Sunday's July 24 MT via Dear Amy, page 5C, featured "On wedding days and packing heat." Mentioned were family guests revealing the carrying of handguns.

Sunday's July 24 MT via Dear Amy, page 5C, featured "On wedding days and packing heat." Mentioned were family guests revealing the carrying of handguns.

No one is more aggressively pro-Second Amendment and pro-gun than myself. Yet with all due respect, this practice demonstrates poor judgment. Perhaps Massad Ayoob in his booklet: "In The Gravest Extreme: the Role of the Firearm in Personal Protection" (Chapter 11) states it best: "revealing the carrying of a gun is a temptation to be avoided. It serves no purpose; indeed in our society, it can detract from your public image."

"In The Gravest Extreme" is a must for anyone who owns a firearm for self defense/house protection, or who possesses a valid concealed carry permit. First printed in 1980, this book has withstood the test of the judiciary and courts for over 30 years and is endorsed by judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and law enforcement. It remains available from Lethal Force Institute/Police Bookshelf at www.ayoob.com.

Two other valuable resources on concealed carry include "The Concealed Handgun Manuel" by Chris Bird and "Armed and Female" by Paxton Quigley at www.paxtonquigley.com. — James A. Farmer, Ashland

The $14.2 trillion debt load averages $40,000 per person, which means my wife and I share $80,000 of this debt that cannot be resolved. America and the world have observed how politicians and academicians are mishandling the debt crisis.

Failure to resolve this crisis in a timely manner is an embarrassment to our nation, the greatest civilization of all time, and already costing each of us thousands of dollars, while Congress fails to act. Continued failure to act is nothing more than acting to fail.

Since Washington cannot resolve this, I have a solution: Gather a small group of our nation's business leaders, such as Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Jack Welch and Donald Trump, among others, and you will have a practical solution within two hours. That would leave the politicians and academicians with a solid plan to vote and pass.

Failure to do so would be solely the responsibility of Washington, and result in a catastrophic failure of the greatest economy in the world. Our nation awaits some action by the Senate, the House, and the White House. Let's grow our economy starting today, rather than stalling it indefinitely, and destroying it for generations. — Richard Heym, Medford

My stomach churns as I watch the machinations of the House regarding the debt ceiling and debt reduction. As has become apparent over the last few years, our legislators' focus has narrowed to only the re-election of themselves and their party.

In addition, our new young tea party Congress members have no knowledge of how our government works, and nor do they care. They think they're satisfying some kind of constituent need for some constituents who also have no such knowledge or regard.

Compromise is now a dirty word, and compromise has always been a mainstay of democracy. If this doesn't kill us, it definitely won't "make us stronger." It'll make them (who don't know or care) stronger, and there'll be continual hell to pay for everyone who loses everything.

They're not helping, improving or even changing how democracy works. They're shredding it into small pieces. — Don Azar, Phoenix

Is there any congressman or woman worth one teaspoon of salt? If there is, I don't know his or her name! Taxpayers provide Congress with salaries and gracious perks — why? Obviously, it is money going down a rat hole.

President Clinton left a surplus, but President Bush and his cronies started our country on the road to financial ruin. Now, President Obama must step forward and lead us out of this economic morass.

Will he? Can he? You make the call! — Shirley Boots, Medford

In regard to Mr. Pitts' diatribe against Fox News, it seems that the folks who criticize it the most are those who don't watch it. I'm not talking about the evening commentary programs, I'm talking about the daytime news programs. He cites a report that Fox only spent 30 minutes during the week on the News Corp. event. Actually, it aired the entire hearing from Britain. We weren't told what to think about the news, it showed us the news. The hacking was reprehensible, and News Corp. needs to be held responsible. Fox has never said otherwise.

What Mr. Pitts didn't mention was that during the presidential election cycle, Fox was rated as having given each party equally positive coverage. The other news sources had ratings that were overwhelmingly favorable to the Democratic Party. Somehow he left that bit of information out of his article. Guess it didn't fit his message. If you don't like Fox, don't watch. There are many folks who appreciate how they present both sides of an issue. Mr. Pitts obviously doesn't like this approach and doesn't like Fox. His bias shows. Look to your own reporting, Mr. Pitts. Try to get it fair and balanced. — Lynda Saling, Medford

The current street surfacing project that the citizens of Medford are having to endure is a fine example of a project mismanaged to the hilt. The delays, lack of updates, city work crews disturbing the peace at 4 a.m. (removing crosswalk paint in residential areas and then following up at 5 a.m. with a street sweeper) are all indicative of poor project management, both by the city and by the vendor.

I speak with some knowledge since I have been a successful project manager for the past 14 years. If I had ever let a project fall into such a mess as this resurfacing project, I would have been fired and probably not get another job.

To top it off, we now have to put up with workers yelling, at the top of their voices, the "F" bomb on East Main Street, as in "Where the "F" is the truck?" I would hope the city will think long and hard before they engage Valley Seal for any future projects. They have shown themselves to be incompetent and uncouth. — J. Rodrigues, Medford

When will government officials recognize a housing situation that needs attention? Residents of many manufactured home parks are being forced out of their homes by landlords whose only concern is maximizing profits. When rents increase out of proportion for those on limited incomes, many people find it difficult to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads and to pay other expenses.

After living in Meadow View Estates for 11 years, our space rent has increased from $250 per month to $461, which we find excessive. There are no amenities requiring maintenance. What can justify the increase except greed? Residents who can afford it have moved their units to private lots. Others have walked away and let banks foreclose.

Those units are often purchased by the park owner, who rents them until they sell. Residents are not allowed to sublease their homes, so we are at the mercy of landlords intent on profits, especially since our homes' value has decreased so drastically that it is impossible to sell them for the balance of the mortgage owed.

I respectfully ask legislators to do something to help preserve our communities and to maintain our lifestyle without having these landlords financially bankrupting us. — Janice De Chant, Medford