In response to Danny Moffat's letter about John Darling's article about ASCAP and BMI fees for night clubs: I agree it would be good to have the views of more clubs and restaurants that are subject to fees. A couple of them pay fees of as much as $25 per day.

In response to Danny Moffat's letter about John Darling's article about ASCAP and BMI fees for night clubs: I agree it would be good to have the views of more clubs and restaurants that are subject to fees. A couple of them pay fees of as much as $25 per day.

It is hard to be in business these days, and every dollar counts. But I doubt highly that the fees (which average somewhere between $1 and $5 per day for most places to have music) are breaking anyone's back. Mr. Moffat's inexperience as a professional musician shows in his lack of knowledge of the benefits that nonprofit organizations such as ASCAP provide for professional musicians. — Greg Frederick, Frederick Productions, Medford

Despite Oregon's nationally known land-use program, we still have flaws in our system. One is that as soon as a community wastes its land with low-density development, it is able to gobble up more.

Thus, we need minimum density standards on a sliding scale according to population before cities can annex land. The minimum density would be 3,000 people per square mile for our smallest cities up to 6,000 people per square mile for Portland before a city could annex. This would not stop growth, but it would retard sprawl with no loss of construction jobs. Projects would simply be smaller and more creative.

It would be a property rights enhancement program within cities allowing for more mixed uses, 21/2;- and 3-story buildings, home occupations, accessory dwelling units and parking for normal need, not maximum possible need. Plus, we would conserve energy and other resources. — Brent Thompson, president, Friends of Jackson County

Just over a year ago, Sept, 3, 2008, Dave Lewis was heinously murdered, his body burned beyond recognition, and his home and all contents arsoned to the ground.

A second neighbor's cabin was set on fire and destroyed that September night as well. That family is devastated, too. The entire mountainside of Dead Indian could have burned in an enormous destructive forest fire; we are deeply thankful to the firefighters who fought the fire.

The Lewis family, neighbors and many friends mourn the loss of Dave Lewis. The case remains an open, unsolved homicide.

Dave was a gregarious, hardworking man, a loving and devoted father of three, with years of dedication in the community. His death was a tragedy, which should not become a short-term-memory loss. We believe the killers remain in Jackson County, and those killers are still free. We believe that more than one individual is involved in this murder. We do not believe anyone in the community is safe while vicious murderers roam freely. Ashland citizens and the Jackson County community are urged to take safety precautions, remind Sheriff Mike Winters that we want this sickening crime solved, and protect your families, property and self.

Dave Lewis' death and the arsons involved need to be solved. No one is safe while murderers walk free. — Linda Lewis, Ashland

So tell me, President Obama, did the four dead Lakewood police officers "act stupidly"? Huh? Mr. "I went to Harvard"?

Now do you see why our police officers cannot take a chance when irate citizens start going off on them? And one more bold question: Was this a hate crime?

Or are we just suppose to understand his rage? Maybe you can hold another beerfest when they catch this creep, but I expect your silence will be deafening. — Louise Tucker, Ashland

With all the fuss about the escalation of our military presence in Afghanistan and how to pay for it, maybe the federal government should levy a "war tax." Tax only those military contracting companies instead of all taxpayers. They appear to be the ones reaping huge profits from this or any other military conflict in which we are engaged. Sorry. Just thinking out loud. — Jerry R. Swanson, Grants Pass