When the "darling" of the GOP, Ronald Reagan, supported an assault weapons ban, that was good enough for me. — Mary Lewis, Eagle Point

When the "darling" of the GOP, Ronald Reagan, supported an assault weapons ban, that was good enough for me. — Mary Lewis, Eagle Point

I was surprised when I heard that Sheriff Winters said he would defy any new federal laws restricting guns. I was under the impression that our elected officials swore an oath of office to enforce all the laws of the land.

Was Sheriff Winters crossing his fingers behind his back when he took his oath? I look forward to perhaps seeing him being arrested by federal marshals when he attempts to defy federal laws. — Glenn Hill, Phoenix

I am a combat infantry veteran of World War II and am keenly aware of what guns are intended for and the devastation they can do. When I returned home in 1946 I got rid of all my guns and have none in my home.

I believe we need effective gun control and can imagine none better than requiring all guns to be registered, owners to show evidence of training and insurance for any damage the gun is responsible for. Exactly that is required of automobile owners. — Paul J. Brown, Central Point

I'm attempting to reconnect with students I had in Clarksville, Tenn., in the 1960s. There were five Barnes siblings whose parents were killed in a auto accident. These children were living in Eagle Point in the late 1960s. I would be delighted to receive any current information on these people. I can be contacted on Facebook or contacted in Clarksville. Thanks so much for any assistance! — Barbara Wilbur, Clarksville, Tenn.

It's hard to believe that a tough guy like Lance Armstrong knuckled under and did a mea culpa to those coke-snorting, pot-smoking, Oxycontin-popping, beer-and-wine-guzzling yuppie sports writers and their scofulous drug-enforcement cronies.

Like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens et al., Lance did things the American way: He outcheated the cheaters. He's far less disingenuous than, say, Nike Inc., which dropped him, saying: "Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs in any manner."

But apparently it condonesa dog-fighting, 'cause it continues to support that murderous sicko Michael Vick.

Buy New Balance instead. At least they're made in the USA. — Doyle Hirsch, Ashland

Does your representative "represent" you in Congress, or does your representative represent the leadership of his party? — Ed Scanlin, Medford

I am a liberal and I was horrified to myself saying out loud "that person doesn't deserve food stamps." Yet, it was true.

This SOU student from Hawaii, who flies back and forth every holiday, has a season pass to Mt. Ashland and all new gear, and was also going to buy an expensive ticket for a microbrew tour this week as well.

This student was applying for food stamps the same day he was buying a microbrew tour ticket. There is no doubt he will get them, but he doesn't deserve them. We need to have a better system, because with further investigation, I found many young, capable, partying, active SOU students on food stamps.

We have people in our state who really need the food stamps; not so they can ensure they have enough beer money and snowboard gear, but to feed their children. — Margaret Mason, Talent