Where was the Mail Tribune'
On Tuesday, July 8, all of the major national newspapers gave front page coverage to the story that President Bush, in his State of the Union address quite probably lied in stating that Iraq had attempted to secure uranium for a nuclear weapon. The Mail Tribune? Nobody home. Wednesday and Thursday? Mail Tribune is still mum about Bush, but a rescue melodrama got 9 inches of ink. And an aging tourist trap gets big ink and a big picture above the fold. Still nothing from the Mail Tribune on a major national issue .
Bush lies and the Ashland Daily Tidings covers it but the MT can't open an eyelid. The MT's lack of interest in anything beyond Jackson County's borders except fluff and brainlessness is pathetic. The editor should be fired. ' Don Stone, Ashland
Researching trick or treat
I'm researching how children celebrated Halloween in the first half of the twentieth century, and I'd like to make an appeal to older readers for help. October magazines of the period 1900-1950 are full of what adults did at Halloween parties, and newspapers from Nov. — have plenty of information about what pranks were perpetrated. But a great deal of Halloween activity seems to have never made it into print:
What did small children and preteens do on Halloween before the advent of trick-or-treating? What did you call it? How did teenage boys get out of the house on Halloween, when it was probably obvious they were going to get into mischief? How much advance planning went into their pranks? What did they call it? We're going, what?
How did you make the transition from pranking to trick-or-treating? What did you call it before you called it trick-or-treating? When did you first hear the words trick or treat?
— Thank you in advance; please send your memories to the address below, including dates and locations when you can. ' Ben Truwe, 240 S. Grape St., Medford, OR 97501 firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't buy foreign-made goods
We may not be able to control what city councilmen do with regard to allowing a Wal-Mart superstore in our midst, but there is something we can do that impacts Wal-Mart in a way that will make them want to leave. Stop shopping there! I know it can be done, as I ceased going there two summers ago when I noticed about everything in their store was made in other countries.
If it is not made in the USA, then don't buy it. Anywhere. You will be saving money as well as jobs of Americans. In the not too distant future, stores that buy overseas will get the message. Also, complain loudly to management, helping to make others aware of what's happening.
Fight back where it hurts. If we don't do something, pretty soon there will be no jobs left in our country. And don't think all those employees who lost manufacturing jobs can get other jobs.
There will be fewer service-related jobs available, too, since there are plans to allow foreign countries to bid for those jobs as well. Wake up, folks. ' Valerie McCluskey, Medford
Intervention doesn't work
In his July 5 letter Waylon C. Lenk perpetuates the myth that FDR brought America out of the Great Depression by implementing the economic policies of John Maynard Keynes.
The reality is government intervention by Herbert Hoover prevented the economy from recovering and FDR's further intervention made a bad situation worse.
Hoover and FDR should have remembered the Depression of 1920. Woodrow Wilson was incapacitated by a stroke so by accident did nothing. Incoming President Harding had the good sense to purposefully do nothing. The invisible hand of the free market brought the economy back to good shape as it always will if left alone by politicians.
Eastern European countries that follow Ludwig Von Mises economic theory have done much better than those that cling to the nonsense of John Maynard Keynes.
History is on the side of Von Mises. Keynes belongs on the rubbish heap. Government intervention will only hinder and never help any economy.
An in-depth study can be found in the book, America's Great Depression by Murray Rothbard. ' Robert K Stock, Medford
Thanks for helping
On July 3, 2003, my daughter and I were shopping at Wal-Mart in Medford. We drove away to our next stop, and in getting out of our car we then noticed my daughter's purse was not with us. We hurried back, saying many prayers that we'd find the purse. Sure enough, it had been turned in and everything was still in it. The store told us two kindly women returned it. We, of course, do not know their names, so hopefully they will see this and know how many thanks were said. Bless you for being there and finding it.
Our sincere thanks to whomever you are. ' Pauline DeDominic and Les-An Alfrey, Central Point
How much must we spend?
In a recent editorial David Kennedy made an excellent point regarding the impact of education on our state. For our citizens in Oregon and the entire country, to compete on the world stage a good education is mandatory. I could not agree more with his analysis.
The problem is his solution is more money and higher taxes. This is always the standard solution to any alleged problem with any government program: more money and higher taxes. How much more money is never discussed. How high should the taxes be is never discussed. All we taxpayers ever hear is more money, higher taxes, more money, higher taxes. If more money is provided, what guarantee will government provide that a good education will result? Government will never guarantee results.
Oregon already spends more money per student than Washington and California and also more than the national average. All reliable studies clearly show that there is no relationship between government spending and the quality of education. The question for David is, How much money is required to produce what results? ' C. Andrew Beck, Medford
None dare call it stupidity
The rest of the world cannot understand how the people of the U.S. cannot see that their republic is being stolen and transformed into an imperial state, with a hatred for civil liberties and military power unknown in the history of the world.
They also understand, unlike their American brothers, that this will only hasten the possible extinction of the human species. The restoration of the planet needs the money, not the military industrial complex.
To quote Harold Pinter, British playwright:
Bush and company are determined, quite simply, to control the world and the world's resources. And they don't give a damn how many people they murder on the way. (CounterPunch,) ' Leon Guillotte, Williams
Clean the air
On June 30, June Wells wrote an article about keeping our air clean. She explained very clearly what is happening to our supposedly clean air in this area.
I certainly do agree with her. Many of us walk several miles outside nearly each day. Our eyes, nose and breathing tell us that our air quality isn't quite as good as it is said to be. This is discounting pollen and smoke from other areas.
Improvements can be made such as testing additional types of motorized equipment, tightening controls on all types of industrial pollution and widening the inspection area. We should all work toward improving our air before it becomes unbearable. ' James W. Harrison, Medford
Rein in supreme foolishness
You should understand something troubling about the attitudes of some of the Supreme Court justices. In an interview last week for ABC News, Supreme Court Justices Breyer and O'Connor suggested that the U.S. Constitution should be subordinated to world opinion and decisions by the World Court.
To his credit, Justice Scalia said that ... this court should not impose foreign moods, fads or fashions on Americans and that the Supreme Court is the product of an (out of touch) law-profession culture. Their oath of office was to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, not world opinion or dictates of a European World Court which is appointed by European politicians. Time to rein in this supreme foolishness. ' Lowell Nicolaus, Butte Falls