Is it just me or is Wall Street beyond psychotic? The sky's falling, no it isn't. I'm rich, I'm broke. Buy, sell, hold, get caught, hope someone bails you out because you got really greedy.

Is it just me or is Wall Street beyond psychotic? The sky's falling, no it isn't. I'm rich, I'm broke. Buy, sell, hold, get caught, hope someone bails you out because you got really greedy.

If Wall Street was an individual they would be on serious meds or, more likely, permanently confined to an institution for the terminally deranged. I'd sell but I can't afford to. — Mel Beaty, Medford

Your report, "Gilmour, Smith apologize for error" (March 13) relates the commissioners' apologies and their appointing Wes Brian a member of the Rogue Valley Workforce Development Council. Well and good, but the more newsworthy point, I would suggest, is that they originally denied his appointment for the sin of exercising his constitutionally protected right of free speech.

It was alleged (falsely, as it turned out) that he had participated in a burning of an American flag, as a protest against the war in Iraq. The point not emphasized in your article is that he was not appointed to the council until it was established that he had not participated in the flag-burning — an activity the Supreme Court has found to be "protected speech." — Grant Shepard, Medford

What comfort it is for us: Those who cringe each time we fill our gasoline tank, or try to meet mortgage payments in the face of foreclosure, eliminate eating out and buy less expensive grocery items, delay going to a doctor or dentist because of cost, to see that the Fed, our government, is assisting major banking and investment firms who pay their officials million-dollar bonuses each year.

Is capitalistic America great or what? — Phil Nickel, Grants Pass

A woman receives three years for the death of her child? Why are our liberal leaders and the pro-choice activists silent at a time when this young woman has lost her very right to choose?

She made the same decision that over a million women make legally each year by abortion. The child was only 2. Was the child a person yet or only an extension of the mothers body? In the womb seven months or out of the womb two years, what's the difference?

Next, Democratic New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is forced to resign from pressure from Republicans because of a personal relationship with a prostitute. Just like ex-President Clinton, this should have been considered a family matter. The governor did not have sex with "that woman" in the governor's mansion, nor did he lie to the American people.

Imagine if Clinton had been caught with only a prostitute and admitted to it, it would have been swept under the rug. I just have to shake my head in outrage and wonder where the liberal values have gone, letting both of these fine individuals face the far-right conspiracy. Where is Ted Kennedy when he is needed? — Jack Jordan, Medford

A popular criticism of Barack Obama is that he lacks the experience to be president of the United States. If the things in which he lacks experience include deceit, lying, arrogance and hanky-panky, perhaps he has what it takes to become a leader the American people can be proud of. — Mary Ann Johnson, Central Point