I have to agree with Daniel Rueff, Ashland (Nov. 9): "What were the voters thinking?" How in the name of heaven could they re-elect a governor that helped create the disastrous budget situation we Oregonians now live with?

I have to agree with Daniel Rueff, Ashland (Nov. 9): "What were the voters thinking?" How in the name of heaven could they re-elect a governor that helped create the disastrous budget situation we Oregonians now live with?

For 16 years the Democrats have ruled Oregon causing higher taxes, loss of social services, loss of school funds and extreme high unemployment. They held majorities in both houses and the governorship all that time. What part of the adage "keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result" don't they get or understand?

I certainly hope no one expects any good news out of Salem for the next four years. Just more of the same and it's very sad. — P. Moran, Medford

After reading both Mr. Allen's and Mr. Smith's guest opinions I checked and agree with Smith.

The feds say that employment will not improve for five years. Jackson County unemployment stays at 13 percent if not higher. Mr Allen (union rep) admits to a $3.2 billion state shortfall but still wants a raise for government workers.

MSNBC states that throughout the nation the public retirement system is so far in debt they cannot cover it. How could they when they retire at three to five highest years' salary?

However, the federal government wants to cut Social Security benefits for which we and employers paid over at least 30 years — not the last few years.

Through our taxes we pay public employees' salaries and benefits while they pay nothing into ours so we pay twice, once for us and once for them, and the governor wants to cut ours but says nothing about any change in federal or PERS pensions. Are they special above the rest of us?

Go figure.

Until the economy and employment changes no one in public employment should receive raises, from governor to county commissioners. — Antone Pedersen, Central Point

For those who are willing to sacrifice their personal liberties to federal government TSA agents in order to feel safe aboard an airplane, here is a message from the past: "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." — Benjamin Franklin.

To the TSA agents who claim they are "just doing their job" by performing unconstitutional illegal searches and seizures at airports, it is recommended you read the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution especially the Fourth Amendment, which states: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

The TSA at the airports is ignoring and overthrowing the people's God-given, constitutionally guaranteed right against illegal searches and seizures. The TSA thinks the searches are reasonable. Many among the people being searched do not think the searches reasonable. To whom is the government answerable? Isn't it to the people? — Randall Hale, Medford