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New book shop

The new library is about to open, but some of our residents may be unaware that the Friends of the Medford Library will have a book shop in the front of Medford's new library. Instead of having twice-annual book sales, we'll be selling used and donated books at book sale (very reasonable) price. All of the money raised is used to support library programs during these times of crunched budgets: teen programs, children's programs, the summer reading program, and more.

When you stop in to visit the beautiful new library or to have a coffee at Mellelo's next door, we hope you'll visit and browse in our new book shop. Donations for the shop are always welcome at the library's shipping and receiving area. ' Cara Davis-Jacobson, president, Friends of the Medford Library

Not an unnamed source

I want to be fair about what I'm going to say. I think the news media in the country stinks.

Television, radio and newspapers are all biased, but none of them will admit it except for talk radio. It's easy to see which way they lean by what they report, how they report it and what they don't report. More and more of our news is based on opinions and unnamed sources.

If I had a son today who wanted to be a journalist, I would say fine, as long as you're fair and honest. If not, being an American of Italian descent, I would rather he joined the Mafia. I wouldn't be proud of him, but at least I would know he wasn't an opinionated, unnamed source, full of rumors and innuendoes. That's my opinion and I'm not an unnamed source. ' Gerald D'Emilio, Eagle Point

Support the disabled

We, the disabled of Oregon, strongly resent the policy of our government to carry the burden of budget problems on the backs of the most needy and least capable of defending themselves. We find this policy, conducted since 2003, morally reprehensible and probably illegal. Depriving people with disabilities of precious resources is a violation of all that is right in American justice.

— Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are inalienable rights, confirmed by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. We demand fair access to the activities of daily living for the disabled, the needy, and all groups discriminated against, and we will never stop the fight for these rights.

Why should you, the not-yet-disabled, support us today? Because we provide you an early warning of what many of you will face down the road. As many of us were not disabled yesterday, many of you will join our ranks tomorrow. It only behooves you to treat us as you want to be treated when it is your turn to step into our shoes. ' Nathan Jacobi, president, Disabled United in Distressing Environments (DUDE), Ashland, 488-5639

Decent men with backbone

Throughout our history, strong traditional values have stood as freedom's bulwark and the very foundation of America's moral character. These values include the sanctity of marriage, the right to own firearms and a woman's right to choose.

Christian men of strong moral character authored the Roe v. Wade decision which has benefited countless millions of Americans. It effectively prevented 40 million unwanted births. It certainly doesn't take a rocket scientist to imagine the sheer destructive power of 40 million angry, alienated and unwanted adolescents and young adults.

It is no exaggeration to state that, had these 40 million unwanted births become a reality, assaults, vandalism and residential burglaries would now be occurring at five to eight times the 1985 rate, and no one would be able to find a parking space anywhere. And who would foot the bill for the estimated &

36;960 billion in increased foster care, judicial and incarceration costs? The taxpayers, that's who.

No one I know wants to live in an overpopulated, polluted, crime-ridden society on the brink of anarchy. I'm just thankful we were blessed with decent men with backbone and courage on that 1973 Supreme Court. ' James P. Snyder, Medford

Prices are lowest

There have been so many pros and cons about Wal-Mart. I drove to Grants Pass to see the Supercenter. I got an electric cart and spent an hour and a half touring the store.

The Rogue Valley Mall, Target, Sears, Fred Meyer and Costco can't ever try to beat their prices. Grocery department, canned goods, meat and vegetables ' no way do Albertsons, Safeway or WinCo prices compare to that of the Wal-Mart Superstore.

If you don't believe me, take a drive. You don't have to run all over town to find what you need for the best prices, it's all there. Don't sell Wal-Mart short.

Gas is also cheaper there. ' E.K. Resch, Medford