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  • Thanks to Greg Walden for voting against this latest spending "compromise" that raises the debt ceiling. He stood above the fools who'd rather dig a deeper hole than climb out of it.
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  • Thanks to Greg Walden for voting against this latest spending "compromise" that raises the debt ceiling. He stood above the fools who'd rather dig a deeper hole than climb out of it.
    He didn't cave in to the media or those who equate fiscal responsibility with terrorism. He also showed the world that not all of Oregon is politically insane.
    He and 161 others deserve a pat on the back for their wisdom and courage. The rest of Congress owes our grandchildren an apology. — Ron Smith, Medford
    If you think that Southern Oregon wineries are an important part of our local ecomomy and add to the quality of life here in the Rogue Valley, then you should vote yes on Measure 15-119 which bans GMO crops in Jackson County in next May's primary election.
    Almost all the new GMO corn varieties soon to be released rely on the older toxic herbicides 2-4D and Dicamba. Yet in Iowa, the grape-growing industry was literally wiped out by the spraying of 2-4D on corn in plantings adjacent to vineyards. You can verify this yourself by doing a web search for the phrases Dicamba or 2-4D and Iowa grapes.
    Next time you enjoy a tasty glass of Rogue Valley wine remember you have a chance save and protect our local vineyards from the coming chemical onslaught of GMO crops. Right to Farm, Not to Harm, Vote Yes on 15-119! — Brian Comnes, Ashland
    I was witness to an incredible act of greed the other evening as I watched over 1,400 kids inundate the neighborhoods surrounding Greystone Court.
    These kids were brought to this area of town by their parents. Instead of trick-or-treating in their own neighborhoods close to their homes, they imposed on the accommodating homeowners in this area. Irresponsible parents bringing their kids to an upscale neighborhood just to get more candy certainly teaches poor values. What happened to kids trick-or-treating in their own areas of town? — T.C. Spiller, Medford
    On the hottest, smokiest day of late July this year, my partner and I ducked into the Ashland Library to escape the stifling conditions outside. I checked out a thin paperback under her card, but I never had a chance to read it and it sat in a backpack until I found and returned it in October.
    I just wrote a check to Jackson County Libraries for $38.50 to cover the fines on my partner's account for borrowing this book for three months. Assuming, generously, that the book cost $15 to buy, the library charged us about 1,000 percent annual interest on this loan.
    Oregon banned usurious loans — defined by annual interest rates over 36 percent — in 2007, and the legal loan-sharks largely went the way of the dinosaur. Perhaps the Jackson County Library system might want to take note? — Eric Taylor, Williams
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