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Wake up, Oregonians

Headline, Sept. 23: Tough session looms for legislators. The legislators are going to kick back money to corporations; &

36;68 million! And if the state loses its lawsuit, the voters of Oregon may receive &

36;113 million. We are suffering for this. Days and teachers cut from schools, troopers lost, programs cut, tuition hikes. Why?

Oregonians: Wake up! Don't you see what's happening?

It will be impossible for our kids to compete in the world because education is suffering, and yet there is money for tax refunds. Why don't legislators put that money to good use and start funding necessary programs and schools?

Our son attends OSU; tuition was raised nearly 40 percent in one year, almost enough to go to a private college. Money that paid for three quarters now pays for one; students must drop out.

Of course, maybe that's what some people want, the haves and the have-mores. The rich get wealthier and the poor, more poverty stricken.

Our state is experiencing a serious depression. Why are we taxpayers sitting idly by while this happens and money goes to corporations, not to necessities? Why must our college students, kids and needy bear the brunt of balancing the budget? Outrageous! ' Carol L. Snider, Medford

Friends say thanks

The Friends of Applegate Valley Fire District No. 9 wish to thank all of their great customers who attended the annual gigantic yard sale on Sept. 18 and 19 in Ruch. You were all able to walk away with some real treasures at bargain prices and all the proceeds go to support the fire district. The Friends organization wants to ensure that we have some of the best, well-equipped and well-trained firefighters to protect our community. And we do. Thanks again to the customers and to all of you that helped to make this yard sale happen.

Anyone interested in joining the Friends organization should call 899-1050. ' Gary Johnson, Ruch

No pets in public buildings

Our Medford public library is hoping to introduce a program for special dogs to be allowed inside to help a few children learn to read aloud.

No animals should be allowed in public-domain buildings. Regardless of how noble the unscientific venture is, or how nice and non-judgmental the dog, the fact remains that Mother Nature still saturates animals with serious dander that can jeopardize public health, and dander lingers!

More than 14 million children and adults in this country are allergic to animals, with some reactions being life-threatening. Such victims can choose to avoid pet stores or any private establishments that house animals. However, no one should feel forced out of a public building, e.g. library, city hall, Social Security Administration, or other such, because someone wants to bring animals inside. To outlaw animals from some businesses, yet welcome some of these for the sake of a special promotion is improper.

Please, remove all animals from public buildings. ' D. Pestlin, Talent

Scott should retract

Walter Scott should print a retraction of his reply to Mary E. of Austin, Texas, published in the Sept. 26 Parade. He claims that neither presidential candidate would be likely to reintroduce a military draft as it would be so unpopular. It behooves me to inform him that Congress has brought twin bills forward this year (Senate 89 and House 163) entitled the Universal Service Act to provide for the common defense that could start as early as June 15, 2005. The Pentagon has also quietly begun a campaign to fill all 10,350 draft board positions.

Mary E. has a right to be concerned, as am I, with seven grandchildren of military age. Indeed, the American public has a right to know and to air their opinions.

There will be no escaping the draft this time by way of educational deferments, and probably not by way of Canada either as their John Manley has signed a smart border declaration with Tom Ridge, our Homeland Security director, to restrict people entering and departing.

This is vital news for the American public. ' Mariette Newhagen, Medford