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Prefers a revolver

James P. Snyder's pontifical tirades against firearms continue (It would take courage, Thursday).

So 31,000 Americans were killed by firearms last year? How about many more lives saved by firearms? See and click on Guns Save Lives.

No: The anti-gun victimologists can keep their bud vases, psychology books, socialist mindset and denial to protect themselves from aggression and criminal violence. Myself? I prefer a .357 Magnum revolver. ' James A. Farmer, Ashland

Use common sense

In the 20-years-ago column, it mentions that Jackson County was looking forward to the &

36;9.8 million check that would arrive from the O&C timber sales fund. That funding is now basically gone, due to the active destruction by environmentalists.

They have killed the wood- products industry, losing living- wage jobs, and income from the forest industries. Being here in Southern Oregon for over 50 years, I can see our area going backwards, less taxes for schools and other government agencies.

A case in point: the Biscuit fire trees would provide jobs and pay taxes. The trees are dead; cut them down, make jobs and more funds for Southern Oregon.

— Use common sense and quit protesting every timber sale that would help our economy. Please, protesters, use common old-fashioned sense, let's get at least the dead trees used in a useful manner, not just fire-causing waste! ' Nancy L. Clark, Medford

Bulls trying to escape

In the rodeo, it may seem as though a bull wants to attack anything and anybody in its path, but he is only trying to escape the torment of electric prods that provide painful jolts of electricity and ropes that chafe against his sensitive stomach and groin area (Rodeo bullfighter's job is to keep the bulls from killing the cowboys, Oct. 24).

Bulls are normally docile animals. Given the option, a bull would choose a quiet field over a rowdy arena every time. There, they suffer injuries like internal bleeding and broken bones. Some are hurt so badly that they die on the spot, or have to be euthanized. Those that survive to retirement are often sent straight to the slaughterhouse.

Humans, on the other hand, choose to risk injury and death in the rodeo arena. Please don't patronize these cruel spectacles of abuse. ' Jenna Facciuto, Medford

Difficult definitions

The opinion piece published Oct. 26 maligning the United Nations Security Council for its inability to define terrorism misunderstands the difficulty in providing a definition that covers our enemies while sparing our friends.

The Security Council has been unable to find a definition of aggression for the simple reason that, if it covers Russia's invasion of Chechnya, it also covers the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. The difficulty with every definition of aggression is that it condemns all pre-emptive wars.

The term terrorism shares the same problems. If the attack on the World Trade Center was an act of terrorism, then why aren't Allied bombings of towers in Iraq? Using the passengers as part of the bombing was certainly an act of terrorism, but would we Americans consider the act less terrorist if an al-Qaida pilot was the only passenger?

We can probably all agree that a Palestinian with a bomb attached to his waist who then kills civilians deserves the title terrorist. But why, then, shouldn't an American soldier who plants a land mine, on which some innocent civilian will step, also deserve the title terrorist? ' Donald A. Wells, Medford

Election letters

Vote against Croft

One thing we don't need is another person on our City Council in Central Point that puts her personal interests first.

I attended the meetings for the building of Wal-Mart in our city. Whether you were for or against it doesn't matter. The unprofessional way the representatives of Wal-Mart were treated by the sitting members just shows me we do not need another one.

By the way, what a wonderful addition the new Furniture Barn is going to be. Let me see, are you sure that is Zone 4? Maybe Becca should ask the Planning Commission ' or are they still with us? Please join me in voting against Becca Croft. ' Dee Uerlings, Central Point

Vote for Lofaso

To fix the sick Oregon Health Plan, Peter Buckley proposes more of what made it sick in the first place. He wants government managing the business of insurance companies. He says he wants to streamline the process.

Typical solutions for a man who has never managed a business and whose job has been to solicit donations and government grants. When was the last time government streamlined anything? Buckley is a prescription for fewer insurers and more bureaucracy.

I want Joanna Lofaso in Salem. She has a great record in business finance, accounting and client service.

