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Bring on the photographs

The criminals responsible for the attack on Iraq in our name should have no objection to the publication of pictures depicting the results of that unprovoked attack: Flag-draped body bags, maimed servicemen, the carnage in Iraq in material and human terms.

Bring it on! The sooner and oftener the American people see the graphic results of our government's criminal policies, the sooner our loved ones will be back home with their families. ' Hal Crawford, Medford

Issues remain

The election is over but the issues remain. The reasonable and socially responsible care of our god-given natural environment.

For example, when only a small fraction of the original populations of native salmon and steelhead remain in Oregon, I think it's reasonable and right to work for their protection and restoration.

When items pop up in the news, make sure you have good information first and then consider what you would like to see happen and what your representatives are proposing.

One small example right off is a newly-elected county commissioner proposing to waive fees for Measure 37 claims. That is not something I support, but speak your mind on these and the many other matters that come up, from the local to state to national level. Carry on and do good works. ' Steve Haskell, Ashland

Accountability moment

President Bush was absolutely right when he recently declared, We had an accountability moment and that's called the 2004 elections. The American people listened to different assessments made about what was taking place in Iraq, and they looked at the two candidates, and chose me. He then said that there will be neither reductions nor increases in the number of troops deployed to Iraq.

It must be obvious to the overwhelming majority of voters in Jackson County who voted for Bush that he is only doing his best to represent their wishes and desires, as their overwhelming 60 percent-plus support indicates.

At the time of the election the president and most Jackson County voters obviously were not convinced of the wisdom of ending the horrific murder and mayhem in Iraq, and the president now informs us that it will continue unabated into the indefinite future.

As the number of U.S. casualties doubles, and then doubles again, to far surpass the current 1,100 American dead and 21,000 gravely wounded, and as the average Jackson County voter sees more and more neighbors, co-workers, children called up to enter the hell-hole of Iraq, I only hope he remembers his vote of last November. ' Ivend Holen, Medford

The American dream

I am a resident in the Pheasant Meadows Subdivision in Jacksonville and am writing in regard to Mr. Shaefer's orchard. My opinion is that he, or any other property owner, has the right to use their land for whatever use is legal within the criteria of its zoning. It seems to me that it would be self-serving to impose my wishes on someone else.

Put yourself in Shaefer's position for a moment. How would you feel having others tell you what you should or shouldn't do with your land?

Financially speaking, if a Kinkade Village were to become a reality, it would give Jacksonville a broader tax base, providing benefits to the fire department, police, public works, etc. Furthermore, I don't see what would be wrong with any financial gain on Shaefer's part. Don't we all desire to provide for our family's future security?

My wife and I have lived in the Rogue Valley for over 26 years. Since making our home in Jacksonville, we've come to think of it as the jewel of the valley. Shaefer's dream would give others the opportunity to enjoy this unique environment. Isn't that the American dream? ' Mike Young, Jacksonville

We don't think so

We take no comfort in hearing that accountability is no longer a necessary consideration when this administration decides to invade a foreign country. Whatever happened to: The buck stops here?

Get over it? We don't think so. ' Robert and Senta Cook, Medford

Oregon postcards wanted

Our fourth-grade class is studying the United States. We would like your help. We would like your readers to send us letters or postcards of your state. Thanks for your help.

Please send the information to: Fourth Grade USA Project, Gifford Grade School District 188, P.O. Box 70, Gifford, IL 61847. ' Cody B., Gifford, Ill.