Pass the beans and corn bread. Give me one more helping of Lyle Lovett and his Large Band. Many artists grace the Britt stage. Few can make the stars dance and beg for mercy. Thanks, Britt. Thanks, Lyle. Hats off to our local Beth Baker and Good News choir, too. — Katherine Leppek, Medford

Pass the beans and corn bread. Give me one more helping of Lyle Lovett and his Large Band. Many artists grace the Britt stage. Few can make the stars dance and beg for mercy. Thanks, Britt. Thanks, Lyle. Hats off to our local Beth Baker and Good News choir, too. — Katherine Leppek, Medford

While it's true we can't do much about the physics of pebbles flung by trucks (which my wife and I refer to as pelting machines) at our windshields and chipping them, we can all take measures to lower the possibility of this happening. (I'm responding to the "Since You Asked" column of July 18.)

The key is to reduce the time vehicles are pinned behind trucks. Truckers can refrain from "snail races" in which one trucker wants to violate the 55 mph speed limit even more flagrantly than the truck he is slowly passing.

Non-truck drivers can refrain from inching past or driving abreast of trucks, thereby trapping drivers behind them in the firing range of these pelting machines.

The less time spent behind a truck, the fewer chips in the windshield. — Richard Keleshian, Talent

Recently you may have seen eight teams of Girl Scouts from the Winema Council of Southern Oregon walking around the county, contacting business owners about placing brochures for the American Diabetes Association.

These brochures describe how to register for the upcoming ADA Step-Out Walk to Fight Diabetes, Saturday, Oct. 11 at Doc Griffin Park in Jacksonville.

Because these fine young women worked very hard to place nearly 15,000 brochures in our community, the American Diabetes Association will be able to raise funds to help complete their mission of Cure, Care, and Commitment for patients with diabetes, the fastest-growing disease in America.

Many thanks to Sandra Nance, Winema Council director, and leaders Lynn Barry, Edie Gilder, Kathy Greager, Pamela Kloor, Brandie Mendoza, Carrie Prechtel, Liz Pyke, and Tina Wilson. And special thanks to the more than 50 Girl Scouts who participated.

For more information, call 512-9189, 1-888-DIABETES, or visit www.diabetes.org/stepout. — Carol Jo Pettit, board member, Southern Oregon ADA Walk Committee

Last Saturday, Jim Olney came to our little "meet-the-candidate" picnic at Chuck Roberts Park in Talent. My first impression: He has loads of energy and enthusiasm to give our county, along with a distaste for the extremely high raise the current county commissioners recently gave themselves (not your typical cost of living increase).

Jim has a master's degree in public administration and his past work history shows a person focused on community issues. He has already helped the county resolve problems with our library system. I was impressed with his broad awareness of community needs and his easy ability to dialogue important issues with everyone at the picnic. Yes, he has my vote in November. — Marie Griffith, Phoenix