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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Interesting story

Your article on Saturday, A cottage revived, was great. Lou and Donna are wonderful people that have made and continue to make big additions to our community. It was very interesting to hear their story and the story of the Magruder House.

It would be a great addition to your publication to have similar articles on local historic homes and buildings each week. While I sometimes enjoy your feed articles on life in the Midwest and East, local articles like this are always interesting and educational.

It would help focus on why we should be saving historic homes and buildings in Southern Oregon rather than letting them rot so you can obtain permission to tear them down. They can never be replaced. ' Stan Lyon, Jacksonville

Send Bush to the moon

I believe that it's the right time to go back to the moon. Finally, Bush is making sense. Let's go back to where we once went.

One thing I can truly say about Bush: There are no surprises. We've spent enough money on Bush's dramas. His everything.

Bush is an open book. All one has to do is know the publisher.

— But back to my point. Bush and company should go to the moon. And stay there.

We need to make sure that there's a safe landing space here in America before we spend another dollar. Including the moon.

You know the rest. I don't have to bring up the past. It's present, as we live and die. Yes, America, help send Bush and the other president, Karl Rove, to the moon. ' Michael Long, Trail

People want boneheads

In reply to the Jan. 10 e-vent Breeding more boneheads: The people want boneheads like Bush for president, so that is why he has a lack of support for the schools.

So he might as well spend billions to blow up Iraq, billions to rebuild it, billions for the moon and Mars . This way, more boneheads like Bush will be president.

Maybe, too, these future boneheads will build better schools on the moon and Mars. ' Steve Hawk, Medford

Thanks for donations

This letter is to thank all of our friends and family that recently donated to our educational fund-raiser for Afghan girls.

Thank you for being big-hearted and thinking of those that have so little. Thank you for being big-minded and seeing past political, racial and religious differences and only seeing girls in need.

We raised over &

36;3,000, enough to send 300 girls to school in Afghanistan for one year. What a great way to start the New Year. ' Keith and Diana Butts, Medford

Half a job

The potholes in the alley between Marie Street and Effie Street are out of hand. One is so long and big that it is larger than a VW.

Last year when it flooded from all the rain, the city finally came and did a little work on it and said that they would be back during the summer and fix it. Well, summer has come and gone and we were lucky if they put some gravel in the potholes this year. They never did come back and fix the alley.

They sure did work on the ones on the other streets, though. I saw them working on the one across from Susie's Flowers the other day; they put some gravel in one big hole then left the rest of the alley untouched. It must be nice to do half a job and get paid to do all of it. I have seen them do my alley and if they run out of gravel halfway through they never come back and finish the job.

It would be nice if the city would keep its word on when they are going to fix these alleys and not just do half the job. ' Shane Wentzel, Medford

Restrict crossings

Is there any possibility that the city of Medford and the Rogue Valley Medical Center will agree to permanently prohibit all pedestrian crossings on Barnett Road at State Street now that the new RVMC parking garage has been completed?

Fencing the temporary parking area on the south side of Barnett Road between Murphy Road and State Street to require protected crossings at Murphy Road was an excellent interim safety measure. ' Chuck Eccleston, Medford

ODOT did its best

I am writing in response to the lady from Colorado who complained about the Siskiyou Summit being closed. She said ODOT should have predicted the storm and managed to keep the pass open.

The Siskiyou Summit has the highest elevation between Mexico and Canada. Did she know that? The ODOT crew and Highway Patrol worked many hours trying to help people who should have turned on their weather report before even attempting going over the pass. If you want to blame someone, blame the travelers. ' M. Holtgrave, Talent

Revelations offer proof

The Paul O'Neill and Colin Powell revelations now offer proof that America was lied to by President Bush. They respectively revealed that internal documents showed the administration was planning a war with Iraq within the first week of its term, eight months before 9/11, and that there was no link between Iraq and 9/11.

Shocking? I don't know why. The administration hawks were members of a still existent organization called The Project for a New American Century that called for an attack on Iraq as early as 1997. If you want to see what wars this administration will start next, you need look no further than the PNAC Web site.

The environment is being gutted. The debt is ballooning.

The president's own budget underfunded No Child Left Behind. We're in a war that was created primarily as a distraction and to solidify Bush as a strong leader on security issues. The list goes on.

Granted, he hasn't lied about a consensual sexual affair. I guess that excuses the job he's doing everywhere else. What's shocking is that the media has glossed over nearly all of this. I guess death, hunger and joblessness aren't salacious enough to sell papers and airtime. ' Michael Hoyt, Jacksonville

Successful, not rich

Excuse me? In answer to the person referring to the rich as fat and sassy, try substituting successful for the word rich.

Get past jealousy and visualize successful people going to work 10-16 hours a day and on call every day of the week, dealing with employee problems and paying overhead including huge employee, personal and federal income taxes. Statistics show — percent of all U.S. wage earners paid 50 percent of all income taxes, and the top 10 percent paid 90 percent of all taxes.

That &

36;10 state corporate tax referred to is for small corporations and I can prove that those corporate people pay thousands and thousands of dollars on the personal tax level (federally 38 percent of taxable income). Those taxes pay for everything government does for people like you. Read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, and understand that without successful people you would really have something to worry about.

Successful people are also the people who give thousands, if not millions, to charity. We worked hard for what we have, and we plan on enjoying it without guilt, and maybe if you're lucky, people like us will continue to be successful. ' Judy Nathan, Eagle Point

A Christian nation

I commend Les Kell's letter (Jan. 6) where he clearly and irrefutably makes the case that this is indeed a Christian nation.

