Letters, March 22 – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News

A simple legislative proposal

Don’t complicate it!

Almost everyone has expired or has excess over-the-counter or prescription medication that they no longer use or want. Such unintentional collections pose a risk and cost to the lands and people of Oregon.

Hundreds of children and adults are treated daily in Oregon for accidentally ingesting incorrect medications. This is largely preventable through proper disposal of expired or unwanted medications. But flushing or disposing in trash pickups negatively affects the land, animals, and people using Oregon’s rivers, waterways, and public water supplies.

I believe the problem could be eliminated or significantly reduced with convenient public access to appropriate drug disposal locations.

Question: Why can’t all Oregon locations that dispense prescription drugs also be a place for collection and proper disposal of unwanted medication? Free deposit for the Protect Oregon Lands and People program. Just like the Oregon bottle program but with no cash value.

Duane Bowman


The talent in the talent

Is there enough “talent” in the dichotomy of singular notions of Talent Urban Renewal to make the success of the Talent Urban Renewal District? Having lived in the Medford Urban Renewal District for 33 years, I must warn those who hear half-truths and empty promises (no rose gardens here) by elected officials and selectees who provide lip service to citizens , while enriching millions/billions of dollars. corporations, a downtown cadre of landowners and those who regularly feed on the trough full of taxpayers’ money to beware of sharks. To those on either side or in the middle of the issue, do your homework and take an objective look (beyond the spin) at the successes and failures of urban renewal districts (as the two have happened) locally and elsewhere in order to make sound decisions.

Having already lived and loved Talent over two separate decades, you all have a piece of my heart. RIP Chuck and Tig.

bob shand


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