To the person who took my chihuahua puppy from my front porch, please love him as much as I did and please take care of him like I would.

To the person who took my chihuahua puppy from my front porch, please love him as much as I did and please take care of him like I would.

I do not know why anyone would do this, but I guess you felt like you would love and care for him better than I could.

I would like to let you know that the Pom that I also have, misses him dearly and keeps looking for him, so you not only broke my heart, but you also broke hers.

All I ask is that if anytime you can not take care of him, please return him to me. You know where I live. — K. Mulry, Medford

In this time of civic apathy, when political scientists predicted voter participation would be at roughly a third, more than 58,300 Jackson County citizens participated on May 15 in what has been referred to as the most significant act of civic involvement.

Among those that submitted their ballots, 13,426 voted for a change in the leadership of Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD). I would like to say thank you to those friends and neighbors for their support.

The future of RVTD is challenged at this time, like so many other community services and programs, due to limited financial resources and budgetary constraints.

I urge the public to become more involved and supportive by attending board meetings and providing the directors with their input.

We must make enlightened and astute decisions, but without public participation and comments, we can not adequately represent those views.

My goals for RVTD over the next four years are to restore and expand services, adjust fares and find secure and stable revenue. I am not inclined toward increased taxes, however, we must decide what we are receptive to. — Rick Schreffler, Jacksonville

I was born here in 1948. For years any day was a great day to visit Lithia Park. Stroll along the paths, have a picnic, play, watch the ducks and the beautiful swans glide gracefully across the water. Now the swans are gone.

We have been promised for the last eight years the duck ponds will be restored. The lower one is so clean the ducks do not want to swim. The upper one is so slimy the ducks can hardly push their way across the water. For 50 years the duck ponds were a joy to me and anyone who saw them. Now they are just sad!

Cities from Europe to our West Coast do not seem to have any trouble with their duck ponds. Maybe it is time for us to ask them what we could do to improve ours! — Linda Clark, Talent

I was a Boy Scout 40 years ago. One thing they taught us was to display the flag upside down in an emergency, as it is a sign that there is a problem. There are definitely problems in the United States.

Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney, and the Republicans are responsible for creating the majority of them.

As citizens of the United States, we should all fly our flags upside down until it no longer feels like the U.S. is in a state of emergency.

In the Ashland Fourth of July parade, Joy Johnson recognized that there are problems of an emergency nature in the U.S., and was not showing disrespect for the flag, or the country.

Thank you, Rodney Pope, for defending our right to show recognition of a state of emergency.

Addendum, next time I want a smart president! — Wil Scarrow, Gold Hill