It is often alleged by the radical ACLU crowd that our Founding Fathers were not really Christians but rather Deist. These Christian haters try also to spin Jefferson's 1802 private letter to the Danbury, Conn. Baptists regarding separation of church and state into being constitutional. It is a fact that the phrase separation of church and state does not appear in our Constitution or our Bill of Rights!

Interesting to note that in 1782 Congress declared The Congress of the United States approves and recommends to the people the Holy Bible for use of schools. Now wouldn't that give our atheistic liberals apoplexy today?

Of interest is the religious affiliation of the signers of the Constitution. As follows: 28 Episcopalians, eight Presbyterians, seven Congregationalists, two Lutherans, two Dutch Reformed, two Methodists, two Roman Catholics, one unknown and only three Deists: Williamson, Wilson and Franklin.

Yet, today's Christian haters would have us believe the Founding Fathers were mainly Deist. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our nation was a Christian nation at its inception. Amen. ' Carl J. Sandberg, Medford

We have greed

Hooray for Hood River. Must be nice to live in a county where officials stand behind the wants of the people. Instead, we have greed! ' Jeri Moffitt, Medford

ELECTION LETTERS

A conservative for 30

As a lifelong Republican and fiscal conservative I must speak up in favor of Measure 30. The only solution to Oregon's fiscal travail is to attract more business. That will not happen with marginal schools.

Cutbacks in indigent health care will only send more people to expensive emergency rooms instead of to less-expensive physicians' offices.

Less funding for assisted living for seniors will send some to the more expensive level of care in a nursing facility. Inadequate funding for nursing centers leaves more people in acute care longer, or on the street.

If waste could be found in the budget, why didn't the Republicans or the Democrats in Salem find it?

Opponents of the measure object to films in the classroom, liberal teachers and the welfare state that began with FDR. None of that will change with defeat of the measure.

What will change is the character of all Oregonians. ' Tim Johnson, Jacksonville

Spend within our means

I am opposed to a tax increase. The spend and tax proponents in this state are trying to shame Oregonians into another increase. Support for this tax increase comes from the public sector. In 2003, thousands of public employees took advantage of our states extravagant retirement program. PERS is one of the most lucrative and expensive retirement programs in the nation, (funded by taxes). One of the reasons that schools are short-handed and constrained financially is because so many teachers are able to retire in their mid-fifties. Taxpayers have the burden of supporting the retiree and hiring replacements. Per capita cost of state and local government ranks sixth in the nation at &

36;6,456; the national average is &

36;5,012. Teachers in Oregon are paid above average (&

36;46,081 compared to a national average of &

36;44,683). I suggest we pass an initiative to spend in accordance with income. ' Dan Sickler, Medford

Vote for good conscience

What can Measure 30 do for you?

A yes vote on Measure 30 is a vote for good conscience. It will save the lives of Oregonians who cling desperately to life-giving services, such as the Oregon Health Plan and those for the disabled.

No one asks you for charity. We, the disabled, ask only for your good conscience toward the plight of those who cannot survive without your help. ' Bryan Haynes, Ashland

Cut back the waste

If Oregon voters passed a constitutional amendment mandating that the first three bills passed by the Legislature each session were public safety, education, and health, there would be enough money to fund these programs. Instead of passing all of the pork barrel bills first, and then claiming there was no money at the end of the session, the Legislature would have to cut back on waste and special interest funding.

This may be too simple for the ultra-liberal, hand-wringing crowd that believes the Legislature is not spending too much, but is not taxing Oregonians enough. They actually believe the surtax is the only way the poor legislators can solve this terrible under taxing problem. Apparently some of the people can be fooled all of the time.

Vote no on the surtax and force the Legislature to be responsible to the taxpayers. ' Cliff Combs, Gold Hill

Taxes will drop anyway

Once again we have a chance to stand up and vote yes

for our Oregon.

Measure 30

is a balanced budget

plan that supports education

by keeping our schools open a full year; helps seniors

and disabled stay independent in their own homes and to get needed medications and health care;

keeps our communities safe by funding public safety

programs.

Measure 30

is progressive.

Those who earn less will pay less with the poorest Oregonians paying nothing. With the federal tax cut the overall change will be a decrease of taxes paid!

It doesn't make sense to close our schools, take away health care from our poorest and neediest, force seniors from assisted care and release inmates from prison to save a few dollars when our taxes are going to go down anyway.

Vote yes

for a balanced budget

and a stable Oregon.

Vote yes

for Measure 30. ' June Buck, Medford

So much for &

36;5 a month

I had already told my wife that I was leaning toward voting in favor of Measure 30 and then I received and read the voters pamphlet. The parties that favor this measure, which apparently includes the editor of this paper, are again misleading the readers by making misleading and sometimes false statements. I was led to believe this was a &

36;800 million temporary tax on personal income for three years when in fact, this measure involves &

36;1.2 billion in revenue over the next three years. There is &

36;844 million in temporary revenue, which is what you have told us about. What you haven't bothered to tell us is that there is &

36;372 million in revenue over the next three years, which is permanent. This includes reduction in property tax discount, reduction or elimination of medical expenses deduction taken by seniors plus four other corporate and business taxes. So much for the &

36;5 per month theory. ' Jack Kopp, Medford