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Letters to the editor

Tax cuts starve services

Make no mistake: the Bush tax cuts are not only for the very wealthy, they are also designed to starve the government.

In conjunction with the ballooning deficits, these tax cuts will hobble future administrations in efforts to deal with social problems, health care, and education, not to mention environmental concerns. Clam dever. ' Don Reynolds, Ashland

The oil wells are safe

American troops have secured the Iraqi oil fields; the oil wells are safe.

Hospitals and schools have been destroyed, water, electric and phone services have been knocked out, but the oil wells are safe.

The Iraqi Museum and its antiquities are gone, but the oil wells are safe. Looting is widespread, but the oil wells are safe.

— Tell me again, Mr. President, that this war is not about oil. ' Jura Sherwood, Medford

What will we reap from Iraq?

From my own experience at both ends of a gun during war ' and knowing what I do of the lives of other combat veterans ' I can only imagine the immense toll on our future society to deal with the psychological trauma of all those who are now deciding whether to blow away that old man staggering toward them, in the name of country and a merciful Christian god.

We do reap what we sow. ' Paul Tipton, Applegate

... and, where were you?

In response to those who question where the demonstrators were when Saddam Hussein was spreading poison gas upon the Kurds, be assured that for years most had been hard at work to end the manufacture, sale and distribution of chemical and biological weapons worldwide.

They were warning us about the dangers of the proliferation of arms to dubious governments. If you did not hear or see them it is because you chose not to, or you just didn't care. Marches and demonstrations were the last resort, after all other efforts had failed.

More to the point, where were you when the U.S. helped install Mr. Hussein in power, merrily providing said weapons to him?

For those who self-righteously proclaim that this war is about freeing a repressed nation from a brutal tyrant, why didn't we hear the same concern for the repressed and brutalized in Central and South America, where people disappear daily, where whole villages are massacred?

After the smoke of Baghdad has cleared and the troops are home, who do you think will continue the fight against weapons of mass destruction and U.S. support of brutal regimes elsewhere? And where will you be? ' Mary Madsen, Medford

Taxes OK, subsidy isn't

A recent letter suggests that folks who voted for the tax increase go ahead and donate the calculated amount to entities that would have received it.

Thanks, but no, thanks! There are too many folks who are living in homes they can't afford, buying cars and trucks they can't afford, and generally trying to keep up with the neighbors, all the while complaining that they can't afford to pay their taxes. I certainly don't plan to subsidize them.

An owner on Medford's upper east side recently complained that he's being taxed out of his half-million dollar house. Well, if he can't afford the taxes, he can't afford the house! Taxes are our obligation to support our civil infrastructure, including schools, police, roads, and so on.

Part of the problem may be an influx of people who don't have a stake in Oregon, don't consider themselves Oregonians, just live here. The publicity we got from Doonesbury should attract more of the same.

Nope, the tax increases are the job of the legislators who spent big bucks to get elected, and if they'll pass the increases, I'll support them, just as I supported Measure 28.

But I won't hold my breath. ' Guy Parker, Prospect