Thanks to the Olsruds

It was wonderful to read the article about the Olsruds. Having lived in the area since they opened Thunderbird I've been well aware of all they've done for the community. Also, judging from the longevity of so many of their employees, many staying to retire as well as those who work up the ladder to management level, they must treat those who work for them well.

At a time when there seems to be not enough concern for those who are struggling to make it from one day to the next the Olsruds deserve special thanks. They epitomize decency when we are bombarded with news of how little there is of that commodity where it is sadly needed.

Mary Ann Johnson

Jacksonville

No alternative

Our nation is swiftly moving into a socialist country, where "everyone owns everything" and "no one owns anything," where truth is not an absolute, and situation ethics are the order of the day. Do you want to live under these kinds of conditions?

Example: Hugo Chavez took control of Venezuela and turned it into a socialist nation. The nation was a major producer and exporter of oil, food and cattle, but now there is a 121 percent inflation rate. They have massive shortages of food, and children in some parts of the country are dropping out of school due to hunger. In a neighborhood near Caracas they found on average that the residents lost 30 pounds since the first of the year. Many are crossing over to Colombia to get food.

Let's face it, we have the best form of government and socialism will never work for us. There is no good alternative to democracy. Over 200 years has proven this statement to be true.

Gordon DeVos

Medford

Tax bill hurts teachers

The new tax law is bad for the working class, middle class and the poor. One group being targeted, surprisingly, are teachers.

For many years, teachers have been able to deduct $250 per year for school supplies bought for the class. I know many teachers who easily spend this amount in the early fall, as they prepare for students whose families cannot afford school supplies, while many spend even more of their own money to support students' needs. Notebooks, quality pencils and folders, add up as families struggle with making ends meet, while paying school fees and new clothes for their children for the school year.

Teachers often pick up this slack, as well as buying the morning snacks that students of all ages need while they try to make it to the free or reduced lunch provided for children who qualify. Teachers, school counselors or school nurses buy those snacks because they know that children who are hungry can't pay attention.

I wonder the reason for this change in the tax law? I wonder who will pick up the slack now?

Heidi Heidig

Ashland

Help horses

What can be done about the two horses at the corner of Orchard Home and Stewart Avenue? I have watched these poor horses for the past winters standing in mud up to their knees. I don't see a dry place for them to lie down. The mud is not good on their hooves. It looks like cruelty to me.

They stand and look so sad with their heads down. Please people do something!

Myrna Bradley

Medford