Many thanks to the wonderful people in northeast Medford with their magical Christmas displays.

Many thanks to the wonderful people in northeast Medford with their magical Christmas displays.

As we traveled up one street and down the next we were entranced with the imagination, dedication and hard work put into the decorations. As residents of Barnett Woods we have enjoyed our visits throughout the area each year to see the displays.

I know we didn't get to every street, nor did we get to see every display, but it is our great joy to share in the Christmas spirit. Each year we sign up for the bus trips to see the Christmas lights. Each year we have to have one more trip than originally planned so that no resident will miss the fun. Your efforts are so appreciated and bring lots of joy to our residents. Thank you, thank you. We'll see you again next year! — Margie R. Ziegler, Medford, on behalf of Barnett Woods residents

It couldn't have happened without you! Many thanks to all ACCESS Food Share Garden volunteers who had a hand in growing the 58,700-plus pounds of fresh vegetables provided to ACCESS food pantries and food distribution sites this year

Over 150 individuals gave a few hours each week to tend ACCESS gardens in Central Point, Gold Hill, Medford, Rogue River and the VA-SORCC, guided by 12 dedicated volunteer managers. Service groups and students also pitched in, including the eighth-graders of Rogue Valley Adventist School, Sodexo staffers, Oregon National Guard reservists, Compass Group USA, Young Marines, Crater High students, SOU civic engagement volunteers, Rogue Valley Christian Church Sunday schoolers, Safeway store managers, Community Justice work crews, Central Medford and South Medford High students, Target employees and U-Turn for Christ. A big hug to all who got their hands dirty. Hope to see you next year in the garden. — Nan King, Medford, ACCESS Food Share garden developer

Kudos to Governor Kitzhaber for his moratorium on the death penalty (MT, Nov.23). He hit the nail on the head when he said the death penalty didn't make us safer nor make us nobler as a society.

The governor's declaration was most welcome. It was a forceful affirmation of life, a blow to what is increasingly becoming a culture of death. Would that the governor also end the executions of children in the womb.

Mr. Kitzhaber supports legal abortion. During the 2010 election he enjoyed the support of such abortion promoters as NARAL and Planned Parenthood.

Since 1973 there have been over 53 million abortions in the United States. Actions have consequences. The unrelenting assaults against children in the womb have spawned, so to speak, lethal viruses infecting every fabric of society. Now almost every day we hear of killings everywhere: in homes, schools, courts, churches, and yes, the mother's womb has become the most deadly for a child. Abortions have made us a less gentle people. Christmas reminds us fondly of Mary. The simple maiden from Nazareth chose life to give birth to Jesus. And Jesus is the reason for the season. May we too choose life. Merry Christmas! — Terry Durin, Medford

The United States Post Office has been self-supporting since its beginning. What other government agencies are? I would like to know.

A mistake was made some 30 years ago when UPS, a private company, was allowed to take over the profitable parcel post delivery. Now the Postal Service indicates the need to curtail some of its services and close many post offices. I know that email is being used more than letter writing, but a lot of us do not have that privilege. If banks, car companies, foreign nations, etc. can receive our government aid, it makes no sense in our losing many years of good postal service. Contact your representatives now! — E.J. Williams, Jacksonville