A couple weeks ago the police arrested Cameron Davis, who had seven outstanding warrants for over 100 mail and credit-card thefts. He spent one day in jail. Gary Harrington will spend several months in jail for dams he has on his property. He was told to remove them and he did comply.
I am an ex-rancher, so I know something about water. I also know the Crowfoot area where the dams are located. As I understand it, the dams are not blocking any streams and are dry in the summer. When the winter rains hit the ground, the water runs off and ends in the ocean. If you catch the winter rain and hold it in a pond, the water (which would now be in the ocean) will slowly leach into the ground to help our groundwater all year.
I understand the law is for everyone. Mr. Harrington needs to follow the law and should be punished for his crime. But a known criminal with seven outstanding warrants spent one day in jail while Mr. Harrington is expected to spend several months there. This is wrong. — Don Herzog, Eagle Point
Recently, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida appeared on seven Sunday talk shows to sell his "comprehensive immigration reform" bill. While making a compelling case, he did not talk about the bill's glaring omission, the most important provision of all, birthright citizenship.
The Fourteenth Amendment was added to the Constitution after the Civil War to prevent local authorities from excluding African-American children from obtaining U.S. citizenship. The amendment suggests children born on American soil be granted citizenship, and then cites some exceptions.
Yet Rubio promotes a guest worker program with no changes to the current interpretation of the amendment, so a child born to a guest worker would gain automatic citizenship. Once that happens, the child qualifies for all the benefits any other citizen would be granted (food stamps, welfare, Obamacare).
At that point the entire family becomes permanently anchored on American soil — the genesis of the term "anchor baby." During his seven Sunday interviews, Rubio didn't mention the birthright citizenship, and none of the interviewers did either. It seems conspiratorial; at best it's shoddy journalism. And it's a good reason for the American public to oppose Rubio's bill with all the energy and outrage they can muster. — Robert Bennett, Grants Pass
I am writing to respond to the several letters and articles of late recommending the closure of Central Medford High School. The reason most often stated is that the school is dragging down the district's test scores, damaging Medford's reputation and, possibly, funding.
I want to remind the readers of the parable of the lost sheep. We are told that if the 99 sheep are getting along all right, we should put all our efforts into finding the one lost and restore them to the herd.
Central High students are our lost sheep. We should be putting more money and resources into their care, not less. Most, though not all, students at North Medford and South Medford will succeed. They come from families with sufficient resources to support them. Central students do not; their success falls upon the entire community.
This all comes down to an age-old problem: Are we going to just believe in Yeshua, usually in order to secure our personal salvation, or are we going to believe him, taking seriously what he teaches? Teach on, Central High. — Robert Doell, Medford
Concerning "Intellectual rigor mortis" (May 5): One of the basic assumptions of "evolution theory" is that random choices produce order. Perhaps Mr. Collins would demonstrate for me, "scientifically," how it is that such an assumption is verifiably true. I can put my 4- and 6-year-old grandkids in front of a piano keyboard and demonstrate just the opposite.
For sake of argument, Romans 1:20 reads, "... God's invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made ..."
"Religious" nonsense? This is, in fact, the exact argument raised by proponents of the theory of evolution. What is perceived from nature is proof that evolution works. It's there, evolution explains it, therefore the theory is beyond question or at least impervious to attack and anyone who tries is an unenlightened religious fanatic and the "questioning" is without merit.
Maybe Mr. Collins would also enlighten me as to whether "matter is self-existent and eternal" or is it "spontaneously generated out of nothing?" Either, I suppose would suffice to explain "origins" for the "secular religion" he would like to cram down my throat, as being the "only true faith."
"If this were only an idiosyncratic and private element ..." Indeed! — Graham Doherty, Central Point
Very small item in the News Briefs — "Bill would provide for some non-English voting ballots."
In 1964 when I brought my wife's Italian family to the U.S., I signed an "affidavit of support" (basically my promise that the family would not become wards of the state and would not apply for any government assistance). A requirement for gaining full citizenship was the ability to understand English, and although my father-in-law was a well-educated man who spoke Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Maltese and French, he could not master English.
More than anything he wanted to become an American citizen, but died as a "green card immigrant," because of the English language requirement. Now it doesn't seem to matter. We give driving privileges to almost everybody who wants them, which, in my mind, compounds a crime if they are here illegally. I wonder how many of them understand English?
And then comes along House Bill 3506, which mandates that the state provide voting materials in languages other than English. I wonder how much this will cost the Oregon taxpayer? Does anyone know of any other country which does this sort of thing even for the legal immigrants? — Murray LaHue, Medford
In a recent article regarding super-bugs, many of which you can bring home following a hospital stay, C. difficile was mentioned among several other extremely serious infections.
I am very familiar with C.-diff., and it's not pleasant. If you have been in a hospital or any medical facility, you have most likely been exposed to C.-diff. If you are a healthy individual, your body's natural, healthy intestinal bacteria will most likely take care of this nasty bacteria. However, if you find yourself suffering from acute bowel issues, then you need to go see your doctor, and have a simple stool sample test done.
This is a humiliating topic, yet it needs to be addressed. In short, if you find yourself with a gurgling, bloated gut that sends you racing to the bathroom, call your doctor. I suffered from this bad bug for years, and could have been spared a great deal of angst if my doctor had given me a simple test. You have to be your own advocate, but that does not excuse a doctor for not running a routine test. — Katherine Tucker, Central Point