In the past several weeks, the MT has published many letters critical of Sheriff Winters' comments that he intends to uphold the Second Amendment and that he may not enforce any new legislation that violates gun owners' rights.

In the past several weeks, the MT has published many letters critical of Sheriff Winters' comments that he intends to uphold the Second Amendment and that he may not enforce any new legislation that violates gun owners' rights.

Now, we have ultra-liberal Representative Buckley planning state legislation to reward illegal aliens (and the correct term is "illegal," not "undocumented") with driver's licenses and in-state tuition benefits. Illegally entering this country is a clear violation of federal law, yet Buckley and his progressive ilk have no problem in rewarding lawbreakers in exchange for votes.

Once again, another glaring example of the liberal double standard brought to you by "the people who know what's best for you," the Democratic Party. I wonder if those who criticize Sheriff Winters will be equally outraged at Buckley's misguided legislation. — Ted Krempa, Medford

The current gun control discussions have no one talking about the millions of "illegal" weapons already on the streets. What do "they" plan to do about that?

It's fine to want to ban assault weapons and multi-clip ammunition, but what about what's on the street? People will get whatever weapon whenever they want regardless of any "government ban." All the mighty "commissions" won't change that. Biden and Obama can travel the country spouting their rhetoric; the populace will cheer. But that won't remove the killers from the street. How many weapons are under lock and key? Facts show of the past killing sprees you will find that the guns were "in the house" and easily available to anyone.

There's been no mention of the violent video games and movies released daily. Hypocrisy among the film community is ludicrous. They stand and make commercials against guns when their entire livelihood depends on those very things.

I'm not a gun advocate, in fact don't even like guns, but I'm a realist. The sheriff has stated he will enforce the laws of the Constitution and federally enacted laws — not some presidential proclamation. A proclamation is not a law. It's merely a statement. — P. Moran, Medford

According to Mark Freeman's article, cockfighting is a felony under Oregon law. But as long as you don't run from the police when you get caught committing this heinous crime, admit to and don't try to justify your participation in this despicable offense, and don't ask for a jury trial, Assistant District Attorney David Hoppe says your felony can be considered a misdemeanor, and you can get off with no punishment at all.

Thirty years ago I called the sheriff's office to report a cockfighting and dogfighting operation. I gave them the address of the property and told them what I had seen there, which included an arena which was used for the fights. I was told that it was not illegal to raise fighting cocks or fighting dogs; it was only against the law to fight them. I was also told that it was a waste of time and resources to pursue these operations as it was almost impossible to catch these individuals during the actual fights.

Evidently the mentality of law enforcement in this valley toward these reprehensible acts of animal abuse hasn't changed much in the past 30 years. — Marti Hawes, Eagle Point

I asked Congressman Walden at the recent town hall if he'd co-sponsor HR 129, Rep. Marcy Kaptur's bill to restore Glass-Steagall banking standards.

Glass-Steagall was enacted in 1933, and was in force until repealed in 1999. Under Glass-Steagall standards, all banking institutions are forced to choose between commercial or investment banking. Productive functions of banks are federally protected and insured, while other worthless speculative activities are left out to dry.

By restoring Glass-Steagall we declare: the United States government has no obligation to bail out bankers' gambling debts.

Congressman Walden voted to repeal Glass-Steagall in 1999, and then voted for the TARP bailout in 2008. As a result, since 1999 banks have been allowed to use commercial deposits and assets as fuel for securities trading on the derivatives market. It was the derivatives bubble that blew up the system and bankrupted the U.S. banks in the 2007-2008 crash.

Glass-Steagall forces separation of commercial banking from investment banking, it ends the absurd "too-big-to-fail" commitment, stops unlimited government bailouts of toxic and worthless debts and it will stop the onset of hyperinflation.

Learn more at — John Mitchell, Medford

Cheers to board members Marlene Yesquen and Paulie Brading for their vote concerning a 4.5 percent pay raise received by Medford school administrators and confidential staff with a one-time 2 percent stipend this year. Though there is supposed to be savings in health benefits over the long term, immediate savings are $150,000 versus a $350,000 wage increase for employees though the district refused to cut $300,000!

Therefore, jeers are appropriate for board member Ron Anderson, who said, "The staff did not get an increase, when considering what they sacrificed ... this (would) set an example." That is foolishness, condescending and utopian thinking when Jackson County has more than 10 percent unemployment, many poverty stricken, senior citizens and those on fixed incomes always are called upon to pay the freight, as sacrifice also exists in the private sector.

The schools, however, are not alone in this silly musing as the county and city are raising salaries with similar superciliousness. Yesquen's statement clarifies what the board's 5-2 vote meant, saying, "I take seriously the fact that I have been entrusted with the public's tax dollars. I have talked with our CFO, and this is an increase in salary."

We need to watch the locos from the locals. — Joel Marks, Medford