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  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • In the July 12 paper, some information about the lumberjack signs' origin was omitted.
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  • In the July 12 paper, some information about the lumberjack signs' origin was omitted.
    The first sign went up in the early '50s, with the second one following several years later. You could see them while traveling north or south on North Pacific Highway. They stood at Rogue Equipment Sales, owned by Wayne Chase for some 30-plus years.
    A big "thank-you" to Nathan Moir and all the volunteers for a great job on the restoration. My father would have been proud. — Linda Schwab, Central Point
    This letter is in response to Mary Horton's letter regarding the number of libraries in Jackson County. Considering that we live in a rural county and that Multnomah County is urban, I have to ask if "enough has been said" after all.
    It is a matter of pride that Jackson County boasts 15 branches, and it's something that improves our quality of life in innumerable ways. I challenge Ms. Horton to visit a few of our libraries and see that Jackson County children, families, seniors and everyone in between, benefit from our public libraries. — Vanessa Houk, Ashland
    G. Lockie's letter asked how many people use libraries, and for what purpose.
    When I go in, no matter what day, what time, people young, old and in between are looking for books, music, videos or using the Internet. Programs with some great speakers. I have been doing research, using books, microfilm of the Ashland Daily Tidings from the 1800s on, and historic photographs. When I need help, librarians are there for me.
    So far this year, I have read nonfiction books about Rosa Parks, hiking the Appalachian Trail, medical care for indigent persons in San Francisco, an unsolved murder in Eastern Oregon, research in the rainforest canopy, and training service dogs for the disabled. Fiction books include one about deadly racial hatred in present-day Mississippi, another about a priest accused of child abuse and how that affects the character's own family.
    Historical fiction includes founding the English colony of Australia, and the plight of American Quakers opposed to slavery, but constrained by the Fugitive Slave Act. The library offers much to stimulate your interest, to learn, to enjoy. — Carita M. Culmer, Ashland
    The Zimmerman-Martin tragedy might have been avoided. Whenever my Navy ship was to get liberty in a new port, the crew was told that the Shore Patrol and the local police were there to help us. Follow instructions. Don't challenge or hit them.
    The evidence at trial was that Martin verbally and physically challenged Zimmerman, "Have you got a problem?" and "Well you got a problem now." followed by a fist to the face that knocked Zimmerman down. Martin began to pummel him. Zimmerman, fearing for his life, shot Martin. A tragedy for both men and their families! Within a minute, a police officer arrived.
    What if Zimmerman had not had his gun with him that day? The policeman would have arrested Martin for the assault. As Martin was 17, there is a good chance he would be tried as an adult and would have to serve time in prison. Again, a tragedy!
    Make sure your children are taught to be polite when in contact with police, neighborhood watch, etc. Never pick a fight with them. If you have a problem with them, report it to their superiors. — Raymond Engle, Medford
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