Is the University of Oregon a university that the football team can be proud of?

Is the University of Oregon a university that the football team can be proud of?

Annual research budgets at 11 of the Pac-12 universities exceed $180 million. Oregon's is $67 million, less than the reported cost of the new Football Performance Center.

The six-year graduation rate at the four California Pac-12 universities is greater than 90 percent. The Pac-12's average is 74 percent. Oregon's is 68 percent.

If Oregon can build an academic reputation to match its football facilities, my hat's off to it. If not, this latest Knight sports facility stands as a gleaming example of skewed priorities: form over substance.

By the way: Mike Belotti, sports announcer and former Oregon football head coach, is the top recipient in the Oregon pension system, receiving $41,000 a month/$492,000 a year.

And the Oregon taxpayers, who seemingly resent anyone with a public pension, are bothered that the average Oregon state pensioner receives $28,500 a year. — Harry Freiberg, Brookings

I disagreed with the decision to split the Medford Water Commission and Medford utilities bills. But why did one letter writer have such a problem with his or her questions about the utilities bill?

I called the number printed on the bill and was prompted to leave a voice mail.

The city employee responding to questions called back within two hours, answered my questions cheerfully and thanked me for calling. I suspect most people received the same kind of prompt, courteous help. — E. Wakefield, Medford

As the Neighborhood Diaper Bank finishes its first full year of operation as an Oregon domestic nonprofit, it is with much gratitude that I report that the bank has distributed more than 35,000 items to ACCESS, the Family Nurturing Center, Healthy Start/Healthy Families, Maslow Project, the Phoenix Food Pantry and individuals throughout Jackson County.

This would not have been possible without the help of the Phoenix Food Project, SOU Capstone interns, Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity (SOU) and the many individuals who donated diapers and incontinence supplies.

The need is even greater than the donations, but with the diaper drives being held by other organizations and students, so many have been helped.

Thank you for getting the bank off to a great start and please continue to remember those in need, especially the children. For more information, go to — CJ Lipski, Talent

The Friday, Aug. 2, Mail Tribune article titled "Neighbor claims self-defense in shooting" elicits the issue of deadly or lethal force, including the ramifications and aftermath.

I'm not qualified to speak on this recent incident in Prospect. However, as a firearms person, I cede the moral high ground to Massad Ayoob, the nation's top authority on this subject — a career law enforcement officer, police captain and prolific writer on the topic of guns. Search "Judicious Use Of Deadly Force" at YouTube by Massad Ayoob. Also, Lethal Force Institute in Concord, N.H., at

By coincidence, Massad Ayoob also has a related commentary titled, "The Current Gun Control Push, A Cop's View" posted for Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at

The armed citizen can never be too careful or lack knowledge pertaining to self defense/house protection/concealed carry.

The Bible states: "A wise man (and woman) will hear, and will increase learning; and a man (person) of understanding will attain unto wise counsels" (Proverbs 1:5). — James A. Farmer, Ashland

Sherlock Holmes once said to Watson that there are two kinds of minds — those that illuminate what is hidden and those who shine a light because, by their errors, they bring us closer to the truth.

Watson's was the second kind of mind. So is Dana Milbank's.

While he makes a good case that the Republican opposition to Obama is inconsistent, it would be more enlightening to ask, "Well, what if it were consistent? What would that make Obama?"

There was a leader who favored corporations, but also used the rhetoric of class struggle; who wanted to protect unions and the poor but at the same time benefited the wealthy. And who wanted the state to serve everyone, and protect its citizens from terrorism.

His name was Mussolini. And his doctrine, fascism, embodied these contradictions.

If we assume that Obama is a fascist, then the Republican opposition makes perfect sense.

For those of you who don't believe it, read "It Can't Happen Here" by Sinclair Lewis and do the point-by-point comparison between Obama and Buzz Windrip yourselves.

God help us all. — Dr. Fred Young, Prospect

1. To understand why profit is king, invest your savings in corporate stock.

2. To understand why interest is queen, invest your savings in corporate bonds.

3. To understand why alcohol is prince, proceed with 1 and 2. — Frank Long, Phoenix