Letters, June 6 – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News
Jackson Country Resolution
Jackson County Commissioners passed a resolution opposing the “mandate” for mask wearing, social distancing, lockdown and other measures created to protect county residents. Here we go with the lack of compassion, empathy, and understanding that getting COVID-19 is much worse than having to wear a mask, social distancing, and avoiding large gatherings.
Their resolution states:
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Let us not realize that more than 550,000 people have died from this disease in less than 18 months. Let’s ignore the fact that 11,823 Jackson County citizens have fallen ill with COVID-19 and 145 have died. That’s out of a population of 223,240. Yes, 145 is not a large number, but tell the families of the 145 people.
What are the commissioners doing to facilitate vaccinations? Are they mounting a campaign together?
No, they pass resolutions against warrants! And by the way, in their resolution they have a note that says:
Due to the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the need to promote physical distancing, the Jackson County Council of Commissioners is holding meetings by electronic and telephone means.
Sitting on their hands
With another severe drought upon us, it would be time for the Town of Medford to remove the abandoned sewer pipe blocking the passage of fish on Bear Creek at the Fourth Street Bridge. And while they’re at it, remove the concrete confabulation that’s blocking the flow of water at the Jackson Street Bridge.
Medford’s past and present rulers have stood and continue to stand idly by when it comes to the continued damage to the waters and fish of Bear Creek. Although you’ll see the hands of city rulers appear more willingly when it comes time to grab those golden shovels at the start of the $ 60 million plus aquatic facility to deliver thousands of gallons of chlorinated water to tourists from Medford. The lifeblood of our city is water and not the flow of money into their coffers.
Some might say that this is a comparison between apples and oranges, although a full cornucopia contains many fruits and vegetables. Adding a raspberry: An article by Damian Mann of the Mail Tribune omitted the $ 750,000 “incentive grant” offered to Lithia in addition to the “direct trading” of properties with Lithia Motors and the City of Medford.
Bias of George Mason University
Readers should be aware that the policy research emanating from the economics and legal departments and institutes of George Mason University (Tracy C. Miller, opinion piece “(T) ax hikes futile” June 1) is heavily influenced and funded by the Kochs and other oligarchs whose three-legged project consists of zero or low tax, little or no regulation of business, and the creation of a constitutional regime that mirrors Pinochet’s Chilean governance.
The Kochs have promoted and funded this kind of think tank “scholarship” for over 30 years, hiding behind neutral or misleading names (eg, “Center for the Study of Neoliberalism”, a name I just invented as an example). George Mason is the main academic petri dish to launch and promote their ideals, which equates to unfettered freedom for them and serfdom for the rest of us.
For more information, see “Democracy in Chains” by Nancy MacLean.