It is a travesty that arrests and prosecutions continue in a lost war against marijuana.

It is a travesty that arrests and prosecutions continue in a lost war against marijuana.

It is a waste of resources to continue arresting 400,000 people per year for marijuana. Our government needs to read the handwriting on the wall, and stop the prosecutions of marijuana until an orderly marketplace for it can be established.

It is unbelievable that at a time when law enforcement resources are so limited that time is being spent chasing people who grow and smoke pot. There isn't a risk manager in the world who would set this as a priority to protect our citizens. — Mark Soderstrom, Phoenix

On May 28 at 8:30, I was turning from Talent Avenue onto Highway 99 heading toward Ashland. A small herd of deer (getting smaller) was coming up from the creek. They cross frequently to head back up into the foothills.

The idiots coming from Ashland didn't slow down and didn't even appear to notice the deer. Too much health food? No brain food? There is a sign prior to this area indicating deer in this area. If a car connects with a deer, it is not the deer's fault.

These people are clueless. How can you miss seeing five to six deer in the middle of a lane of road? — Judy Van Blarcom, Talent

The Monday, May 27, Mail Tribune featured an article titled "Memorial Day: Ready. Aim. Fire! and remember." It depicted a U.S Marine Corps honor guard and the historical Garand M-1 rifle.

The Garand or M-1 rifle was developed by Canadian born John C. Garand at Springfield Armory in Springfield, Mass., and was officially adopted by the U.S. War Department in 1936. This .30-caliber (.30-06 Springfield), eight-shot, gas-operated, semiautomatic weapon was the basic arm of both the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, seeing extensive infantry action in both World War II (1939-1945) and the Korean War (1950-1953). The M-1 even saw limited use into the early stages of the Vietnam War (1961-1975).

The Garand M-1 rifle was destined to replace both the .30 caliber bolt action Model 1903 Springfield and 1917 Enfield rifles, carried by American troops during World War 1 (1914-1918).

The Garand M-1 rifle itself was replaced by the newer M-14 rifle (officially) in May 1957: caliber 7.62mm NATO (.308 Winchester), which in turn was displaced by the Colt AR-15/M-16 rifle: caliber 5.56 mm (.223 Remington). Search "Lock and Load" by R. Lee Ermey for more on these historical U.S. service weapons. — James A. Farmer, Ashland

This is a request for wet and dry cat food for the cats at Jackson County Animal Shelter. Our coffers are running low and we depend on the public for donations of food. We prefer brands that do not contain red or other dyes, and appreciate any help you can offer. Some bags of dry food are starting to arrive, so canned food is our bigger priority right now, though either is appreciated. Thank you. — Jane Babbit, FOTAS board member and cat room volunteer