Regarding Kathleen Parker's column Aug. 20: The secular people get answers to their curiosity through the secular media; why is it wrong for the Christian people to get the answers to their curiosity through the questioning of Rick Warren?

Regarding Kathleen Parker's column Aug. 20: The secular people get answers to their curiosity through the secular media; why is it wrong for the Christian people to get the answers to their curiosity through the questioning of Rick Warren?

Why would this country lose because part of its citizens wanted a different view of the candidates? I think the Christians are still voting citizens in this country, at least for a while longer. — Hellen Rogers, Talent

There are two reasons to vote for Jeff Merkley to become your next U.S. senator in place of Gordon Smith, the incumbent.

Merkley knows Oregon well, he has accomplished many good things as a public servant, most recently as speaker of the Oregon House, and he is bright and capable and is passionate about doing the right thing for Oregonians and the country.

Second, Smith at times talks as a moderate voice but when the votes count he is in the Republican camp, especially on cloture votes which prevent the Democrats from moving forward legislation in the Senate. By electing Jeff Merkley that means one more vote on the side of progressive legislation needed right now. Think Iraq, the economy and your quality of life.

Visit Merkley's Web site and see for yourself. This is a contested seat and your vote can make a difference. — Steve Haskell, Ashland

Contrary to the opinion of the Oregon Supreme Court, (MT article Aug. 15), foul and abusive language is most often not used as an expression of free speech; rather, this language is used to hurt another person (a form of punishment), and possibly to give rise to violence. People suffering a physical or mental handicap are the most vulnerable to the harm this kind of abuse can cause.

As far as self-expression goes, those who use foul or abusive language against others (beyond horseplay among friends) are expressing much about themselves, including disregard for the feelings or humanity of others, fear or discomfort at what or who is different and submission to primitive emotions. Can something said under the influence of hate or ignorance really be free speech? — Bill McWhorter, Medford

Hello! I'm the "naked lady," Earth Friend Gen, and there's a new generation emerging: The Biogeneration! We're humans from all generations who value life as our greatest possession. We live by intent, word, action, love and light. We know that truth+love+light=God=life.

We live in a war-torn world controlled by the pentagram of poison power: The Pentagon, petrochemicals, plastics, pharmaceuticals and pesticides. They use their unholy cross of control to manipulate the masses: Television, mass media, church and school. (There are alternative churches and schools but any institution that does not make purifying ourselves and the planet top priority is the problem.)

In the last 100 years, this planet's adults have poisoned the air, water and soil — the basic preconditions of life. It's alarming that the clothing industry uses 10 billion pounds of poison per year — pesticides, chemicals and dyes.

Do you know that our public schools feed our children pesticide-laced, plasticated funny-farm foods? The system fills our little ones with all kinds of "vaccines" and treats them like guinea pigs in a genetic engineering experiment.

Concerned parents, please get your priorities straight! Take responsibility for your own choices, remove the distractions holding you back, and be the sustainable solution now! — Gennifer Moss, Ashland

In his Aug. 5 column, Paul Greenberg reveals that he's still smarting over the comments that Richard Nixon made to journalists in 1962. Good. Nixon's comments were well-deserved and long overdue.

Journalists in 1962 were even more biased than today's journalists. They were little more than hatchet men who marched to the cadence calls of Edward R. Murrow.

Greenberg and others have had nearly half a century to examine their own attitudes and behavior since Nixon burned them with those justifiable words. If, at this late date, objectivity and humility still elude them, then let them whine. — Ron Smith, Medford