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Where's the disapproval'

The Pope and other Catholic church leaders are scandalized by the thought of legalizing same-sex marriages. For what it is worth I agree.

Pity Pope and crew cannot embrace the same unified disapproval of priests molesting children! ' Don Basey, Eagle Point

Lying defined

Lie, verb ' 1) to make an untrue statement with the intent to deceive; 2) to create a false or misleading impression. Synonyms: lie, prevaricate, equivocate, palter, fib.

Note the importance of the intent to deceive the hearers. George Bush lied to lead us into war in Iraq. Thousands died.

The honor of the USA is stained. Impeach him. ' Terry Doyle, Ashland

Why are we still there?

Now that President Select Bush says the war is over and no WMD or Hussein or bin Laden can be found, why are we still in Iraq and Afghanistan? The people that live there don't want us and our young people are dying every day.

Maybe Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld should go over there and tell those people the same rhetoric they keep telling the American people. After all, they're not doing any good here in the U.S.A.

Oh, I forgot. Bush did get the no-call bill passed and raised a lot of money to allow him to tell more lies. That's really significant.

I just hope the people who are losing sons, daughters and other relatives remember this at the next election, along with the seniors and lower-income people.

Oh yes, where do I cash my tax rebate for &

36;2.40? How much did it cost to print it? ' Ted Erwen, Medford

Young people to the rescue

On Saturday, July 26 ( 100-degree-plus heat) we were showing our 89-year-old mother the sights in Ashland. She became ill, so we pulled into Big Al's Drive-in. We stopped the car and when we were able to leave the parking lot, the car refused to start. The employees at Big Al's were great, offering us the use of their telephone, giving us ice water, etc., while we waited an hour for the tow truck.

Thank you for your kindness. We really want to thank Kristen Lilly and her friend who were absolutely wonderful to us. They gave my mother-in-law (who could not negotiate the steps into the tow truck cab) and me a ride from Ashland to Medford. When this nice young couple helped us, Kristen only had one hour to take us to Medford and get back to Ashland to work at Macaroni's Restaurant.

This couple (both college students in Ashland) reaffirmed our belief that kindness and compassion have not gone out of style. We can all rest easy knowing the future of our nation rests in the gentle hands of people such as Kristen and her friend. ' Mike and Annie Roberts, Medford

Seniors need alternatives

In reference to J. Justin Gray's letter of July 22: Mr. Gray admits to having a big memory problem yet doesn't understand why he cannot get an Oregon driver's license. While some think their memory problems won't correlate to their driving abilities, they are sadly mistaken.

At 83 years old, one can expect to have diminishing capacities. Well before then these folks need to make plans for that point in their life where they may not be able to drive. Certainly, some people will remain fairly competent as they age, but others will not.

I am not insensitive to the problems that seniors face when coping with this loss as I've contemplated how I would feel in this situation as well. It's just that safety supersedes personal comfort.

Mr. Gray should not move back to Florida. He is just as prone to a diminished capacity there as he is here. Here he will have to cope with the unfortunately reality of aging and look for alternatives. Perhaps seniors need to look for another solution to this problem. Instead of fighting to drive when they are a danger to others, they should be fighting to get more adequate forms of transportation. ' Dina Rudesheim, Medford

Not just trees

A recent exchange of letters between Pat Clason and myself has vividly highlighted the differences between objective biologists and many foresters. At issue has been the claim that salvage logging degrades post-fire recovery and that our forest management policies are responsible for many of our current fire problems. Such claims are backed by an overwhelming number of peer reviewed scientific studies.

Biologists view forests as complex ecosystems that include all associated life ' not just trees. Clason demonstrates the timber industry's overly simplistic view by saying forests are equivalent to vegetable gardens. That someone can walk among 2,000-year-old redwood giants and see them as nothing more than carrots and tomatoes explains why only 4 percent of our virgin forests remain.

Clason also claims that foresters can help global warming by planting seedlings. Just what we need ' an industry that clearcuts old-growth giants and then claims to reduce global warming by planting seedlings!

Certainly one of the great failures of modern science is the inability of the timber industry to supply our wood products without having to clear-cut old-growth forests. Please contact your legislators, the BLM, and the USFS to voice support for preserving our remaining wilderness areas. ' Ken Crocker, Ashland

Three cheers for letter

Three cheers for Don Cramer's July 21 letters A cure for America! Liberals may consider his opinions politically incorrect, but he sure hit the nail on the head.

The 10 steps he lists for solving some of our problems only represent the tip of the iceberg, but at least it's a start. It's about time we put America first on our priority list and admit we can't solve all the troubles of each and every country in the world.

After we get our own affairs in order we'll be in a better position to offer assistance to other nations ' if they ask for it. Until then perhaps we should walk softly but carry a big stick, or is that old saying now obsolete?

Mr. Cramer, thanks for your honest and forthright views which are appreciated and shared by many of us. ' L. Dunn, Phoenix