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  • I would agree with Pat Butler's letter about too many valedictorians, unless all those designated as valedictorians in a class have identical GPAs. Then they all deserve the honor.
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  • I would agree with Pat Butler's letter about too many valedictorians, unless all those designated as valedictorians in a class have identical GPAs. Then they all deserve the honor.
    Next one or ones down should be salutatorians. All those with certain high averages but lower than the valedictorian/salutatorian level should be in a designated group recognizing them as honor students. — Mary Ann Johnson, Central Point
    My wife, Dr. Judy Shih, and I donated $500,000 to OSF to improve and enhance the theatergoers' experience in an outdoor environment. One of the criteria for installing this particular system was its flexibility for upgrades, given the rapid changes in electronic and acoustic technology. You wrote that our donation "covers the installation of a system from Meyer Sound of Berkeley, Calif."
    Our generous donation "covered" not only the cost of the installation but paid for the equipment and the provided warranties as well. The Meyer family also made a considerable donation toward the purchase of the equipment by providing a significant discount toward the purchase price. — Joel Axelrod, Ashland
    I see that Rep. Greg Walden has voted for an amendment to the military spending bill that prohibits the Pentagon from using funds to address climate change. Since the Pentagon calls climate change the country's greatest threat to national security, Walden seem to have voted against national security. — Kenneth Deveney, Ashland
    When we look at education, am I the only person who thinks our governor, Legislature, the Department of Education, Teachers Standards and Practices, and educational service districts who are making decisions today with no experience working in the classroom are full of baloney?
    Requiring unrealistic graduation standards, the 40-40-20 plan, Proficiency Based Assessment, Core Curriculum Assessment and Technical Skills Assessment, just to name a few, are guidelines created by individuals out of touch with reality in today's educational community.
    Let's give the reins to the superintendent, principals, teachers, parents, students and school boards, in this order. An educational system needs to be created to be conducive to individual school district needs. Every school district is different based upon the culture of that specific district. Schools need to be allowed to meet their own requirements based upon their needs.
    I may be sticking my neck out here, but why not? Let the professionals in their individual fields of expertise make the decisions. Non-educators making educator decisions is baloney.
    It is time for bureaucracy to get out of education. This is why education has such poor ratings. Leave education to local districts. — Ralph E. Frey, Eagle Point
    Medford, you did it again. Our poppy relief veteran fund was a success.
    Wear your poppies proudly. Kudos to Sherm's Thunderbird and Food 4 Less as they allowed us to do our poppy programs at their place of business again on Memorial Day weekend.
    God bless America. — Muriel Gallo, Medford, Ladies Auxiliary, VFW #1833
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