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Engineer deserves mention

Aug. — was the 50th anniversary of KOBI. For some strange reason, my husband, Ed Malone, and his wonderful engineering crew weren't even mentioned. He was vice president and chief engineer of the company for 55 years until his death in 1996.

When he and William B. Smullin went to Washington, D.C.,` to apply for a license, the FCC engineers, after looking over the topographical map of this area, were very doubtful the signal would be available due to the mountainous terrain in the Rogue Valley. Apparently Ed convinced them that he could do it.

Bill always said that no one could tell an Irishman that something was impossible. He did it and we were very proud of him. The long days and nights of hard work were certainly worth the effort.

The children and I would sit in front of a blank TV screen for hours waiting for the first images. That was very exciting when they did appear. Nowadays, people take TV for granted. So a very happy birthday to KOBI. ' Jean Malone, Medford

Probe should be welcome

If there is nothing to hide, then an investigation should be welcome. The Bush administration should be saying, Bring it on! to having an investigation into how intelligence was used in making the decision to invade Iraq.

The point isn't whether taking Saddam out of power was a good thing. The point is, were we, the people of the United States, deceived about the imminent threat that Iraq posed to our country.

Old weapons programs are not an imminent threat. Buried parts of some so-called nuclear program, long since abandoned, do not pose an imminent threat.

We invaded Iraq without the support of the United Nations on the pretense that there was an imminent threat. Now the question is, can we trust our present administration to tell us the truth?

Let's clear this whole thing up and have an independent investigation into what led up to the Iraq invasion. This would eliminate speculation.

On another note, as this administration grows the deficit, shrinks federal aid to its citizens and pretends the economy is turning around, state legislators around the country struggle to make up for what's been taken away. This is a crisis that should not be ignored. '

Debra Herzog, Trail

Journalistically irresponsible

The editorial on Aug. 8, Beer or schools: the GOP's choice was misleading and journalistically irresponsible from the headline down.

The author criticized Gilman, Patridge and Richardson for supporting a substandard &

36;5.05 billion education budget but fails to mention that school districts will also benefit from over &

36;330 million from PERS reforms, a new health benefits pool and new retirements, bringing the actual number to well over &

36;5.3 million (Kulongoski's benchmark for approval).

If the MT editorial staff wants to discuss which politicians are backing up their fall 2002 campaign priorities, they should look long and hard at who is actually fulfilling Kulongoski's pledge to live within our means by cutting waste and steering us away from further tax increases. ' Jobie Grether, Medford

Sad commentary

It is unfortunate that landlord David Combs, in his letter of August — regarding no pets allowed, has had so many negative experiences with previous tenants and their pets. Perhaps had he been more discerning during his initial interviews with prospective renters and their pets he would have suffered less property damage.

For every destructive tenant ' for it is not the animal's fault that it is not looked after and trained correctly ' there are thousands of quality renters with pets who are beloved family members, well-trained and well-groomed (and nondestructive) who are not looking for charity, but even willing to pay extra deposit money up front in order to rent a home of their choosing.

It is a sad commentary that so many property owners in this lovely area are so rigid with their rules that they deliberately exclude the majority of property-respecting renters, allowing a few bad experiences, which occurred because of poor judgment, to narrow the field for so many fine prospective tenants. ' Jeanne Sherman, Applegate

Article slanted

Your article on elderly drivers was slanted. It draws a disproportionate amount of attention to only one group of vehicle drivers.

The caricature in Sunday's paper regarding the sale of an automobile previously owned by a little old lady who used it to run over people on Sundays was a new low. How could any respectable person print such biased and disrespectful material? How do you expect seniors to feel after that degrading rendering?

The accident in which a number of people were killed in Santa Monica, caused by an 84-year-old male driver, was horrible. However, accidents are caused daily by drivers who can be grouped either by drinking, cell phone use, distractions by someone in their car (often a child), hard of hearing, emotionally strained, mentally deficient, medically unstable, incapacitated by prescription or other drugs, rocking out to blasting music, distractions outside the vehicle, daydreaming or others. How about a report on all these classes of drivers?

