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Report both sides

Why is it that your newspaper doesn't publish articles like (those in) from the Siskiyou Times?

You put articles in stating how healthy forest fires are for the forest. Aren't you concerned about people's health. It's people that buy your paper, not trees.

It's trees that give you pulp that you print on. It's trees that give us lumber to build our homes. It's the harvesting of trees that allows the forest services to pay its workers and to give it enough money to counties that it operates in. Without harvesting, taxes go up in order to finance service.

I have the view that newspapers should present the news, and that when it gets into educating its readership, it should present both views so that its readership could make educated decisions.

Evidently you don't trust your readers' intelligence, instead you choose to mislead. Grow up. ' John Morone, Medford

Improve recycling

I am concerned about the environment. I'm only 12, but have been involved in environmental awareness for a long time now. In fact, for my whole life.

Starting with recycling. I've been recycling for my whole life, and so, when I finish the newspaper or drink the last drop of orange juice, it doesn't seem right to just throw it out.

Where I used to live (we just moved here a while ago), you could recycle everything! And there wasn't the hassle of taking the cans and bottles to a machine either. Here, there are only six things on the recycling list. On the list of recycables of my former town, there were 13.

On recycle day (for curbside recycling) I do not see hardly any bins out on the street. Terrible.

The cities of Southern Oregon (and every other city in the world) need to incorporate a better recycling program. World resources are dwindling, and we need to take some action. Because it is our responsibility. No matter how much we ignore it.

And if we don't do something about the problems we face, who will? ' Kathy Lerner, Eagle Point

Greystone Court says thanks

We, the residents of Greystone Court, want to thank all the generous people who made our third annual food drive a resounding success.

With the help of volunteers from ACCESS and the incredible generosity of those who came by to enjoy our Christmas light show, we were able to collect approximately 5,000 pounds of food and &

36;5,350 in cash. With this, ACCESS is able to serve 38,946 meals to our community. We pray that this annual event continues to become an increasing successful tradition for this community aimed at brightening the Christmas holiday season, not only for those in need, but for all of us.

Christmas lights brighten our street, but it is the spirit of Christmas that brightens our hearts. We would especially like to thank the seven donors who collectively gave us &

36;1,400 in cash, and the McLaughlin children, Dwight, Ashley and Brod, who brought us a pickup load of food.

We hope to see all of you again next year. ' Doug and Barbara Rush, for all the residents of Greystone Court

Story led to dogs' adoption

I would like to compliment both Jim Craven and Jill Briskey for the great story on Jan. 12 on the Homes for Hounds. We were able to adopt out six greyhounds to great homes.

We thank you so very much for giving us press time and caring. ' MaryAnn Peterson, Ruch

Dismiss non-essential staff

Maybe it would be more advantageous for the students if all non-essential school personnel were dismissed, rather then eliminate 10 days of much needed classroom instruction. ' Lu Vobora, Medford

Whose tiresome message?

Regarding George Will's column, Tired rhetoric from the left (Mail Tribune, Jan. 23): Will belittles anti-war demonstrators for urging President Bush to heed John Lennon (Give peace a chance).

Long before Lennon, another liberal urged that we give peace a chance. He, too, was ridiculed, and eventually crucified, by those who found his message tiresome. ' Bill Sherwood, Medford