Walden's right-wing buddies want you to believe Greg is a "flaming liberal." Wrong! They want you to believe what Walden says, not what Walden is.

Walden's right-wing buddies want you to believe Greg is a "flaming liberal." Wrong! They want you to believe what Walden says, not what Walden is.

Being a Republican "do nothing" is not very popular anymore. Walden is a right-wing ideologue. He has voted the Republican right-wing package right down the line. He has not been your representative. He has been the Republican leadership's representative.

Don't be fooled by what Walden's friends say he is. Remember what Walden has done to the United States of America, not what he or anyone else says he has done. Just remember this on election day! — Ed Scanlin, Medford

Why do so many people feel that budgets should be balanced on the backs of retirees? Seldom does one hear of reducing benefits to welfare or food stamp recipients, but PERS, Medicare or Social Security is OK.

As one ages, the ability to earn money usually decreases. Elected officials want to balance budgets on the aged. What happened to being responsible for one's own debts while young and able to work?

Everyone is encouraged to plan for retirement. When a person has planned based on certain criteria with cost-of-living increases, it is often impossible to make adjustments for long-range reduction and not become a financial burden to others after a few years.

If the government or a company is allowed to reduce part or all of what was indicated at retirement, it would appear that society does not value or respect retirees who have worked diligently for decades. Fixing the budget today by reducing senior benefits will only create a larger problem when inflation prevents staying self-sufficient for the older population.

Congratulations to Representative Walden for realizing this situation. Who else has the courage to stand with him? — L. Stewart, Jacksonville

If Leslie Freeman, (April 10) is truly interested in finding out why North Korea "hates" us, she should read "The Imperial Cruise" by James Bradley.

It's the history of Teddy Roosevelt's colonialist march across the Pacific during his presidency. During this period he took over the Philippines and Hawaii and "gave" Korea to the Japanese. Under whose authority? How would we feel if a foreign country just "gave" us to someone they were currying favor with? — Pat Butler, Medford

Your AP story "Kitzhaber signs bill allowing resident tuition for some illegals" (April 3) is a flagrant example of teleological reporting. It takes what happened and presents it as the only reasonable result. In other words, a wire service that hobnobs and negotiates with officials and interest groups thinks taking dictation is journalism.

Only two paragraphs allude to reality, which is that the bill is illegal. The previous 16 paragraphs are pro-illegality. The article quotes no opposing officeholder and no person not a member of an interest group. Unreported is that a legal resident of Michoacán will pay less for an Oregon education than will a legal resident of Delaware.

The story transcribes idiotic statements without reality-checking. A Kitzhaber double fallacy — "each and every Oregonian deserves a shot at the American dream" — is allowed to stand without correction. His first fallacy: Illegal residents are by definition not Oregonians. His second: Paying exorbitant tuition to Oregon's academic looters does not increase access to the alleged American dream.

The article makes sense only as a paid enticement for a law enforcement sting — in which anyone applying for Oregon's illegal tuition will be arrested and self-helped home. — Hunter Greer, Ashland

It is nice to see that our Jackson County Board of Commissioners is facing reality by proposing a salary freeze for top-level employees in addition to cutting positions related to operations; this a start that must be supported by the Budget Committee.

Outside of unique markets, our overall national and local economy is anemic to say the least. The continued surge in the stock market is mostly related to the Federal Reserve pumping vast amounts of money into the financial sector. The $3 trillion the feds have "printed" to date will soon have to be reckoned with.

I implore the local media (Mail Tribune), our elected officials and local business leaders to work together in seeking fresh ways to spawn economic development that is meaningful and sustainable. This means those in power must concede that the current plan is not working and we must act quickly to execute another plan.

Cutting government spending, rolling back the massive regulatory burdens on small business and reducing taxes have worked wonderfully in the past, and were used by both parties. Let's start now; we cannot afford to waste another day! — Ward Hinger, Eagle Point

How long will it be before someone gets killed or seriously injured on Siskiyou Boulevard between Highland and Willamette streets?

Just recently our neighbor was turning into the driveway and two speeders totaled their cars to keep from hitting her. About a week later two telephone poles were hit (one was broken off) by a speeder. Before that, four cars were damaged when our neighbor was turning into the driveway. In the past we have had three houses hit by speeders and numerous and potential accidents.

Is it unreasonable to ask the city to lower the speed limit to 25? And maybe also put a "slow-children" sign up by Bear Creek Park?

What's the speed limit on your street? Is it safe to get in and out of your driveway? — B. Miller, Medford

I was the forest landscape architect on the Rogue River National Forest from 1968-1987 and am personally familiar with the proposed Bybee Timber Sale area adjacent to Crater Lake National Park. From the 1960s through the 1980s, this area was heavily logged and extensively roaded. Vast interconnected "shelterwood" harvest areas spread for thousands of acres, creating biological deserts.

These forests are slowly healing from that era and ecological diversity is returning. The last thing the few remaining wildlands and old-growth/large-tree forests in the Bybee watershed need is more logging roads and removal of the large "shelterwood" old-growth trees.

It seemed like former rangers Kerwin Dewberry and Joel King had turned the corner and were producing many noncontroversial small-diameter thinning sales with broad public support and restoring healthy forests. The proposed Bybee Sale is a return to the devastating days of logging ancient forests and punching roads into wilderness-quality forests adjacent to Crater Lake National Park. The Bybee sale must be revised to retain all large-diameter and old-growth trees to protect wildlife habitat and ecological diversity. — Jurgen A. Hess, Hood River

A democracy is a form of government in which the majority of the people rule. This basic democratic principle was not met in the health care debate

Then, ABC News, CNN, CBS and Pew polls indicated 55 to 70 percent of the people wanted a public health care option, but Congress chose to not include it. We didn't get what the majority of the people wanted.

Now we are watching another clear test of our democracy; it is the debate (or not) over universal background checks for gun purchases. Recent polls by the Washington Post, ABC News, and Pew Research have found that between 75 and 85 percent of our citizens support universal background checks. Also, Pew Research found that 74 percent of NRA members support universal checks. On both issues, these are majorities by anyone's definition.

If our government representatives in Washington, D.C., do not pass legislation requiring universal background checks, we will have more irrefutable evidence that our country is no longer ruled by the majority, someone else has taken charge, and we should stop calling ourselves a "democracy." — Joseph Suste, Medford