I am a fast driver. I get agitated when someone is driving the speed limit or under. However, when I see that it is an older driver, I mentally apologize to them and think of my parents and my respect for them. ' James L. Bennett, Medford

Another exciting commentary

Here is another exciting commentary from Les AuCoin. I didn't realize that he has actually worked in the field as a professional forester, silviculturist and timber cruiser.

He has tailored his commentary with the help of his cronies from the Forest Service who don't want to do any type of salvage and commercial logging for fear it isn't politically correct. You can see why the Forest Service is in decline.

Les AuCoin hides himself at Southern Oregon University so he can feel very important and can use his political influence to confuse and misinform people to the true facts of forest management. ' Brett Holcomb, Talent

Opposed to Wal-Mart

I am writing in opposition to the building of the Wal-Mart superstores in both Central Point and Medford. The Medford area already has two superstores ' they're called Fred Meyer. In fact, both Fred Meyer stores would go from great to perfect if they add just one thing ' a complete automotive department, including lube and oil bays.

So to our county commissioners and Medford City Council: Instead of tearing down Miles Field, why not try to land another minor league team? My family loved going to see the A's play there.

And to the Central Point City Council: With all the new housing developments around the proposed site, why not a small park for the people to enjoy? ' Diana McCloud, Medford

OSP bill languishes

Sen. Lenn Hannon put forth his Senate Joint Resolution 13, which would transfer funding of the Oregon State Police Patrol Division from the general fund to the Department of Transportation Highway Fund, early in the session. It passed the Senate with 30 yes votes and was sent over to the House Rules and Public Affairs Committee. There it sits. Rep. Doyle, chairman of the committee, has sat on the bill without scheduling a public hearing.

If the Patrol Division funding were transferred, it not only would provide the OSP Patrol Division with dedicated funding, it would free up &

36;152 million a biennium (&

36;76 million a year) of general fund money for education and social services.

The OSP Patrol Division has shrunk from over 600 troopers in 1980, to 329 today. That level of manning does not allow even minimal patrol services for Oregon highways and police assistance to numerous small communities all around the state.

What has happened to the notion that the state legislature should provide for public safety? ' Lloyd N. Clodfelter, Medford

Finally being honest?

Is it just my imagination or is our president Bush finally being honest with Americans? So far he hasn't blamed this year's forest fires in the western United States on terrorists with weapons of mass destruction.

Next, I bet he'll be telling us how many barrels of oil we captured in his war on Iraq! ' Anthony Nye Haynes, Medford

It's only a canary

From one of the letters: Thirteen sucker fish found dead. My oh my. When the canary in the coal mine dies, the miners get the hell out. Fast. I have also heard: Who needs another owl?

Cut the trees and you better learn to swim. ' Victor Abel, Medford

District's priorities skewed

What are Eagle Point School District No. 9's priorities?

Outgoing superintendent Bill Jones is still part of the district's contract negotiations team even though the new superintendent, Dr. Bill Feusahrens, is on board and a consultant from the Oregon School Board Association has been hired to replace Jones as the head of that team.

Negotiations for a new contract have stalled. Staff is being told that days and/or staff will be cut if they do not accept the district's settlement offers. The district will not discuss class size with staff in negotiating a new contract.

The current proposed budget is one that is built on funding figures that reflect worst-case scenarios and inflated, inaccurate contributions to PERS. This budget also transfers about &

36;1.2 million of available funds to simply be held in reserve and increases spending for administration by over &

36;1 million.

It would seem that saving money and increasing spending in administration are larger priorities for School District No. 9 than supporting an atmosphere where students learn and employees feel valued. ' Richard F. Jorgensen, Shady Cove, teacher, Eagle Point School District No. 9.

Who would you trust?

I'm certainly satisfied that Les AuCoin's comments on natural resource issues are clearly labeled as opinion.

AuCoin unfairly labels Oregon State PhD professor John Sessions as lacking scientific credibility in his report on recovery alternatives for the Biscuit Fire disaster. This from a former congressman whose green pedigree makes his own impartiality and scientific credentials laughable by comparison.

