I am concerned about funding for the Phoenix Police Department.

I am concerned about funding for the Phoenix Police Department.

Over the past year I have had the good fortune to get to know some of the officers and to see how the department works. I am impressed with this department. I have lived here a long time and have seen times when things were not running well.

I would like to see our department and officers supported in all ways possible so that they can do their incredibly important and dangerous jobs.

Taking away support staff so that the officers can do more clerical paperwork is an inefficient way to run any organization. I have seen this before and it just doesn't make sense.

I have seen very well-intentioned decisions made that in the long run cost more money. Who is going to spend time and effort to train a new clerk?

How much will it cost to recruit and train new officers when our experienced ones leave for better pay and better work conditions?

Let's find funds for the Phoenix Police Department and not ask them to take cuts.

Please come to a Phoenix City Council meeting and show your support for our officers. — Laurie Nielsen, Phoenix

Tim George said "the country had to give up certain liberties" after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and George said the "present situation of violence with assault-type weapons will require a similar response."

I guess George is wiser than Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers, who wrote, "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." — Ray Novosad, Eagle Point

In the Jan. 16 letters, Rob Palzer of Ashland took offense to an editorial cartoon in the Jan. 12 paper comparing "death by gun violence" and "lives tossed by Planned Parenthood" (quotes his).

Good thing the cartoonist used the euphemism of "lives tossed" rather than "human babies killed," or Mr. Palzer would have really been up in arms!

His last lines show his confusion. He says that "people voluntarily opt to use Planned Parenthood. Victims of gun violence have no such choice."

Yes, it is legal to opt for abortion — but it's the unborn who are having these decision made about them who have no choice. That was the point of the cartoon that Mr. Palzer missed. — Karen E. Gordon, Central Point

This is in response to letters to the editor Jan. 17 by Mr. Rasmussen and Mr. Atwood.

To those people with an open mind and a little "grit," may I suggest a watching of the film "Innocents Betrayed?" The film is easily found on the Internet and is less than an hour. It is a short lesson on gun control and is a factual account of gun control on a worldwide scale.

People with a closed mind can save an hour and stay ignorant of historical facts. — Bob Baker, Medford