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Letters to the editor

Disappointed

I love reading the Mail Tribune every morning. It gets my mornings started.

But this morning I woke to disappointment in our local paper. Sept. 11, it is a day to remember. A day to realize how far we have come, a day to remember those who gave their lives, a time to feel for those who are still suffering without their loved ones and a day to give thanks for what we do have.

Yet, the Mail Tribune put an article about Sept. 11 back on page 5A. Instead, on the front page, we saw an article on our school crossing zones.

Yes, these are important, but can't the Mail Tribune give the people one day out of the year, a day to remember? At least acknowledge Sept. 11 with a front-page article. In my family's book, it hasn't been forgotten and it never will be! ' Tabitha Dymoke, Medford

What's the difference?

I am writing to voice my concern about my children's education. My children attend the Medford School District, and not only are my children being crammed into overcrowded classrooms, but it's not even a week into the school year and my children are already missing a day of school so that the teachers can take a class to learn how to educate the poverty children.

Could someone please explain to me the difference between a poverty child and a regular child? A child is a child, no matter rich, poor, black, white, Spanish, Jewish, etc. They all need the same education ' reading, writing and arithmetic.

— I have worked with children in the Head Start Program, which are children from all walks of life, and I can tell you that all any child needs is the attention of a dedicated and caring teacher. ' Tammy Whiting, Central Point

Be prepared

Our mission at Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics has always been to serve those veterans among us who have put life and limb on the line to defend and protect our nation, and to make a difference in the communities where we live and work.

September is National Preparedness Month. This month, each of us has an extraordinary opportunity to move forward, helping to prepare our families, friends and neighbors for emergencies. One of the simplest things we can do to be ready is to have an emergency communications plan.

In the event of an emergency, do you have a safe place for your family to meet? Do you know the evacuation location and plans of your child's school? Does everyone in the family have important phone numbers handy including the closest relative, doctor and pharmacist?

Just knowing the answers to these simple questions could be the deciding factor between a family that handles an emergency smoothly and calmly and one that does not. Preparedness is the responsibility of every American. If every family, business and school in Southern Oregon is prepared, we collectively will be better able to respond and recover from any disaster. ' Max E. McIntosh, director, Veterans Affairs SORCC, White City

Sub standards

I would like to express my sincerest thank you to all the highly qualified substitute teachers I have been associated with over the years. I thank each of you for not portraying the biased attitudes that Joe Frodsham has by labeling Ashland schools as communists/socialists.

In our district Eagle Point, we have worked ever so hard to teach about diversity and respect to our students. What Joe Frodsham stated in Thursday's paper makes me question the standards that this man might bring into a classroom of impressionable minds.

I recall not too long ago that another board member from Medford made a disparaging remark about a group of people in the woodshed. Is this type of mentality a prerequisite to serve on the board?

Dark sense of humor or not, this kind of statement should never have been made by an educator who calls himself a professional! ' Jody Streetman, Medford