Thanks for new building

I would like to thank Lithia Motors and the architects for the beautiful building in downtown Medford. — Karin Watson, Medford

The hunt for good management

For deer season this year I returned to one of my favorite hunting areas, on BLM land near the Greensprings that is now part of the Sampson Cove timber sale. While the area would benefit from some thinning, the BLM has provided no upper diameter limit and has proposed road construction through the area.

This area, managed for elk habitat and deer winter range, is great for hunting because it doesn't have roads and has mature forests.

Unfortunately, the BLM still places timber before all other values. Hunters, Pacific Crest Trail hikers and neighbors can drop their comments during the comment period, at which time they will be promptly ignored.

While BLM mismanagement and public frustration is a tired old song, I still must ask the question. Why can't the BLM follow the path of the Forest Service and try to move projects that are palatable to the public rather than pushing its short-sighted, timber-only agenda that Sampson Cove timber sale represents? — Derek Volkart, Talent

Republican Party rebound?

Can the Republican Party rebound? Those who made under $30,000 and voted for Romney were smart enough to be voting for a free market and jobs. These voters want to work. They have my respect.

Those who made under $30,000 and voted for Obama outvoted the above group by 6.5 million. They were not smart enough to vote for a free market and jobs. The Republicans do not have the means to educate this group.

Can the Republican Party rebound? They would have to defeat the press, which isn't very likely. When candidate Romney told the truth about Libya, the Mail Tribune gave him a jeer.

When the four caskets came home and the vetted liar Hillary Clinton told a false story to those in mourning, no jeers from the Mail Tribune, just silence about Libya. The national press didn't seek facts about Libya until after the election.

Can the Republican Party rebound without changing its core belief that people are happier participating in a free market with some regulation? If not, then my great-grandchildren will be studying about the decline of the American civilization.

In 1959, I studied "The Rise of the American Civilization" by Beard. — Bill Hartley, Medford

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