The lovely lights and beautiful weather at the Jacksonville Christmas parade were upstaged by the inane organization of the event.

The lovely lights and beautiful weather at the Jacksonville Christmas parade were upstaged by the inane organization of the event.

The parade participants were a delight, but many were often as much as two blocks apart, making it very unorganized and slow. Many viewers left early.

Whoever was in charge took an inordinate amount of time to allow each parade participant to enter, which created a somber mood of the viewers. — Audrey Green, Central Point

Clarification needs to be made in addressing our current "Fiscal Cliff" situation. One key issue involves, first of all, taxable income, and, second of all, raising taxes on taxable income over $250,000.

Obama wants to promote economic growth and to protect middle-class families by extending tax cuts for taxpayers whose taxable income is under $250,000 and by allowing tax cuts for taxable income over $250,000 to expire.

Wealthy people's taxable income up to $250,000 would be taxed at the same rate paid by the taxpayers in the category "up to $250,000 taxable income" and pay higher taxes only on their taxable income that exceeds $250,000.

How many small business owners have taxable over $250,000? I would guess very few. To get the public's attention focused on this distinction, not on "taxing the rich" would, I think, be helpful in bringing consensus to this issue. — Terrell DeVelbiss, Medford

Things need to change, people! No more Oregon Trail cards; no cash for Ding Dongs or Ho Hos, just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak and frozen pizza, then get a job.

Government housing, you will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your home will be subject to inspections any time. If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place.

It wasn't that long ago that taking someone else's money and doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and shameful. — Cameron Noble, Medford

The elections are over and the country is back to normal. But has anything really changed? Hope and change. Sounds good, but unless our country is led by and its people follow the spirit of its creator, nothing good can come from or truly be changed by the plottings of mankind.

And where is the hope? "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and every good thing will follow." Have we really given this approach a try? The evidence shows that with all of the bitterness and division seen in our recent political campaigns and with morality steadily declining as seen in our morning headlines, we haven't given it a real try. Look into ourselves too and answer, "could I be a more faithful and godly person?"

Now consider history. As in the days of the decadent city of Nineveh, our USA needs to reform too. Nineveh did repent, and God relented in his punishment of that city. "The Lord is good and kind, slow to anger and rich in mercy."

There is the hope that we're looking for. So dear friends, have hope and return to the ways of our maker and redeemer for his return is within our lifetime as seen by the signs of our times. — John Mark Matson, Medford