Don't release ballot information early

Don't release ballot information early

In Oregon, the actual percentage of ballots returned by each party is reported daily before election day, even though all states refrain from releasing election results until the polls close. The bar codes on our signed envelopes let the clerks office know our party affiliation.

I would like our lawmakers to write legislation that prohibits releasing this information before the polls close. If such legislation is not passed before our next election, I will be waiting until election day to return my ballot.

Sharon Keppler

Eagle Point

Don't forget to thank your pets next week

It's time to celebrate Thanksgiving. Don't forget to give thanks to your pets for their unconditional love and companionship.

Provide shelter from the winter weather, and fresh unfrozen water. And please spay and neuter you pets.

Wishing us all peace on earth and a Happy Holidays!

Leslee Freeman, For Pet's & People's Sake

Ashland

Health Center deserves support

Community. What does that mean to you?

We were recently invited to attend a benefit lunch sponsored by Community Health Center.

The program featured a noted speaker and short film.

While we are familiar with the center, new information did raise our eyebrows.

If you're underemployed, out of work, uninsured, or have high deductibles, where do you go for medical help?

Community Health Centers in Ashland, Medford and White City exist to help these people with affordable, quality medical care. And no one is turned away due to an inability to pay. How good is that!

We learned that the center has partnerships with local hospitals and doctors that allow for diagnostic and specialty services. If a need for prescriptions arises, assistance is provided.

Peg Crowley, RN, executive director, whom we spoke to after the lunch, said that even with a dedicated staff and volunteer physicians, the grants they get aren't enough to keep up with the sharp increase of families in need of medical care.

When you reflect on the notion of "community" and what that truly means, you have to agree that this center is certainly worthy of our admiration and support. Obviously, we think so.

If "community" is a value of yours, consider a tax-deductible donation to this center. Send to: Community Health Center, 19 Myrtle St., Medford, OR 97504.

Ann and Phil Gagnon

Ashland