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  • Thank you for the coverage of the story on overseas poaching (Aug. 19) happening in Africa and Asia. Not too many newspapers would dedicate space — let alone front page coverage — to give the issue the attention it deserves.
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  • Thank you for the coverage of the story on overseas poaching (Aug. 19) happening in Africa and Asia. Not too many newspapers would dedicate space — let alone front page coverage — to give the issue the attention it deserves.
    It's a disgrace that in countries that pride themselves in having cutting-edge technology the unnecessary slaughter of innocent rhinos and elephants is still condoned by some. Laws are hard to impose, especially when governments refuse to become involved in this horrific and senseless trade — trade that can only be slowed through the education of the masses, sanctions, boycotts and enforcing tougher regulations.
    The rhino's plight is a sad one; as your story pointed out, horns to rhinos are like fingernails to humans. Rhinos being killed for their horns is equivalent to humans being killed for their fingernails. This hunger for ivory fuels the horrific slaughter and is responsible for the quickly declining populations of the rhinos.
    I hope that by covering this story you have made your readers a little bit wiser and much more compassionate towards those who need our help. — Louise Garner, White City
    Russia long has had a poor record on human rights, and Russia's present persecution of gay persons and its support of Syria's crackdown against its own people are just the latest examples of Russia's disregard for human dignity and rights. It is a common but not desirable state of human affairs when one's life is less than desirable to turn against those who are different and/or weaker.
    The logic of compassion will tell us that the interests of God are best served if we strive to develop an understanding of all persons, even those who may be different from us. Treating all persons with dignity and love is not the same as approving all behavior.
    Leave judgment to God, and if you must, be thankful that you yourself were not burdened with the same genetic predispositions and life circumstances that have caused some persons to become gay or different in some way. Discrimination or persecution is never anything to be proud of. — Bill McWhorter, Medford
    Our world is a mess now with all the cults, religions and weird organizations running loose, including country leaders who have half a brain and no common sense. It's time the U.N. and world courts exert their powers and stop all the money groups from using money to promote their wishes and eliminate all the lying cons. Let's live with the honest truth and facts!
    Most everyone is sick of wars, dishonest leaders who overspend, overtax, do not listen to taxpayers or common-sense honest people who know right from wrong. Should we blame the education systems for all the nuts running around who should be locked up? — Milton "Jeff" Meek, Grants Pass
    How can our overpaid county commissioners decide to cut services such as county libraries, the extension service and others such as sheriff and VA services?
    Had the county not overstepped common sense by buying the church property across the street from the probation offices and proceeded to tear down the church and two homes — or to buy and demolish the old post office building — it would definitely have enough money to fund the services in question! Maybe it's time to get rid of all of those overpaid county commissioners and Danny Jordan at the same time! Remember folks, they are supposed to be working for you and your tax dollars. I think it's time for recalls. Now! — Allen Stewart, Jacksonville
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