Your Sunday, June 2 article about the IRS implied that at one time the IRS was viewed favorably by the public. I am 88, and never have I remembered that time. The IRS has never projected a friendly image.
If the IRS has targeted any person or organization, that's wrong and should be investigated and corrected. However, many of us are upset with our government-approved tax structure that permits many of the most wealthy earners to pay a much smaller proportion of their earnings than the majority does.
We feel violated and used when the biggest corporations of our country pay no tax at all (some even earn a rebate), all perfectly within the law. We know that a law by itself means nothing unless it is enforced and that the meaning of laws can be perverted and interpreted away through purchasing legal evaluation. So, in a contest such as that, who wins? The deep pocket.
The IRS is not the villain. It is only the collector. Our problems began with those elected to represent and fight for us, and a strong USA. The real investigation should be about how we can achieve representatives who can be independent of big industrial, commercial and political control. — Paul J. Brown, Central Point
For what it's worth, I quite like the new plaza in Ashland. Moving on, will somebody please run against Mike Winter in the next election? — Michael Shanafelt, Ashland
In response to the article, "Soldier accused of killing 16 villagers will plead guilty."
American justice should demand that Staff Sgt. Bales be given the psychological care he deserves, and when well, he should be allowed to return to his family.
American justice should also demand that every American, every American weapon, bullet, shovel, tank, Jeep, plow and dollar be removed from and never return to Afghanistan. Afghanistan should never receive another American dollar in aid.
And to the bully president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, I say, may every building of hate education in your country be leveled by earthquakes, may your country's cash crop of heroin poppies be devoured by locusts and may your home be infested with one million fleas. — Annette Young, Medford
I recently had the pleasure of serving as a judge for the senior project presentations at South Medford High School.
The subjects were varied — rebuilding an engine, creating a push cart full of entertaining materials to give to patients in their hospital rooms, teaching music to elementary students, volunteering as a personal trainer, writing and recording music and rebuilding a dilapidated greenhouse. These young people were prepared, articulate, poised and passionate about their subjects.
A recurrent theme throughout the presentations was a desire to help others and to make the world a better place. They gave me hope for the future. Congratulations to these amazing seniors and their classmates. The Senior Project program was originally developed at South Medford in 1986 and is now a graduation requirement in schools throughout the country.
Special thanks to the dedicated teachers and mentors who guided the students through the process. — Sue Harrison, Medford