LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

What's the message?

I have to wonder what type of message the teachers are giving our children when they attempt to bully, intimidate and coerce the Medford School board members at the school board meeting? — Chuck Brook, Medford


Good luck to Conrad

Sad to see Chris Conrad going by the wayside. The Night Crawler column was always the highlight of the end of one week and the start of another. We will miss Chris, not only for his column, but also for the other stories he covered for the Mail Tribune. I'm going to go with his next profession being a referee on the rooster fighting circuit. Good luck Chris. — Jack and Carole Shaffer, Medford


Why fight the casino?

I have been reading a lot lately about how some senators and community leaders are opposed to the Coquille Indians having a gaming establishment in Medford.

What's all the fuss about it? It's just slot machines. We already have them everywhere around town anyway. What's the problem with having them in a nice and safe facility?

And is it true that the City Council approved more than $150,000 for legal fees to fight this project? Where are they getting the money? Why are they spending any money on opposing economic growth and jobs when we desperately need it?

And who approved this expenditure? Why weren't the citizens allowed a say on this? Why are we spending any money on expensive New York attorneys when our budgets are getting tighter? It doesn't make any sense to me. — Norma Nealy, Grants Pass


What to believe?

In response to Dace Cochran's letter to the editor of Nov. 3, in which the Bible's "ultimate authority" regarding homosexuality is recognized, I wonder.

I wonder if certain oft-quoted passages from the Bible are primarily to rationalize judgments in areas where fear and intolerance take precedence over other teachings from the one and the same Bible. The quoted Leviticus 20:13 verse states that a man who "lies with another male as he lies with a woman" is an "abomination" and they both should be "put to death." Leviticus is filled with reverences of "God's Law" as imparted to Moses. Read a bit and it becomes obvious that these laws are worse than medieval.

Chapter 15 speaks to how a woman's menstrual discharge is a sin that can be absolved with the sacrifice of two turtle doves. Chapter 25:44 allows for the keeping of slaves, "from nations that are around you." Oh, what to believe?

Personally, I believe there is always room for more love in the world, and less judgment would be welcome as well, or as the very same Bible succinctly states,"Judge not, lest ye also be judged" (Matthew 7:1). In my judgment, of course! — Lynn Hill, Talent


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