Parker on Paella?

How refreshing it was to read Froma Harrop's recent piece, celebrating the enormous influence of Marcella Hazan on Italian Cooking in America. One wonders what culinary-themed treatments might be offered by other regular MT op-ed contributors. George Will on sushi? Paul Greenberg on gluten-free baking? Perhaps, Kathleen Parker on Spanish paella. — John Galloway, Medford

Politics or porn?

Years ago I learned that one of the defining characteristics of pornography was that it had "no redeeming social value." Given what's going on in Washington these days, I think that definition can also be applied to Congress and, to a lesser extent, the administration.

I apply the label to both Democrats and Republicans although not equally. In my view the Democrats are more "soft core," while the "hard core" label better fits the Republicans, at least most of them.

At any rate, a pox on both their houses. The problem is that extreme partisan politics (coupled with special interest money) has polarized and largely paralyzed the system that used to at least pretend to work in our best interests. — Stan Loer, Grants Pass

Hedrick thanks the community

On behalf of Hedrick Middle School, we would like to thank local community foundations and businesses that have played a huge part in improving the well-being of our students.

The Chaney, West, and Carpenter foundations have granted monies that have provided our school, as well as McLoughlin, with a licensed mental health clinician who is available on site to students who are in crisis. Superior Athletic Club generously donated weight and exercise equipment and Dr. West Orthodontics sponsored Hoop it Up, which allowed us to add new flooring to our fitness facilities. These donations make our students' fitness facilities unparalleled to other middle schools in the state.

Our Hedrick Talent Show has been sponsored by Dr. Katzen Orthodontics and it is a class act because of the professional lighting, sound, and stage that Dr. Katzen provided.

Our student's lives are enriched in numerous ways because of the generosity and caring of our community. — Kathy Pauck and Susan Holt, Medford

Shameful shutdown

The fact that our senators and representatives (that we have elected as a majority) have allowed the shutdown to happen is shameful. No matter what the issue either side thinks is right or wrong, it does not OK costing the citizens (voters) $300 million (probably more) a day. The solution? Don't ever vote for any of the incumbents again, Republican or Democrat. Shame on all of you! — Penny Fitzsimmons, Medford

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