I have yet to visit a city and be impressed by the parking structures or large office buildings such as Lithia.

I have yet to visit a city and be impressed by the parking structures or large office buildings such as Lithia.

A new public swimming pool should be in the works, now. Also Liberty Park.

The Planning Commission should focus on making the downtown inviting. Vogel Plaza is very nice, but the theme needs to be carried out on adjacent blocks. Those blocks being where the existing buildings are old and have character.

If the owners would bring sites up to code on plumbing, heat, etc., I believe small businesses would come. — B. Smith, Medford

The low line canal along Rogue River Highway has been running at full capacity for two days. This has flushed out the debris so patrons should be able to begin accessing water. The story for the gravity canal above Rogue River highway is not so good.

The water level at Cloverlawn is still 12-16 inches below operational level. There are at least two streets with no water, Rivaway and Mountain View Place, plus any other patrons that rely on gravity feed. The Daily Courier reported that water "should" be available to all patrons by Wednesday, May 18.

Dan Shepard has been keeping the GPID patrons up to date on the GPID website, www.gpid.com, which is a big help since The Daily Courier has stopped publishing any articles on the status. I am sure Dan and the Daily Courier will continue to report on the water status in the paper and on the GPID website so the 7,000 patrons that pay $2 million to $3 million per year can be informed in a timely manner. — Jim Frego, Grants Pass

Recently, almost all the Republicans in the U.S. Senate rejected an attempt to end billions in tax subsidies for big oil, the world's most profitable industry. In contrast, all but three Democratic senators voted to move S 940 forward.

This bill also would have closed a loophole that enables oil companies to disguise foreign royalty payments as taxes and reduce their domestic tax bill. All savings under the bill would have been applied to reducing federal budget deficits.

House Republicans had earlier voted to block efforts to repeal tax subsidies for big oil, at the same time voting to take away tax credits for small-business health insurance.

Exxon Mobil profits are up big time this year and yet pump prices remain high. It doesn't take rocket science to figure out who supports Main Street and who favors the big corporations.

Oregon Democrats Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley voted to support S 940. These men as usual leave no doubt that they're on the people's side. — Don Morris, Ashland

You'll notice newborns can't think rationally. They've no concept of time or self.

Newborn humans have less functional capability than a cow. Seriously. A cow can recognize danger and communicate with other members of its group. Newborns can do none of that. Additionally, newborn infants are nonviable; they need others to care for, feed and protect them.

Based on this, should we legalize killing newborns? Or isn't it clear a newborn's current incapacity doesn't negate her human rights? Isn't it obvious a newborn's weaknesses are exactly what obligate her parents to care for her?

Consider that same infant, seven months before birth. She can't think rationally. Like the newborn, she's functionally useless. Like the newborn, she can't survive on her own. Isn't it clear her current incapacity doesn't negate her human rights? Isn't it obvious her weaknesses are exactly what obligate her parents to care for her?

Consider that same human being moments after conception. She can't think rationally. Like the newborn, she's functionally useless. Like the newborn, she can't survive on her own. Isn't it clear her current incapacity doesn't negate her human rights? Isn't it obvious her weaknesses are exactly what obligate her parents to care for her? — Jake Layer, Medford