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Distorted and dishonest

Your editorial column, Oregon Editors Say, Kerry questions give the nod to Bush is among the most distorted and dishonest rationalizations imaginable. Surely there must be other editors with differing points of view that don't hold their readers' intelligence in such disrespect. ' Gene Goodson, Medford

Shocked by total

I was shocked to read the amount of money it cost to have the four candidates come to Medford and Jackson County for their political campaigns. Bush: &

36;200,000; Cheney: &

36;30,000; Kerry: &

36;19,000; and Edwards: &

36;12,000. This amount totals &

36;261,000.

I was also shocked to read where Randy Schoen, deputy chief of operations of the Medford Police Force, doesn't plan to ask campaign officials from both political parties to pay, or at least to help pay this huge amount.

Jackson County, by state standards, is not an area rolling in extra money. We have difficulty funding basic programs. There is a lot of grumbling and anger, especially from the Independent and Democratic voters, who feel they should not be required to pay this huge bill from our city and county taxes.

Also, there is talk about an initiative petition being submitted for all future political campaigns in Jackson County whereby only campaign contributions can be used to pay for visitations of presidential candidates. ' Frank Koch, Medford

Special thanks

On Oct. 23 we had the pleasure of participating in the Special Olympic Oregon Fall Regional Bowling Competition. Held at Lava Lanes, the competition included over 180 athletes from Coos, Douglas, Lane, Josephine and Jackson counties. It was heartening to work with the almost 100 volunteers who made this tournament a huge success.

— Big thanks to owner Ric Donnelly, manager Taz Sutherlin, Summer Everist and the Lava Lanes staff, not only for hosting the games but for making the event go so smoothly. We also are grateful to the Bear Creek Kiwanis for assisting in lunch for our athletes, volunteers and coaches.

Special thanks to guest speakers Marshall Holman and Miss Oregon Junior Teen America Tracy Welburn, master of ceremonies Cathy Carrier, torch bearer Officer Greg Nichols of the Medford Police Department and Jim Puhl and Boy Scout Troop III for making our opening ceremonies a memorable experience. ' Tony and Marie Cabler, Medford

Thanks for donations

On behalf of the foster children of Jackson County, I would like to publicly thank the Junior Service League for their continuing generous donations of backpacks filled with a blanket, stuffed animal, diapers and small toiletries to get children through their first day in foster care.

These ladies also decorated and furnished a child friendly room for children when they are waiting for a foster placement. The Junior Service League is making a big difference in the lives of abused and neglected children. Thank you. ' Penny Esser, foster parent recruitment and retention, Medford