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Pedestrian not at fault

In response to Driver not at fault (Dec. 4), Mr. Chapman, the pedestrian on Table Rock Road, did not run out into traffic. He was in the crosswalk and the driver coming the opposite direction was able to see him and stopped before he was struck. So before you spout your opinions you need to have the facts straight. Table Rock Road is dangerous and the city needs to do something about it. ' E. Pulliam, Eagle Point

Monopoly on a name

On reading your article Apothecary sign must come down (Business, Nov. 27)

I felt like exclaiming with the fellow on TV's 20/20program: Give me a break!.

The word apothecary comes from the Greek word apothekie which means a place or building in which things ' any kind of things, not only medicines ' are stored; in other words,

a warehouse.

Why should pharmacies have a monopoly on the name apothecary since its use in English is based on mistranslation of the Greek? Even if some people walk into Alchemy Botanicals thinking it is a pharmacy, they will realize immediately they were wrong and walk out.

Surely, the state's Corporation Division should know its own laws before licensing a business and could have avoided causing this belated hardship. ' Aliki A. Collins, Phoenix

The Republican agenda

The Republican Party now controls all areas of the federal government: the White House, both houses of Congress (Senate and House of Representatives), the Supreme Court and soon all levels of the federal judiciary. On top of that they have the sympathy of corporate-owned media.

Given that, what can we expect? An examination of the Republican Party base may shed some light on what is to come.

The religious right is calling for a religious war against Islam and the establishment of a theocracy here in the United States. The Wall Street Journal, the voice of so-called fiscal conservatives, is calling for increased taxes on low- and middle-income Americans. The Wall Street Journal refers to them/us as the non-taxpaying class who are the lucky duckies.

I hope that is what Americans who voted for an all-Republican government wanted, because it appears that is what we are likely to get. ' Bruce Evans, Ashland

Learn the facts

In response to the letter to the editor on Dec. — titled Not sorry for teachers: Please get your facts straight.

To become a teacher, I spent five years in college and have over &

36;35,000 in school loans. I put in 12 hours a day during the week and there is never a weekend that I am not working at home. I am only paid for eight hours per day. I spend summers working odd jobs to make ends meet while taking classes to keep up my credentials.

I know I could make more money with less stress and need less education doing almost anything else. It takes love and dedication to be a teacher because the perks are not worth it.

As for PERS and medical benefits, it is nice to know that for how hard we work and with how many viruses we are exposed to that we can go to the doctor.

I was disappointed to hear how little appreciation there is for those of us who work so hard for the community. We are working harder with less resources to try to educate the next generation of adults and this is the thanks we get! ' Jennifer Casad, Central Point

Teachers are a bargain

In response to the letter Not sorry for teachers (Dec. 1), I wonder if the writer, talking about teachers working nine months per year, realizes what a bargain this is.

My wife is a teacher; she works 50-60 hours per week (planning lessons, calls from parents, correcting papers). These don't include the training, college classes, summer workshops she takes (paying with her own money, attending on her own time). Her salary is &

36;35,000 per year, minus expenses, and this is her 12th year. She doesn't earn overtime; if she were paid by the hours she worked she'd make &

36;100,000 per year.

I believe these dedicated instructors of our children and grandchildren are woefully underpaid for the work they do. To compensate them with time off (which they have earned; they don't accumulate vacation leave as in other careers) is a small reward. As for the fat PERS retirement the writer referred to, I invite him to take a look at my wife's last PERS account statement. It's pathetic.

Before you get angry with a teacher, I suggest you volunteer in their overcrowded rooms. The teachers would appreciate the help, and you would appreciate having to instruct 25-30 students every day. ' James L. Mecham, Medford