If something is broken, fix it. If something is working well, keep it.

If something creates a web of connection among members of the community at large that's composed of down-to-earth, proven, and practical knowledge that impacts everyone in the web, as well as connecting the present to both the past and the future, please keep it.

The Extension Service programs, which promote gardening, home arts, and small-scale farming as well as an otherwise often elusive basis for a local community that sustains them, are not dispensable to the many who have been formed by them, nor should they be denied to future generations. So please support Ballot Measure 15-121. Protect a legacy that has worked for 100 years. — Charlene Rollins, Talent

Among the projections climate science indicates for Southern Oregon are: reduced snowpack, extended and more frequent droughts and wildfires, increasing frequency of severe weather, and increasing frequency of heavy rainfall, with soil erosion and floods replacing gentle soil-moistening rain.

Yet reports of these events fail to mention the probable cause: carbon pollution from human activity.

It would be a greater service to the population of Southern Oregon and the planet if those reporting these weather events in our print and broadcast media were to help local residents connect the dots.

This is a plea to weather reporters to serve non-partisan science and the public, rather than corporate America and extremist politicians who have turned non-partisan science into a political football. If we cannot trust you to report causation fully and accurately, who can we trust? — Ken Deveney, Ashland

Of course, libraries are good. But 15 for 200,000 people? That's crazy!

The lovely lady from Ruch wants me to add $150 to our yearly $3,600 property tax bill. For what? So she can have more hours at her library and save $480.

I'll bet people come from all over this county to shop in the Medford area several times a month. That would be a good time to visit one of our local libraries.

Retirees like us are normally on a fixed income. And because of the no sales tax law, our property taxes bear the brunt of many government services. Soon we will be paying for our new fire and police stations. I would think that other retirees in our area would agree that we can't keep spending on services that aren't critical. — Matt Belzano, Medford

I don't know what age group L.F. Moore (March 16) is, but his attitude isn't anywhere near that of his peers. Libraries are for any and all ages. It's part of what makes a city/town attractive and vibrant.

It's not the library's fault they aren't open full-time. Their funds were taken and consolidated into the country general funds and used indiscriminately, leaving them with nothing.

I'm certain there are things he expects and likes that the city/county provides that are of no use to the rest of us. But libraries are vital to the encouragement of reading by small children and continue onward through middle age and elderly. The extra money isn't "for nothing." Think of it as aid to deterring young people from roaming the streets and giving the elderly a place to go keep their minds active, vibrant and communicate with others of all ages. — P. Moran, Medford

Everyone in our area should know how fortunate we are to have advanced technology veterinary radiologic service in our area for our animal loved ones in appropriate need.

Three months ago, our wonderful 11-year-old Lab was thought to have injured her back, but we were not satisfied with the diagnosis and confused about how best to treat her. Within a mere eight hours of deciding to get an MRI scan, the study was done after regular patient hours at Ashland Community Hospital. It showed an unresectable tumor in her lower spine, an answer that allowed her treatment to be well managed and gave her three more months of high-quality life that was an immeasurable gift to my wife and me.

The scan was supervised by Dr. Jaime Sage, a board certified veterinary radiologist working out of Jacksonville. The entire procedure and follow-through was managed with such sensitivity, expertise and professionalism as one is lucky to find in advanced medical centers for humans. I say that as a retired academic physician. — Ted Gibbs, Ashland

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