LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Regulate movies, not guns

In old time movies it was cool for actors to smoke cigarettes, cigars or even a pipe. It was super cool for the hero to light a cigarette and give it to the heroine. Then we figured out that smoking was bad for your health. Smoking also stunk up the house, caused the dog to bark at the moon and the cat occasionally missed the litter box.

So Hollywood eventually knocked off the smoking gig. Congress didn't even need to restrict cigarettes to five and a half smokes per pack or require six-inch filter tips.

Over the years smoking became uncool. Besides, smoking wasn't making Hollywood any money. So Hollywood moved on to guns, violence and sex and made millions. TV came along and followed the movie gang, then the video game folks did the same and struck gold.

We don't need more gun laws; we need an all-out national effort to make guns, violence and sex in the movies, TV and video games uncool. Even the news media could help.

It probably will never happen.

Maybe Obama could talk to his Hollywood buddies and ask them to cut down on guns, violence and sex. — C.A. Beck, Medford


Faulty math

I fear William Walker's teachers would be left aghast by his faulty math. Based on the figures he cited, it would cost $130 million to put a police officer in every Oregon school, not $1.3 billion. At $134 per family in annual taxes, that sounds like a reasonable price to pay for safer schools. Forty-nine billion dollars to put 10 police officers in every school in America (not half a trillion) doesn't sound so bad, either.

On the other hand, Mr. Walker's difficulty with decimal placement suggests a portion of that money would be well spent improving arithmetic proficiency in our public schools. — William Rector, Medford


Missing the point

After this horrendous tragedy in the Northeast, people are wondering "Who's to blame?"

It has nothing to do with gun control or more religion in schools. It appears to me, people totally miss the point. I don't mean to rain on your parade, but tell me this: a 20-year-old was never seen by teachers, classmates, parents, siblings or anybody else as having oddball behavior over a 20-year time period?

It's called "awareness of behavior change." Everybody likes to blame mental health, but nobody wants to learn about it! Nobody ever takes any responsibility before a disaster strikes. It's always when they are in the middle of one! Point the finger at all of us. If the general public were more aware of behavior, tragedies would be less frequent. The onset of such behavior can be addressed and professional intervention can proceed.

Hello folks, it's called awareness of behavior. Let's not point the finger outside of ourselves. — Jeff Kassman, Ashland


DISH vs. Fox an easy fix

Most people in the Rogue Valley should be able to receive KMVU, which is located on Mount Baldy. Buy a set of good rabbit ears at your local electronics store and connect them to your TV. Change your input, using your remote, to TV and scan for HDTV channels. If you're not in range of Mount Baldy, purchase an inexpensive outdoor TV antenna for more gain.

These two antennas should get you all the local TV channels. KMVU also uses translators in outlying areas, so check these channels for a translator: Grants Pass, channel 44; Brookings, channel 31; Yreka, channel 41; and Klamath Falls, channel 44.

Go Hawks! — R. Miltier, Phoenix


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