She understands the Oregon Health Plan needs both preventive financial planning and auditing to make sure the benefits are getting to the neediest citizens. She knows we need to bring in more hospitals, doctors and insurers by making participation easier and affordable.

She won't create commissions to complain about symptoms. She'll treat the causes. ' Pam Brabbin, Talent

Mess needs cleaning up

Readers, don't be fooled by twisted semantics. The headline in Sunday's paper about C.W. Smith and his opponent in the race for Jackson County commissioner was totally misleading.

Since we know that the paper leans to the left, it doesn't surprise me that the Mail Tribune misguided readers into thinking that only one candidate wants clean air. Further, the article's subheading gives a positive for the Democrat and leaves questions about C.W. Smith.

Let me set the record straight. Having had numerous conversations with C.W. Smith on the subject of air quality, I know this to be a fact. C.W. Smith wants clean air and is committed to working closely with the DEQ in this regard. His opponent, and others who are desperate to make him look bad, are using the clean air issue to play dirty in this race.

Now that's a mess that should be cleaned up! ' Jamee Pineda, Medford

Re-elect Harrison

I applaud the efforts of Kay Harrison, Central Point City Council member, for her outstanding public service work on the Southern Oregon Local Calling Region. Kay volunteered countless hours for over two years on the Advisory Task Force to the Public Utility Commission to make the dream of local calling for all Southern Oregonians come true.

Her dedication and support were invaluable; she truly cares about her community and the Rogue Valley. I hope you will join me in re-electing Kay Harrison to the Central Point City Council. ' Shayne Maxwell, Rogue River, chairwoman, Advisory Task Force, Southern Oregon Local Calling Region

Vote for Torguson

Medford is fortunate to have a man with as fine a background as that of Michael Torguson to elect to the City Council.

The rapid growth of this valley greatly influences needs within the city.

Michael Torguson has the training, knowledge of government, the ability and personality, which encourages others to want to work with him. Your vote for him will help our city and our environs. ' Catherine Gribble Kellogg, Medford

A definite no

Voters who now think there are fiscal strains on local government and chaos in land use have seen nothing compared to future problems if Measure 37 passes.

Measure 37's ballot title sounds logical, but it is advanced by Oregonians in Action, who would dismantle the land-use system that makes Oregon different. Measure 37 would allow long-term holders of land to impact the rest of us however they desired.

Each parcel, depending on when acquired, would have a different set of rules meaning that one mountainside or ranch would be left in grazing and the one next could have tract homes or worse. That is, unless taxpayers pay for development rights.

But there is no money for buying development rights, and Measure 37's passage means land-use chaos while we lose protection of our property values and views that zoning currently offers.

Measure 37? Vote no. ' Brent Thompson, Ashland

Re-elect Hartzell

Cate Hartzell serves Ashland well on the City Council and I will vote to re-elect her instead of voting for challenger Michael Morris.

Hartzell does more than any local elected official to facilitate agreement on difficult issues such as planning for wildfire in our watershed. Everyone wants what's best for the community and the land, but the details are complex, and Hartzell helped people of differing perspectives stay committed to finding consensus. As a result, we now have an excellent Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

Morris seems to me uninformed about watershed planning. His very recent effort to get up to speed is too little and too late to comprehend such a nuanced topic that defies easy answers. Voters should digest Morris' campaign literature, which features his interest in the watershed, with a grain of salt. ' Jay Lininger, Ashland

Vote for Densmore

C.W. Smith says in your front-page article of Oct. 11 that he felt the issue was politically hijacked, referring to the clean air standards for Jackson County. I find this troubling since it was 5,000 citizens expressing their desire not to have the air standards changed that ultimately influenced the DEQ recommendation.

Well, if ordinary citizens are hijacking the issues, it is about time. C.W. represents the past, where government tells people what is best for them. This is why I support Sue Densmore.

Sue will work with the citizens and listen to what they want for Jackson County. It is time for a change in the leadership of Jackson County. Vote for Sue Densmore for county commissioner. ' Chris Pellett, Central Point