelines so that energy companies can make billions overseas while Americans pay higher gas bills. Why would we ruin our beautiful valley for this? — B.C. Yates, Talent

Spring 1960, Senator Kennedy spoke from his heart when stating his purpose for wanting to be president. He did not use a teleprompter!

Candidate Kennedy wanted our support. He did not direct one negative statement toward Vice President Nixon nor toward the Republican Party.

Southern Oregon College had three candidates running for student body president and each had a question for Senator Kennedy. He understood each concern and responded directly and firmly when answering two of the questions. JFK's response to the third concern gave me the impression he thought the spreading of communism in Southeast Asia was a real problem waiting for a real solution.

In less than an hour, candidate Kennedy had earned my trust. That day I saw and listened to a leader who would not lie to the American people. I did not hold his wealth nor his religion against him. I wanted John Fitzgerald Kennedy to be president.

On Nov. 22, 1963, at Phoenix High School, the PA system announced that President Kennedy had been killed. All were stunned except one ninth-grade girl who was in tears. I sat down. My nervous system was absorbing the news as a second announcement directed us to the gym. — Bill Hartley, Medford

We were newlyweds married May 2, 1953, ages 19 and 20. We were in the Navy at that time with not much money, so we couldn't afford a turkey, but we had a chicken in the freezer. But the chicken was in pieces. We both looked at each other and knew what we were going to do, laughing all the way.

Hot water defrosted that chicken and I went to get the needle and thread. You guessed it, we sewed that chicken back together piece by piece and stuffed it with who knows what. You should have seen that bird, all the time we were laughing and having so much fun. That was the best Thanksgiving we ever had. — Mary Prizzi, Medford

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