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A right to peace and quiet

Regarding barking dogs, neighbors have a right to peace and quiet in their neighborhood, irregardless of the time. My neighbor's two dogs do not simply bark in greeting and warning. They bark at every sound in the neighborhood and even when it's completely quiet. They start to whine before my neighbors back out of their driveway and it only gets worse from there. I have yet to hear them ever tell the dogs to be quiet or take them inside when they are barking.

I will continue to complain about the dogs' barking until the owners get it and do something about it, like they have been court-ordered to do. I have the right to file a complaint when I am being disturbed day after day. I do nothing to disturb my neighbors or the neighborhood in general and don't think the same consideration is too much to ask in return. If owners of barking dogs don't want to pay fines and be cited, they can either get rid of the dogs or move out of the city limits. ' Kelleigh Duncan, Medford

Secure the borders

For a nation to exist it must have secure borders. The writers of the U.S. Constitution recognized this and included a naturalization process allowing aliens to legally enter this country. They expected the federal government to secure our national borders. Naturally, they could not have anticipated that a couple of elected officials, after having sworn to uphold the Constitution, would pander to illegal aliens.

These politicians have introduced a misleading law named Border Security and Immigration Improvement Act (HR2899) (S1461). Both the Senate and House version of the bill do nothing to improve the immigration situation nor enhance border security. Instead they give amnesty for millions of illegal aliens already here and allow millions of foreign workers to become citizens after three years of residence. This will encourage even more illegal immigration and further erode our borders.

I urge anyone alarmed about uncontrolled immigration to contact your senators and representatives in opposition to all amnesty legislation for illegal immigrants. ' Henry Stevens, Medford

4-H teaches skills

National 4-H Week is Oct. 5 through Oct. 11. Every year hundreds of youth in our community participate in the 4-H program. 4-H is a self-supporting, nonprofit organization that was formed in the early 1900s to promote youth to become good citizens. The value of 4-H reaches beyond this by teaching skills such as responsibility, leadership and public speaking while offering knowledge in project areas including animal science, home economics, technology and shooting sports. Members are also encouraged to be active in the community by doing various community service projects.

To find out more about becoming a member or a leader, please call the Jackson County Extension Service at 776-7371. ' Laura Armstrong, 10th grade, Medford

Good news

Good news is front and center! My thanks to Mark Freeman and the Mail Tribune editorial staff for Return to the Creek (Oct. 6). To see the success of Oregon's salmon-restoration plan must excite all Oregonians. The relatively easy and inexpensive fix should rapidly extend throughout the state. Go ODOT and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife! ' R. Kaufman, M.D., Medford

Bush has outed himself

Bush has joined a campaign against gay marriage and proclaimed Oct. 12-18 as Marriage Protection Week. He states his administration is working to support the institution of marriage by helping couples build successful marriages and be good parents, and that marriage is a sacred institution and its protection is essential to the continued strength of our society.

Organized discrimination of any kind does not strengthen our society, and it does not make successful marriages or good parents.

President Bush has outed himself as a bigot! ' Cori Cooper, Talent