Given that hunters have done more for American wildlife conservation than any other group in history, I make no apology for being one.

Given that hunters have done more for American wildlife conservation than any other group in history, I make no apology for being one.

Indeed, I join the ranks of millions of American hunters who celebrate our outdoor heritage and who conserve millions of acres of wild lands. These same people support more than 600,000 jobs across the country and provide a critical voice to encourage more investment in American conservation. — Kristy Lee Cook, Eagle Point

Do you (the media as a whole) ever really address the classes of those who are favored by the law? Those in Congress, movie stars, athletes and various entertainers. Movie stars drive drunk and judges give them light sentences. Members of Congress are caught in flagrant abuses of the law and are never punished. An unbiased (another oxymoron) reporter could write banner headlines about this. — James A. Robinson, Grants Pass

Ashland and Medford have two unsolved murder cases nearly two years old. Cold cases? It is heartbreaking to us.

The killing of good men should be concerning to the communities, just as much as when a cougar is shot or an animal abused. the killers of Dave Lewis and Troy Dean Carney walk unarrested. They are sick arsonists. The link in the murders is not being disclosed. The men did not know one another.

Someone shot Troy in the head. Someone poured accelerants on Dave and lit him on fire. Someone burned down another cabin at the Keno Quarry-Lily Glenn, near Hyatt Lake, maybe for a cover-up reason or maybe just because they are sick souls. All contents and belongings in both homes were completely destroyed.

Lock your doors. Protect your kids. Thank law enforcement and encourage them to solve the cases. Elect a new sheriff, even if it is a write-in ballot. Demand Jackson County commissioners become involved in the oversight of Mike Winters. Please read Troy and Dave's websites. Evil thrives when good men do nothing. We seek justice, because they cannot. — Linda Lewis, Ashland

August is the hottest month of the year. We really need to stop and think about our pets' special needs during the summer.

The bed of your pickup is not a safe place for your dog to ride unless you have some material covering the truck bed. Without that, the pads of your dog's feet can be badly burned.

So, for the love of your dog, do the butt test before you load them up.

Also, please don't forget to provide fresh, clean water and a shady spot every day. Thanks for caring. — Leslee Freeman, Ashland, president, For Pets & People's Sake