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Elect Kupillas again

We would be wise to elect Sue Kupillas at the next election. She would fight to complete the Elk Creek Dam. The human demand for water has greatly increased and will continue to increase as the population increases.

Does Dave Gilmour know of a better source of water as an alternative to completing the Elk Creek Dam? Dave Gilmour will not have a legacy of achievement.

Thanks for reading. ' Bill Hartley, Medford

Merits not up for review

The merits of the Highway 99 project in Talent are not up for review at tonight's Talent City Council meeting. Adoption of the Access Management Plan into the Comprehensive Plan is the issue on the agenda. LUBA did not remand a question of merit, they remanded a technicality.

Thanks to the mayor for enduring years of meetings to get us in line for this project. ' Joi Riley, Talent

Hardly compassionate

A week after Southeast Asia's tragic tsunamis, president-elect Bush appeared with his father and Bill Clinton. The two former presidents will solicit funds for relief organizations.

— Bush claims this action shows compassion. In Aramaic and Hebrew, compassion means womb-like. Compassion is to feel and act like God, providing a caring, nourishing, secure environment.

Allocating a pittance to tsunami survivors while holding billions for reconstruction of a country at civil war hardly constitutes compassion. ' George McCartin, Jacksonville

Thanks for music

We would like to express our appreciation for the wonderful traditional Christmas music we heard from the school choirs and Rogue Valley Chorale again this year.

Apparently there were many areas in the United States this season where the Christmas music most of us love was not allowed. Kudos to the choir directors and school boards in Medford. May it always be so.

A belated Merry Christmas to all! ' Gerry and Harold Van Zee, Medford

Every vote must count

Oregon has vote-by-mail and honest officials, but every voter in every state must be counted.

I'm worried that voting impediments and unverifiable voting machines permitted a 2004 election coup. If election reforms are blocked, fraud-ridden voting becomes the norm. Benjamin Franklin and Susan Anthony would cry.

Sadly, no federal agency performs regulatory oversight of the U.S. voting industry. Voting procedures are designed by each state. And the recent reliance on computers (eliminating the paper ballot) makes counties ripe for fraud.

At bi-weekly town hall meetings (call 482-9625) at the Medford Library, we are discussing the congressional hearings (see Web sites for U.S. Reps. Conyers and Nadler), Ohio citizen lawsuit (Moss v. Bush), and Governmental Accountability Office investigation on 2004 voting irregularities.

Evidence is mounting that November voting and vote-counting were manipulated in many ways. A legal battle is under way in Ohio, with a partial recount lurching along (stymied in voting districts with no paper trail).

Voting USA is broken. We can't leave this issue for someone else. Please call Sens. Wyden and Smith, asking for a full investigation before the electoral count is certified. ' Julie Norman, Ashland

A gigantic fraud

On Dec. 16, 1943, with my appointment as ensign and naval aviator, I took an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic, so I write this letter.

Some years ago the ACLU, a powerful, covert, atheistic religion, took some of the words of Thomas Jefferson out of context and gave them a meaning he never intended. Then they deceived some federal judges into believing they had a mandate to build a wall of separation between church and state.

The whole concept was a gigantic fraud. The mandate to the federal government in the First Amendment is one of inaction. It clearly states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;

Nowhere do you see the words separation of church and state.

Congress has been faithful to the inaction mandate, but not the deceived judges. Some judges have created contention and confusion by interfering with the free exercise of religion and making rulings favoring atheism as a state religion.

I hope that President Bush will appoint judges that can read the Constitution and not be conned by the ACLU. ' Richard L. Kerr, Medford