New leader needed

I was one of the hopeful organizers of what ended up being a rogue March For Science last Earth Day. I've retired. Headquarters MFS lives on and is very strong.

I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in June of 2016. In September of 2016, the World Parkinson's Congress, which takes place every three years as an international event, was held in Portland. I was able to attend; it was a deeply informative experience, and instilled some despair and some hope.

At this point, science and faith are the only things that will ease my life. However, I am not a public organizer, and I am an extroverted introvert. I do not like crowds and I do not like public attention. But I love humanity and I love birds; I have a granddaughter whom I hope to see grow up in the natural world.

Southern Oregon MFS deserves and needs someone to take over the reins. I want to march, and support the effort. I just don't want to guide it.

Do you know anyone who will take over the organization of Southern Oregon MFS?

Laura Davis

Ashland

Please don't sign it

The “Stop Healthcare Taxes” petition, also known as Referendum 301, is a Trojan horse.

It looks like it would just repeal a small increase in taxes on hospitals and health insurance companies. But, if it gets enough signatures to qualify for a special election, it will terminate Medicaid coverage for 350,000 Oregonians, and increase premiums for another 220,000 Oregonians who privately purchase their own health insurance. If Referendum 301 were to succeed in stopping the new taxes, it would do horrendous damage to the entire state budget.

The details: Three Republican legislators are trying to derail a new law they couldn’t stop in the legislature. They are misleading the public by calling the newly passed Health Care Provider Tax (HB 2391) a “sales tax on your health care premiums.” The tax is designed to raise $660 million by increasing the tax on hospitals (by 0.7 percent) and health insurance companies (by 1.5 percent) to be used to match an additional $1.9 billion in federal Medicaid funds.

When a paid signature gatherer innocently asks you to sign the “Stop Healthcare Taxes” petition (Referendum 301), please don't sign it! And, ask your friends and family to do the same.

David Lane

Ashland