A memory to savor

I'm a World War II veteran. Recently my wife and I had dinner at the Olive Garden. For medical reasons, I always wear a cap, usually a WWII veterans cap, which I always take off once I am seated. After we placed our order, our waiter told us that a Vietnam War veteran, who had noticed my cap, was paying for our dinners in appreciation for my service. I was completely overwhelmed by this act of generosity.

We met the Vietnam vet as he and his wife were leaving. When we told them how much we appreciated their gift, especially from another vet, he replied that I was in the last war this country won, that if we hadn't won the war we wouldn't be here, and he wanted to show his appreciation for my service.

Here was a veteran who served in the most miserable war this country has ever been in, one that was managed politically rather than militarily, and one whose veterans were treated shabbily when they came home, yet giving thanks in a spontaneous, generous way to a vet from another era for his service. I'll savor this memory for all my remaining days (I'm 89). — Cal Pipal, Central Point

Overgrown and dangerous

I would like to express my thoughts and feelings about a particularly dangerous situation I find common on most residential streets here in Medford.

There are overgrown limbs and bushes on almost every block. These limbs block the view of stop signs. If a person is not familiar with the area he or she is driving through, it is almost certain that car will run the stop sign or have to come to an unsafe, abrupt halt.

I also see on these sidewalks that are in the questionable areas, pedestrians and bicyclists avoiding overgrown areas by swinging into the road and then jumping back on the sidewalk. This is not safe.

I don't know about most of you, but I don't want my little girls playing hopscotch or jumping rope on the sidewalks in this area! I hope this letter will raise awareness to the situation. I beg and plead with the city of Medford to take charge of this situation and make Medford a safer place for all! — David Walker, Medford

Take advantage of Red Lion

Hey, Medford!

Wake up and take advantage of the Red Lion property, Bear Creek and Hawthorne Park. Envision a top-notch convention center and civic center where a bridge would connect buildings on both sides of the creek.

Don't turn the adjacent land to our popular, green Bear Creek into a parking lot!

The convention center would provide space for many varied large groups to assemble. While the civic center would enable pre-schoolers to seniors to take advantage of programs and classes offered, as through Parks and Recreation. New building for seniors? Restaurants? Shops?

With the building spread over a wide area, convenient parking to all buildings would be available.

Despite the recession, several franchise businesses have moved into our beautiful area. They must see potential here. Why not tap them as we contemplate what our area can offer and become? — Jane D. Force, Phoenix

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