Your Thursday editorial does nothing to improve the environmental debates which you label as "warped." Painting all environmentalists with the broad brush of obstructionism is unfair and dishonest.

Your Thursday editorial does nothing to improve the environmental debates which you label as "warped." Painting all environmentalists with the broad brush of obstructionism is unfair and dishonest.

Your own paper has published several stories about local environmentalists who are actively working with the BLM and Forest Service to design timber sales that log small-diameter trees and improve forest health. Don't warp the debate even more using tired old cliches and stereotypes. — Lori Cooper, Ruch

Two consecutive days. Two letters. Two California transplants bitterly mewling over the rape of the Rogue Valley. I do hope irony deafness is not as catching as the faux naïveté and cupidity that is infecting our state from the south.

Tom McCall help us! — G. Duff Bloom, Medford

I keep hearing that there are not enough foster parents. It seems to me what is needed here is an orphanage where children can be placed until their parents can get their lives straightened up to again take care of their children.

So instead of so many retirement homes, why not orphanages? Of course, they would have to be monitored to make sure the children will be treated well. — J. Fletcher, Medford

I am wondering when we forgot the words and wisdom of our past leaders on the topic of immigrants. It seems like now it is all for what they want and not about what our country stands for.

In the words of Theodore Roosevelt in 1907: "... In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag. We have room for but one language here and that is the English language, and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

Read this and think about it. — Carole Smith, Central Point

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