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  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • On which genius in the city's labyrinth do I dump two wheelbarrows of stale, near maggoty, kudos for complicating our monthly payments?
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  • On which genius in the city's labyrinth do I dump two wheelbarrows of stale, near maggoty, kudos for complicating our monthly payments?
    Once upon a time we made one monthly payment. Now, thanks to said genius, we get to write two checks, pay the feds for two stamps, and make two separate trips to post these missiles of city calm and fiscal comfort. Congratulations, bureaucracy! You have increased our workload 100 percent, insured needful work for yourselves, and forgotten the "KISS" principle: keep it simple, stupid. Grammatically speaking, our city's bureaucracy personifies the direct object of the "KISS" epithet. — Dean O. Luke, Medford
    E-cigs (MT Aug. 11) are little more than hot air. Standard cigarette smoke contains two potent classes of mutagens — carcinogens, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, such as the benzopyrenes, and nitrosamines. E-cigarettes lack these but do deliver nicotine.
    While nicotine is the addictive ingredient in cigarette smoke, it and its metabolic intermediates are so nonmutagenic that only the most sensitive of assays can detect a mutagenic effect. E-cigs thus allow addiction and oral stimulation while deleting any harmful smoking effects aside from vasoconstriction due to nicotine and shunning by upper-class liberals. — Gerald Holmquist, Shady Cove
    A couple of weeks ago I read with interest the article explaining the problem underprivileged women have providing disposable diapers for their children. I found it surprising that mainstream citizens were unaware of this. The expense is an eye opener even for stable, middle-class parents.
    A week later I read a letter to the editor asking why no one is willing to use standard diapers anymore. The suggestion was that it would be a cheaper alternative. I know that people over 70 think the reason is simply laziness of the younger generation.
    I paid for a diaper service for my first child, an option no longer available in the valley. They delivered 70 diapers and 10 diaper covers per week, and picked up the soiled ones for cleaning. I don't believe you could go out and find diapers and diaper covers in our valley, especially not newborn size. And sizes are a factor.
    I'm sure all this is available online but a mother would need a sizable cash outlay initially each time she needs the next size. Cash of course is an oxymoron, as a credit card is necessary for online purchases.
    It really is a dilemma. — Linda Ford, Medford
    Oh really, U of O "a failure?" (Letters, Aug. 11). Oregon is not so bad unless you like to misstate the facts. Possibly the writer's alma mater got in his way. Fact: The NCAA measures all programs for graduation rates. In football for the PAC 12 the list is as follows as of October 2012. Stanford, 90 percent; Washington, 74 percent; Utah, 66 percent; Oregon, 64 percent; Colorado, 63 percent; Arizona State, 63 percent; UCLA, 62 percent; Oregon State, 60 percent; USC, 57 percent; Washington State, 53 percent; Arizona, 53 percent; and Cal, 49 percent.
    As for Phil Knight: Yes, he gives to all the athletic programs at the U of O. But have you heard about the $105 million for the Knight Management Center for Business at Stanford? Maybe the $100 million for cancer research at Oregon Health Sciences University, or the William Knight Law Center at Oregon, or the Knight Library at Oregon.
    In addition, it should be noted that the system of individual boards directing each major California University has led to an increase in funding grants for those schools. This is a proposed change now taking steps forward in Oregon for the the U of O, PSU, OHSU and Oregon State. — Sid and Barb Field, U of O Class of '64, Ashland
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