We were very grateful for the Page One story Sunday, Aug. 14 on music-thanatology and palliative care at RVMC. We wanted to clarify two aspects of the story.

We were very grateful for the Page One story Sunday, Aug. 14 on music-thanatology and palliative care at RVMC. We wanted to clarify two aspects of the story.

Many people have approached us with the same question: If the grant is for $238,000, why do we play only 10 hours per week?

The grant is for the development of the entire palliative care department at the hospital, which includes hiring and educating staff. We are contract workers doing a demonstration project - less than 4 percent of the grant is for music-thanatology. The demand for our services has already exceeded the hours we work, so we hope to find funding to expand our availability.

The article said that it takes 324 hours of training to become a music-thanatologist. That is how many hours we spent in our mentored internships with hospitals and hospice.The whole graduate-level training through Lane Community College lasts two years and also includes over 400 hours of classroom time.

Thank you for bringing music-thanatology to the attention of the Rogue Valley community.We are grateful to be able to serve in this way. — Elizabeth Markell and James Excell

Here we go again, another blitz to recreate a new persona for a Republican candidate, Texan Rick Perry. But what is Texas really like today after a decade of his governorship?

In education, Texas is 47th for state aid per pupil, 45th in SAT scores, 43rd for graduation rate.

In insurance it is first in percent of general population and children uninsured, 48th in percent with employer based health insurance, 49th in state per-capita spending on Medicaid and 50th in workers' compensation coverage.

As for the environment, it is first in CO2 emissions, toxic chemicals released into the water, carcinogens released into the air and amount of hazardous waste generated.

As for the economic health of its citizens, it is fourth in percentage of children living in poverty, 47th in median net worth and retirement plan participation, and 49th in average credit score.

Yes, Texas is an indicator, not of Perry's success, but of America's future under corporation rule. — Myrl Bishop, Ashland

Regarding your article on the cape seal paving, we would suggest that you look at the earlier work done on Littrell, Foothill and Fairway Circle. You will find that the cracks are not sealed, and on Littrell there are areas near Foothill where the seal did not stick to the other surface.

We would agree that if the life of the new product were as long as the asphalt, then use the product. But if the work done on the above-mentioned streets are any indication, then it is not going to be a cost-saver. — Roland Dow, Medford