The MT reported that Sens. McCain, Roberts and Chambliss complained to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack about money spent on a "Know Your Farmer" program, in spite of $5 billion in government subsidies to commodity producers and $7 billion to the crop insurance industry.

The MT reported that Sens. McCain, Roberts and Chambliss complained to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack about money spent on a "Know Your Farmer" program, in spite of $5 billion in government subsidies to commodity producers and $7 billion to the crop insurance industry.

The senators' attitudes become more understandable when one considers that in the last 10 years, Chambliss has received nearly a million and a half dollars from agribusiness, $821,000 so far in 2010 alone. Roberts has been equally "bought" with close to half a million dollars so far this year.

If you believe it is important that we become less petroleum-dependent, you know that we don't need to be transporting our food thousands of miles and using petroleum-based fertilizers on soils exhausted by year after year of growing government-subsidized soybeans and corn. If you love your farmers, your growers' market and your good fresh food, contact these senators and tell them, "Hands off our local food." (P.S. I am not a farmer!) — Terry Stone, Ashland

Wow, I just read the letter by M. Isaak, the structural engineer who was offended by the footbridge.

I decided it was time to take a look at the Barnett Road footbridge; I had not been to that area recently. He or she sure hit the nail on the head as far as it looking like a "railroad trestle!"

Before moving here we looked at Bend. The footbridge was very reminiscent of Bend's downtown, which felt congested and the reason we felt that was not the place for us. This bridge next to the hotel gives a very cramped feeling to the area and does look old and rusty already.

It's confusing and dangerous enough in that area now, what with the really loooong on-ramps and off-ramps to the freeway, let alone driving toward that structure to access the freeway. It's too busy, too large for the area and yes, it looks rusty! The damage has been done, but at the very least paint the thing or something to lessen the eyesore.

I'm glad we're in Central Point, I'd hate to look at that thing on a regular basis! — L. Decker, Central Point

In response to Byron York's column, "Who told Obama offshore drilling is 'absolutely safe,' " he offers one of his typically disingenuous arguments in an attempt to paint Obama as less than the very intelligent man he is. While he goes on at length about how only a moron would think anything is absolutely safe, he fails to offer the full quote that would have offered clarity and explanation to the question he asks.

What President Obama said was, "A few months ago, I approved a proposal to consider new, limited offshore drilling under the assurance that it would be absolutely safe — that the proper technology would be in place and the necessary precautions would be taken." Perhaps using the word "absolutely" was not the best choice, but I think we can all see what was meant.

As for Mr. York, his arguments are always this juvenile, always this spurious, and always without logic or merit. Why do you, Mail Tribune, continue to pay this guy? — Nick Anderson, Central Point