Columnist Kathryn Lopez (June 6) believes that children of openly gay couples should be denied entrance to Catholic schools. She writes that gay couples attending a Christmas program would make straight couples uncomfortable and would negate the church's teaching.

Columnist Kathryn Lopez (June 6) believes that children of openly gay couples should be denied entrance to Catholic schools. She writes that gay couples attending a Christmas program would make straight couples uncomfortable and would negate the church's teaching.

I disagree and I have a free-market solution to the problem: Rescind the school's tax-free designation. Then taxpayers like me, who believe penalizing a child to punish a parent is repugnant, won't be subsidizing this behavior. — Damon Neal, Ashland

It was disheartening to read the quote on the front page of the paper May 29 (Chris Barnum's statement on losing his home to fire).

Yes, Mr. Barnum was understandably devastated by his loss, but the editors at the Tribune are mistaken if they think that putting his remark in quotes lessons the offense of the language. It was a reflection of poor taste on the editor's part and a journalistic blemish on the Mail Tribune. — Martha Ward, Medford

Twenty-one sad, long, difficult months since the murder of David Lewis. Sheriff Winters has refused to meet with, speak with or show public-official consideration for the Lewis or Carney families. Winters is Dave's close neighbor and acquaintance-friend; he should have recused himself. It is wrong and unseemly.

The community has killers walking free. Dave was set on fire, his entire home and contents burned to the ground. Another nearby cabin arsoned too, what crimes occurred there?

Troy Carney was found murdered on the Greenway that same terrible, fateful day. A year later, public information that an undisclosed link exists between the two homicides.

Time and people move on, memories fade, interest wanes. Two healthy men in the prime of their lives, murdered in cold blood. David and Troy gone forever.

We have always been thankful to law enforcement, we believe they will make arrests; Dave and Troy deserve nothing less.

We did not want to consider the possibility of a scandal. Regardless of who has committed these murders, friend or foe, they need to be brought to justice, now. We cry out for justice, because the victims cannot. Twenty-one months is too long. — Linda Lewis, Ashland

I felt sick when I read about the proposed mining on the Chetco River. Our family has been visiting those blue-green waters almost every year since we moved to Southern Oregon a decade ago, and I don't think I have ever seen a more beautiful river. We have camped near there; the kids jumped off boulders into the river and discovered those fabulously orange rough-skinned newts.

The Chetco feels like an artery, a lifeline to the nearby town of Brookings, where we also vacation on the coast. Many of the friendly folks who live in that part of the state are dependent on the recreation and tourism dollars that this pristine river brings to the area.

It would be tragic if out-of-towners exploiting an outmoded law could come in and degrade this precious and lovely river. For those who may not understand the magnitude of what is at stake, I urge you to visit the Chetco. Sit by the river, hike in the forests surrounding it, swim among those crazily bright-colored newts. — Shelley Elkovich, Ashland