Amos Alonso Stagg, second only to Knute Rockne and Joe Paterno, was a famous coach who withdrew the University of Chicago from the Big Ten in 1932 because he believed that college sports was superseding the goal of a college education: education. A decade later, the world's first sustained nuclear fission reaction was achieved in Chicago under the stands of Stagg field.

Amos Alonso Stagg, second only to Knute Rockne and Joe Paterno, was a famous coach who withdrew the University of Chicago from the Big Ten in 1932 because he believed that college sports was superseding the goal of a college education: education. A decade later, the world's first sustained nuclear fission reaction was achieved in Chicago under the stands of Stagg field.

I briefly played second-string linebacker there in the shadow of giants and to the tune of a half-time marching kazoo band. Occasionally, band members would moon the audience as a tribute to rah-rah. So Duck fans, do you wish your children to get a good education, or do you wish to brag that your imported running backs are better than others' home-grown running backs? — Dr. Gerald Holmquist, Shady Cove

I agree with Jeff about piping water to the drought zones in the Midwest. He suggested piping water from the Northwest, but I say why not pipe it from the eastern and Southeast states?

They have these massive rainstorms and flooding almost year-round, and it floods everybody and eventually flows into the Gulf of Mexico.

That water could be diverted to the drought areas in the Midwest plains and Texas where it stays dry all the time.

The farmers in the Midwest and Great Plains areas have drilled deep wells into the aquifers and are draining the aquifers dry for irrigation water.

The flood waters from the eastern states and the rivers, especially the Mississippi River, could be diverted to the drought areas and the Great Plains and pumped into the underground aquifers to replenish the water that has been drawn out of the aquifers over the years.

I have wondered for years why the government didn't do this but I guess the politicians were too busy starting wars and sending all of our money for foreign governments to rebuild countries we have destroyed.

Just think of all the jobs that could be created by building pipelines and dams and whatever it takes to get the water to where it's needed. I'm with you, Jeff. — K.C. "Don" Maddox, Ashland

So you brilliant folks at the MT would rather see a madman methodically shoot one person after another until his gun jams, rather than an armed citizen with a gun fighting back? And you also speculate the number of dead and wounded would be higher if somebody with a gun did fight back?

Aren't these the same deep thinkers who claimed that if citizens were allowed to carry concealed guns, there would be Wild West-style shootouts in the street? Yeah, that didn't happen either.

I run into people all the time here who proudly proclaim they do not subscribe to the MT, and if I owned News Corp. I would gut the entire staff of the MT and replace them with clear thinkers who would attract readers with facts instead of this kind of absurd speculation.

MT, you don't have a clue what might have happened had a citizen with a gun began firing back, but we all know this: It is better to have a gun and not need it, than to need a gun and not have it, and when seconds count, the cops are only minutes away. — Carl F. Worden, Eagle Point