Bring back Writer's Almanac

I suggest that Jefferson Public Radio step up and offer to host, produce, and distribute Garrison Keillor's "Writer's Almanac." The program was abruptly canceled by Minnesota Public Radio on Nov. 29.

Herb Childs

Medford

Support Oregon's culture

Do you support arts, humanities or heritage organizations? Do you pay income taxes in Oregon? If the answer to both of those questions is yes, are you aware of the Oregon Cultural Trust?

The trust is a unique opportunity for Oregon taxpayers and cultural nonprofits. It’s pretty simple really. If you donate to any of the 1,400-plus cultural organizations in Oregon and then make a matching donation to the trust, the trust donation, dollar-for-dollar, reduces the amount you owe in income tax. It’s a credit, not a deduction, so it means you give one dollar less to the state for every dollar you donate, up to $500 per person, $1,000 for joint filers, and $2,500 for corporations!

The Legislature created this program 15 years ago, the only credit of this type in the nation. Last year the trust raised over $4.5 million and awarded nearly $3 million to organizations statewide, including $106,374 in Jackson and Josephine counties to groups including the Jackson County Library Foundation, Rogue World Music, Southern Oregon University, the Southern Oregon Film Society and the Talent Historical Society, as well as the Jackson and Josephine County cultural coalitions. The rest of the funds are secured in a permanent endowment to support culture in Oregon in the future.

Please help the Oregon Cultural Trust “Double the Love” by taking advantage of the cultural tax credit in 2017. Oregon will be deeply grateful for your support, and so will our local arts, humanities and heritage organizations.

George Kramer

Ashland