Thank you to the Mail Tribune for the article Saturday, Feb. 23, on page 4A titled "Stranger's gift of kidney" about the kindness and compassion of a total stranger.

Thank you to the Mail Tribune for the article Saturday, Feb. 23, on page 4A titled "Stranger's gift of kidney" about the kindness and compassion of a total stranger.

This article warmed my heart and supported my faith that there are still wonderful, kind people in this world.

I think this article should have been on the first page to replace photos of mustached, finger-pointing Iraqis and put these articles on page 4A so anyone who is still interested can read them.

Please, more human interest stories, the newspapers are so full of depressing articles. God bless this little girl and the woman who donated her kidney. — Irene Evans, Rogue River

A couple of notable items on the Feb. 23 opinion page. First, the editorial from the Grants Pass Courier, commenting on the upcoming $150 billion rebate by the feds, stolen from our grandchildren in hopes of offsetting the results of seven years of incredibly incompetent government administration. That took courage on the part of the Courier's editorial staff.

Second was the Toles cartoon illustrating the stupidity of the rapid passage of the biofuel legislation without due consideration of the details of the impact it will have. I considered asking the Since-You-Asked staff to enumerate all the "upsides" (if any), to all of the "downsides". They certainly may tackle this chore whenever they have time! — Guy Parker, Prospect

The recent comment in "Since You Asked" attacking George Bush's character makes me wonder if this hitherto unbiased column is transitioning into a political format. I've grown used to seeing such comments elsewhere in the paper but it's surprising to see them in this particular column. Does this represent a new policy? If so, I'm going to miss questions about birds/bats/bugs, the big plane at the airport and the historical significance of this or that.

Here's a thought for readers: Could we please keep those types of comments on the "opinion" page where they belong? — Maureen Stewart, Medford

Faithful letters-to-the-editor contributor Michael Steely, an implacable critic of President Bush, recently expanded his horizons by attacking Sen. John McCain. Let me state the obvious. Sen. McCain is a man of tremendous character, regardless of politics, and he possesses something Mr. Steely obviously lacks: a sense of humor. — Greg Jeffries, Grants Pass

What I would like to know is who authorized the hiring of Action Security Inc. to do our police traffic work? This has all of the earmarks of a "Bush" outsourcing of police jobs to the private sector.

Why haven't the taxpayers been made aware of these "arrangements"?

What the hell is going on in this country? — Ed Scanlin, Medford