Sessions: master's and PhD degrees in forestry-related disciplines, co-author of recent publications on biodiversity and sustainable forestry.

AuCoin: self-proclaimed expertise in how ambition and culture affect behavior. Who would you trust caring for our forests? ' Robert Smith, Medford

Choose your issue

I urge Americans to start proving they are intelligent, articulate, determined to fight for our country.

Choose your issue. Choose personal liberties, schools for our children, care for our poor, our elderly, our disabled, clean air, clean water, preservation of our wild areas. And then write, call, e-mail. This is not the time for apathy. ' Virginia C. Lemon, Ashland

The great equalizer

The June 29 Mail Tribune featured a true story titled, Dauntless pair won dare. A Norwegian immigrant mother and daughter trek across America from Spokane, Wash., to New York City in 1896. Their goal: A &

36;10, 000 wager by an anonymous promoter, which is reneged on later.

Helga and Clara Estby hoped to salvage their family's homestead following the 1893 economic depression. Casting off Victorian femininity and risking their family's future, both women attempt to travel unescorted: independent, audacious, alert, while packing a Smith and Wesson revolver.

This historic adventure is recorded in Bold Spirit, by Linda Lawrence Hunt. I ordered this paperback from University of Idaho Press at .

The revolver, a Smith and Wesson New Departure safety hammerless, is carried inside a handbag for protection. A top break five-shot revolver with grip safety , it's nicknamed the lemon squeezer. This pocket handgun was produced by Smith and Wesson of Springfield, Mass., from 1887 until World War II (1939-1945).

Then, as today, a concealable and accessible handgun provides cheap life insurance, protection, and security. It remains the great equalizer indeed! ' James A. Farmer, Ashland

Honoring the Olsruds

This letter is a bit late, but I feel it is important to publicly acknowledge this incredibly generous couple in our community. Sherm and Wanda Olsrud will not be remembered for the sumptuous lifestyle they led with their hard-earned dollars, but for what they gave to the community in which they lived.

When I first moved here from the East Coast 20 years ago, I could not believe how little food cost at Sherm's market. It was a great help to my young family to find a store in which essential food products were a bargain, just as they are today. As my family grew and started in 4-H sheep showmanship, the Olsruds were an ever-present sight at the auction barn.

More than that, I have personally seen the everyday generosity consisting of everything from a &

36;20,000 check for the YMCA capital campaign to &

36;20 given to an employee in need. A truly amazing sight only two years ago was to see Mr. Olsrud stocking shelves at Food-4-Less.

Their humility and generosity show us what it means to be good citizens. '

Catherine Cogdill, Central Point

Remember the animals

Recently, everywhere I go, people are talking about how hot it is, and that they've chosen to stay inside with the air conditioner. I'm writing on behalf of those who don't have that option ' outdoor animals.

All day they're out in the sun. Please take a moment to walk in their shoes (or hooves or paws). I know most of us are busy with our lives, but a bit of shade and some cold water could go a long way in the life of an animal who has fewer choices than we do.

Do that random act of kindness ' your heart will be glad you did! ' Chris Skalabrin, Central Point

The right direction

The world is full of surprises, but none more so than reading recently that Measure — was overturned by the courts.

You remember Measure 3, don't you? That's where Oregonians voted in the 2000 election to demand that police arrest and convict before they confiscate your property/assets.

Before the passage of Measure — all the police needed to take your property was probable cause/suspicion of a crime involving a controlled substance. Conviction of the crime was not necessary.

Most Americans have always felt we were guaranteed presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Our Constitution gave us that right.

My personal experience shows that is not true. Without being arrested, tried or convicted of anything, my property was seized. I am still trying to get it back.

It was a breath of fresh air when I recently read an article in the Mail Tribune that our new sheriff, Mike Winters, was quoted as being very careful about the public's civil rights, especially when it involves forfeiture of assets. Sheriff Winters states that property will not be seized unless there is an arrest and conviction.

Jackson County law enforcement finally seems to be headed in the right direction. ' Harry Detwiler, Ashland