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Editorial got it wrong

C.W. Smith and Jack Walker got it right on the waiver of fees for filing an application for compensation under Measure 37. The MT editorial board and Mary-Kay Michelsen of Ashland got it wrong.

Why should any citizen have to pay to correct a taking of their property rights by the heavy hand of government? The rights should be returned at no cost just for the asking.

Where Michelsen and the MT editorial staff became confused is mixing Measure 37 property rights application fees with the fees needed to develop the property for different uses than those currently applied to the property.

Nothing I have read in Measure 37 does away with fees associated with review of subdivision plans, building inspection fees, sewage and septic inspections and fees, etc. Measure 37 says only that if you owned the property before some land-use restriction took away your right to subdivide or build a house on the property, then the government (public) must pay fair compensation for those values lost to the landowner.

Property rights are one of the basic principles of our Constitution and our very freedom. No one should be able to take them without some form of fair compensation. ' Charlie Boyer, Eagle Point

Atheism is religion

Recent letters stated that atheism is not a religion. Religion is defined as the service and worship of God or the supernatural. Synonyms: faith, belief, and creed.

— For some, looking for or believing in a supernatural being or creator to worship is a religion. This type of religion falls into various categories such as Catholicism, Satanism, Buddhism, etc.

Some worship idols or trophies as gods, a religion called idolatry. Examples: For some, seeking the Super Bowl football trophy or an Oscar is religion. For some, a belief in acquiring money is religion.

Reading further along in the definition for religion, one will find that religion is also defined as a cause, principle or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith. So, religion is also a belief that one holds onto with ardor and faith.

Atheism is defined as a disbelief in a God. Atheism is also defined as a doctrine (belief) that there is no God. So, atheism is a belief held onto with ardor and faith that there is no God.

Atheism in doctrine is belief in nonbelief of a God, rather than belief in God. Atheism, as a belief, is a religion. ' Randall Hale, Medford

Get tough on meth

I had the opportunity to serve on the grand jury four years ago. Even then it was well known what the causes of meth abuse were and who the prime culprits were.

Education/prevention awareness isn't tough. A return to swift justice for these known criminals is in order.

Jail the cookers, users and peddlers. Permanently remove their children into better homes. Tear down the known meth houses and remove this plague from our valley. ' Kurt Chapman, Medford

Money and influence

Regarding Mr. Feeney's letter of Jan. 11, he obviously is unaware of the admission policy of Yale University.

The facts are that if you're a Connecticut resident, and/or if a relative of yours has attended Yale, the university gives preferential admission to those who meet these criteria. I think Shrub meets both of those. Remember too that Shrub was a C student at Yale and proud of it, even mentioning it in his commencement address at Yale.

As for Harvard, it's only 100 miles up the road, and family influence, i.e. Prescott Bush, his grandfather, and daddy probably had some influence. That and a hefty donation! If he is so bright, why has he been a failure in business, so much so that family and friends had to keep bailing him out?

In closing, I am unaware of any study indicating there is a relationship between intelligence and which schools one attended. The relationship between money, influence, and which school attended is more realistic. ' Yale Sacks, Central Point