I was not surprised to see the mainstream media come to the defense of the health insurance industry and Big Pharma (Mail Tribune 7/9). The media, owned by a few large and powerful corporations, are part of the same ruling elite. It started out by criticizing Moore for not providing a defense. Why should he? He was simply providing the analysis that the media should have. They haven't!

I was not surprised to see the mainstream media come to the defense of the health insurance industry and Big Pharma (Mail Tribune 7/9). The media, owned by a few large and powerful corporations, are part of the same ruling elite. It started out by criticizing Moore for not providing a defense. Why should he? He was simply providing the analysis that the media should have. They haven't!

But take a look at their argument. It's a very familiar and disingenuous technique. They go through and pick at details in an attempt to discredit and distract. But they intentionally ignore his concluding point. It is a fact that we have a lousy health care system.

Yes, it is very advanced if you can afford it. But it is a fact that millions go without necessary care and many die. It is a fact that the taxpayer is subsidizing Pharma. And it is a fact that the cost of insurance and prescriptions are skyrocketing. Why doesn't the media comment on that? Wanna guess?

If you have any concern about your health care, go see Sicko, read the column mentioned above, and then think and decide for yourself. — David Asche, Medford

It's making me ill. The list is endless. Chinese imports of pet food with toxins, my toaster, garlic powder. Many things at Bi-Mart, Wal-Mart etc. Clothing, knick-knacks, housewares (i.e., Kitchen Aid, Oster, Procter Silex) are made in China.

Even our dining room table and chairs were purchased without the store revealing that they were made in China. When they were delivered, we found "Made in China" stickers under the chairs. And now it's fish, snacks, toys, tires and even vitamin supplements. It's the selling out of America and jobs are being outsourced.

It makes me nervous because foods don't list the origin of products and the FDA isn't doing its job to monitor the imports. China closed 180 of its processing plants because of the chemicals in the food. Was this to show that they are aware of the scrutiny? Congress must act soon! — Kathy Eck, Jacksonville

In response to the July 15 Associated Press story "Air Force bombing over Iraq increases": An anti-war London-based firm confirms at least 50 extra civilian deaths per month because of the bombing.

No one desires to have civilians killed. This is a war. What is the alternative? No bombing at all. Let me see. You can choose between 50 dead civilians or one dead U.S. soldier. I will choose the civilians any day.

We need to stop the court marshals on the words of the enemy and cut our boys loose. Our military is a destroying force, not a police force, which has been the only road to victory. — Carson Allen, Medford

Who else told the people "An evil exists that threatens every man, woman, and child of this great country. We must take steps to ensure our domestic security and protect our Homeland?"

It seems the results are going to be the same when a comparison is made and the present situation is allowed to continue!

It has been said that "forewarned is forearmed." The above was told to the people by Adolf Hitler in 1933. — Charles D. Tisler, Central Point