Do the math

The State of Oregon has a population of 3,871,859, according to the 2011 Census. Assuming four people per family, there are roughly 967,965 families residing in Oregon.

There are 1,304 Oregon public schools. Police officers make roughly $60,000, and when factoring fringe benefits and retirement benefits, police officers cost tax payers about $100,000 per year.

To place one hired police officer in each Oregon public school, the cost would be $1.3 billion per year. This equates to $1,347 additional tax dollars for every Oregon family.

The number of public schools in our nation is 49,000. If we were to hire 10 police officers per public school, as some national politicians suggest, the cost would be one-half trillion dollars per year.

Spent money we don't have as a state and nation?

Statistically our children are extremely safe in the nation's public schools. Electronic media bring negative happenstances into our living rooms nightly. As a society, we have no business allowing our precious grade school children the viewing or discussion of such news where they have neither control nor the ability to understand the statistical probability of such an occurrence ever happening to them. — William Walton, Central Point

Faith in youth restored

I recently misplaced my debit card, then went to the grocery with just my wallet. When I got ready to check out, I realized that my debit card was not in my wallet, so I asked the clerk to hold my groceries while I went home to get my checkbook.

The young girl behind me asked the clerk how much my groceries totaled, the clerk responded, the young girl handed her a bill and said to take it out of it. Needless to say I was touched, and after tears, hugs and "God bless you," I drove home saying to myself, "Have faith in our youth. There are still many good ones out there."

Thanks, young lady. You have restored my and many others' faith in the youth of today. — Marilyn Wirshup, Medford

Minds turned to jelly

This isn't about Republicans, this is about Republican leaders. At first I wondered what was driving them, and now I'm wondering who has the power to turn such thinking minds to jelly.

It seems that their plan is to go "think tank" and find other words to make their B.S. smell better the next time around. They obviously have to rely upon short memories and ignorance, but to me they are little more than schoolyard bullies trying to steal your lunch money.

In my little paranoid mind, I don't see this as a routine political game, I see it as a pre-arranged plan to overcome democracy. I hope I'm wrong! — F.C. Mequish, Medford

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