Install yield signs

A law requiring signaling when entering, staying in or leaving a single-lane traffic circle becomes redundant, not logical and nonsensical, once yield signs have been installed at all critical points.

It would seem that the originators of this law did not fully understand the meaning of the triangular red-rimmed sign: assuring order, right of way and safety for decades in most of the rest of the world.

Maybe the concept of yield, honored in hundreds of years of medieval tournaments, was lost in the times of the Old West! — Viktor Met, Medford

Choose a new problem

As I read the letters in this paper, I find it difficult to understand how a person comes to choose bicyclists as their problem.

Look, we might not agree that bicycling is actually a solution to problems like obesity, traffic, high energy costs and climate change. Heck, you might not agree that those are problems in the first place. You also might not agree that the majority of bicyclists are friendly people, at least when they're not being harassed or bullied by motorists.

Here's something you must agree with: It's a rare occurrence that a motorist is ever significantly delayed or otherwise affected by a bicyclist. Regardless of your feelings toward bicyclists, I encourage you to spend your time more wisely, and choose a new problem. — J. Sullivan, Jacksonville

Another side to the pit argument

Four years ago I walked into our garage where our dog sleeps. In her bed was a starving puppy. The dog was very scared and I immediately found food for her and kept her enclosed.

Our family is always on the lookout for lost dogs. Nobody was looking for her. She was an abandoned pit bull. She and I became great friends. Our little grandchildren rode on her back. A veterinarian told us she had been very abused.

After a year, when she was full grown and very strong, we went to the Humane Society and they could see how she cared for me but they also were aware of the abuse she had suffered. They were afraid that her behavior wouldn't be consistent and if someone strange approached me or the grandchildren, she would attack. We went to the animal shelter and they said basically the same thing.

Sadly, we did put this wonderful dog down. Our experience had nothing to do with her breed but rather the cruel treatment that she received as a puppy. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon for the breed. — Ginnie Deason, Medford

Don't legalize pot

As a young man, for a brief period of time, about five years, I drank a lot of alcohol — cheap beer and wine — "binge drinking," they would call it now — and I smoked pot.

I preferred alcohol. I thought I functioned better drinking. I had low self-esteem and my family didn't want me. I ended up in a halfway house for drug abuse. I didn't have much of an education and bounced from one low-paying job to the next, often working two of them to make ends meet.

Which brings me to why I'm writing this letter. I am not in favor of recreational marijuana. Why make it easier for young people to drop out of school and society? Yes, I did graduate, but the diploma isn't worth the paper it's printed on. I did do one thing right; I saved $25 a week for years. I have the money now.

All that's going to happen is Oregon is going to get millions of the poor people's tax money and the entrepreneurs, the ones who own the pot shops, will get rich off the poor. — Patrick Ryan, Medford

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