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It's what he does

I see one of the nice Women in White is still supporting the troops. Wonderful ' they need it. But I wonder if she knows that her president and the Pentagon are proposing a monthly pay cut for the troops in Iraq by &

36;75 (imminent danger pay) and &

36;150 for family separation allowance, totaling &

36;225? How is that supporting our troops?

Once again, it's what Bush does, not what he says. Disgusting! ' Karen Asche, Medford

A Wal-Mart solution

I have a solution to the Wal-Mart situation. It's called an early withdrawal penalty. If they move out within 10 years, all their profits go back to the community.

In addition, charge a tax on non-inventory sale items. Wal-Mart makes huge profits by not paying for their stock inventory until it's sold. Small businesses can't even compete with that advantage. Don't forget what Wal-Mart is doing in Talent, or make the same mistake. ' Cedric Buckingham, Medford

What kind of madhouse

What kind of madhouse do we live in, to deserve a Legislature that wants to fund a baseball stadium when it won't find the money adequately to fund public education, universities, health care and other desperately needed social services? Are the diehard Republicans taking us back to the days of the dying Roman empire whose leaders built circuses to distract the plebeians from their real troubles? ' Richard M. Straw, Talent

Confused by analogy

In a recent letter I used a very easy-to-understand analogy to show why it is far faster to reforest a burned area by planting trees than to wait for a forest to evolve over several centuries. Ken Crocker, somewhat confused by analogy, made the ridiculous claim I had equated redwoods with carrots and forests with vegetable gardens. Please, Mr. Crocker, try to stay focused.

With regard to global warming: Trees absorb carbon dioxide and store the carbon in wood. The wood continues to store carbon until it rots or burns. Forest fires frequently kill trees but don't always render the wood unusable, so if we salvage the usable wood the carbon remains in the lumber and then planted seedlings store still more carbon. Decomposing woody material does indeed improve the soil but there is always plenty of unusable material after a fire.

Crocker laments that modern science has failed to produce enough wood volume. If the eco-freaks such as ELF would stop destroying years and years of valuable forest research we would certainly be further along toward Mr. Crocker's goal of more wood production. ' Pat Clason, Medford

All for Arnold

At first, I laughed. All I could think of was Arnold's twin, Danny DeVito, as lieutenant governor. (I'd pay to see that.)

However, considering Mr. Schwarzenegger is naive enough to be honest, and that there is a Kennedy connection, and that it is California, I'm all for him ... as I am for total recall.

When the political pros are failing, it's time to take a chance on a non-gang member.

I hope Arnold's miracle continues. This one is really fun! ' J.C. Mequish, Medford

Thanks for support

Thanks for the support

Once again, several Jackson County organizations have helped to make a difference in the lives of foster children and families in Southern Oregon.

On July 19, 2003, the North Medford Rotary and the Jackson County Homebuilders Association

hosted a picnic for over 200 people. Foster children and families enjoyed a barbecue, swimming, bounce house, balloon creations, raffle prizes and the tremendous hospitality and generosity of these men and women, headed up by Randy Jones and Judy Gauderman.

Saturday, Aug. 9, the folks at Craterian Performances Company

donated about 70 tickets to foster families for two performances of Hansel and Gretel. It was a delightful play and foster children and families enjoyed a wonderful time of music and culture.

Thank you so much to these fine people who are helping the abused and neglected children of Jackson County. If you would like to find out more about foster parenting or want to make a difference in the life of a child in other ways, you can get more information by contacting Penny Esser at Child Welfare Programs, 776-6120, Ext. 264. ' Penny Esser, Child Welfare