My son and his same-sex partner do a lot of walking around the valley, and they quite often hold hands while doing it. For the most part they are treated like any other couple, and people are very nice.

My son and his same-sex partner do a lot of walking around the valley, and they quite often hold hands while doing it. For the most part they are treated like any other couple, and people are very nice.

Occasionally, however, people will show their ignorance and say something rude. Men in pickup trucks and kids in the back seats of cars have yelled derogatory names and insulting comments at them on at least two occasions.

Is this really the kind of ignorance we want to be teaching our children? Do we really want them to believe it's OK to be bigoted and hateful? If you have a religious conviction and teach your kids homosexuality is wrong, fine, that's your choice. But don't forget Jesus' teachings about loving the sinner but hating the sin and leaving the judgment to God.

To the woman at the North Fred Meyer with the car full of kids on Saturday: No, my son does not have a problem, but if you can ignore your kids being rude and disrespectful to strangers, then you do. Disagreeing with a lifestyle does not give you the right to be hateful. Everyone has an issue. What's yours? — Noni McCrillis, Talent

Democrats love to instill fear by insisting that Republicans want to end Social Security. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Any changes that a Romney administration proposed would exclude current beneficiaries and those 55 or older who are approaching retirement. Changes are essential if the program is to survive for younger workers. The retirement age should be incrementally increased to 70 as we are living longer, but more needs to be done.

In 2005, President Bush proposed an optional program that would place a portion of the Social Security deduction into low-risk personal savings accounts that would belong to each individual. Income from these accounts would supplement a reduced Social Security benefit. Congress failed to pass the legislation and a good opportunity was lost.

It's time to face the fact that the current program is going bankrupt. A Romney administration will work to implement a program to save it. — Valerie T. Smullen, Central Point

It is evident from Nicholas Follansbee's letter June 10 that he did not live through the Great Depression from 1928 to 1940. All FDR's deficit spending was able to do through his gift of gab was change the general public attitude from "despair" to "things can get better."

There was no change in the unemployment rate between 1932 and 1939. It was our armament buildup and supplying England through Lend-Lease that reduced the unemployment rate and started to improve our economy. World War II ended the Depression. Borrowing did not lead to prosperity, winning the war did. — Floyd Lamb, Medford