Extinction, not evolution

As a result of the Jan. 21 MT article extolling the website promoting evolution for teachers and kids, the March 21 response by Raymond Steinbroner displays a lack of knowledge regarding transitional forms in the fossil record when he states that "currently many transitional forms abound."

Although this fallacious argument is commonly used by evolutionists, it is not surprising that Mr. Steinbroner gives no examples but launches into a diatribe of biblical prophecies. This is not unexpected as a lack of transitional forms in the fossil record has been echoed by multiple renowned evolutionary scientists such as British zoologist Mark Ridley: "No real evolutionist uses the fossil record as evidence in favor of the theory as opposed to special creation," and the late Stephen J. Gould from Harvard: "The absence of fossil evidence for intermediary stages between major transitions has been a persistent and nagging problem for gradualist accounts of evolution, and is the trade secret of paleontology." Perhaps Mr. Steinbroner should have consulted with the opinions of Mr. Gould and Ridley before making false assertions. — John Mittendorf, Medford

Don't waste money

Now that we've learned from Medford police Chief Tim George that the photo cameras and the speed check photo van "cost more to run than the income they produce" — why does the city continue to waste our money on them?

Just put up signs around town telling what fine you may receive if caught speeding on a certain road or intersection. This would do the trick for a one-time cost.

The cops want to build an $18 million Taj Mahal for themselves, but I say move into the abandoned federal building; I'm sure it needs some work, but it's a fraction of the cost.

Next, when the cops get their fleet of new patrol cars, park the old ones in front of every school as a deterrent effect, much like the camera van. Just have the janitor move it inside on the weekends.

Lastly, the Second Amendment is a God-given right so American citizens can protect themselves and their families from the bad guys and a tyrannical government. We have plenty of both. If you oppose it, try putting one of those "Gun Free Zone" signs up in front of your house and see how that works out for ya. — Steven Bunch, Medford

What happened to collaboration?

My family and I moved to this beautiful state because of its natural beauty and recreational activities nearby. Crater Lake was set aside as a national park so that it could be enjoyed by our family and our children's families for generations to come. These precious places should be off-limits to logging.

Are we really still reading about Forest Service proposals to log old-growth trees and build roads into wild forests near Crater Lake National Park in the Bybee timber sale? This is so 1980s.

What happened to the collaborative forest health small-diameter thinning that had been getting logs to the local mills? When there is so much thinning that could and should be done around homes and communities, I do not understand why the Forest Service wants to push old-growth logging in the backcountry. — Danielle Schreck, Williams

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