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Bilingual ed deserves support

Bravo, Mail Tribune, for the editorial Sept. 22 on bilingual education. As English-speaking parents of two graduates of Phoenix Elementary School's dual-language program, we're pleased to see support for this approach to education. Our daughters had the rare opportunity to learn in two languages, expanding their cultural horizons.

It is better for communities to educate all children to be productive citizens of the world. ' Delcy and Barry Tibbetts, Medford

'Copenhagen' worth seeing

We recently attended Oregon Stage Works' production of Copenhagen. Having read your rather negative review, we were prepared for a disappointment, but had a pleasant surprise.

We found the play to be well-written, thought-provoking and relevant to current issues. The spare set design is an excellent complement to the fine acting.

Oregon Stage Works is one of our local undiscovered gems. It would be a shame if your review deterred people from seeing this production and supporting this delightful theater. ' Ray and Susan Herrmann, Medford

Creationism isn't science

Kathy Anderst claims that scientists don't want to expose students to both sides (creation/evolution) of a scientific argument.

— The problem with discussing creationism in a science classroom is that it isn't science. If something is not capable of being falsified (proved to be wrong), it simply has no place in a science classroom.

When I ask a creationist, What evidence or data would you accept as disproving your belief? the answer is invariably the same, Nothing can change my belief. At that point, discussion is useless.

In contrast, evolution by natural selection has withstood every challenge thrown at it by scientists. Do we completely understand how evolution works? Of course not, any more than we completely understand how gravity works. But they are both just as real.

Creationists are quick to point out that evolutionary lineages are incomplete for most land animals, including humans. But the ancestors of these organisms lived in an environment where fossilization is exceedingly rare. In contrast, fossilization is more common on the sea floor, and we have hundreds of complete lineages for small marine animals with hard shells. By ignoring these, creationism gives up any claim to be considered along with evolution. ' Edward Beutner, Ashland

Estate tax is a giveaway

Don't be ridiculous. There's no reason to abolish the estate tax. This is simply a giveaway to the wealthy and does nothing to help 99 percent of American citizens.

Keep the estate tax and tax the wealthy. The idea that letting rich people make more money is going to somehow benefit the middle class and the poor is baloney. Don't buy it. Most of you are not rich, and those who are should be happy to share with their fellow Americans. ' Russell Ehrman, Cave Junction

Science vs. assumptions

Responding to Jim Ross: Analysis of evolution ' What empirical evidence is repeatedly studied? Who has proven evolution to be a theory? Where are the articles to support his view? I tell him the truth, not one evolutionist has brought up conclusive evidence that could even support a hypothesis, let alone theory. Charles Darwin admitted (regarding The Origin of Species), you will be greatly disappointed; it will be grievously too hypothetical.

Creation research is real empirical science, not evolutionary assumptions. Even evolutionists have admitted in many texts that the view of evolution is still not theoretical and does not explain our origins scientifically. Darwinists fill the gaps with humanistic assumptions.

Conversely, creation research continues to unveil evidence that points to a young earth ' thousands, not millions of years. Here is the reality: The Institute for Creation Research doesn't spend hours of time and thousands of dollars a year on projects they would not be able to back with research and data.

To the understanding public ' we've heard the dogmatic lie in schools long enough, now look at the facts and make your own conclusions. Articles can be found at the Institute for Creation Research (icr.org). ' Jason Strock,Medford

Get behind America

The Mail Tribune has shown its true colors. Too bad ' you used to be a pretty good newspaper. Your liberal view that America is always wrong first has finally reached a new low.

You refer to the terrorist as insurgents not terrorists. The terrorist are the ones killing innocent civilians, not American armed forces.

But you can't help yourself. Don't blame America first. We have to support our men and women in uniform. We have to get behind them 100 percent.

Why don't you report the good things that are going on ' voting, new schools, hospitals opening, and oil production making good progress? Get behind America. ' John Waldrop, Medford

AFN subsidy is extortion

Regarding the AFN subsidy of &

36;7.50 per month to our electric bill: We who live in the Wingspread Mobile Home Park could not receive this service if we wanted. It requires underground wiring which this park cannot accommodate. AFN told me by phone they have no plans to make this available to us.

Did someone mention extortion? ' Divina and Jack Braun, Ashland

Cartoon was in poor taste

I wasn't well pleased with the editorial choice of cartoons on Friday, Sept. 23. Poor taste, indeed. Of all the choices for cartoons for the day I was amazed you picked that one.

I do believe God created life as we know it in one week. Space not permitting the why of the previous statement, does that necessitate biblical creationists be lumped into the category of conspiracy theorists?

Keep it up above the waist. ' Mark Jones, Medford

St. Mary's bash first-class

To everyone who helped to make the St. Mary's School 140th year celebration such an enjoyable and memorable evening, we are most grateful.

Using the spacious gymnasium with much well-arranged memorabilia, the entertainment, the food ' everything was definitely first-class! Many thanks! ' Lee and Jocelyne Pendergast, class of 1949, Medford

Thanks to commissioners

I would like to commend our county commissioners for doing a good job about Measure 37. Thanks to Dave Gilmour and Jack Walker. ' Merna Schaffer, Medford

Who is delusional now?

After all, he tried to kill my dad. George W. Bush said this to justify targeting Saddam Hussein as a national security threat. I understand that it would be extremely difficult to keep this from being personal; I also believe that our commander-in-chief is obligated to set aside his personal agenda when dealing with our national security.

It has been shown that George W. Bush and his cabinet fabricated most of the evidence that we had on Saddam Hussein and the al-Qaida connection. His supporters are still claiming that he did a good deed in removing a bad man from power. Has the cost been worth it?

Recently, after stating my opinion, I was informed that I am quite delusional. What a relief! If I am delusional, then it is actually my own little world that is so screwed up. My sanity is a small price in comparison to the 1,900-plus troops (33 Oregonians) that have given their lives to the cause.

If George W. Bush were to announce the pulling out of Iraq tomorrow, would you still support him? Was the cost worth it?

Who is delusional now? ' Joel G. Leard, Grants Pass

A ray of sunshine

I can't believe Cindy Sheehan's son or the other 1,900-plus men and women who have lost their lives in this war would condone what she is doing. For example, being pictured with Jesse Jackson and marching with Joan Baez, both of whom have never served their country in any shape or form in a positive way. They are, however, pros at bitching about its actions.

I agree we should not be in Iraq (Afghanistan, yes), but Sheehan, Jackson and Baez would be the last three people on Earth I would want to associate with in terms of a war protest. I did, however, see a ray of sunshine in the article: a Republican holding a sign saying I'm a Republican and I am ashamed of this GOP. Let's hope he remembers what has happened to this country politically the last five years and votes differently on his next presidential ballot. Now that's a war protester I could relate to. ' Mike Parsons, Medford

Time to conserve water

Mark Twain said it best, In the West, whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting over.

I moved to the Rogue Valley a year ago from the infamous Owens Valley, a place of historical water battles dating back almost a century ' a place of dead and dying trees.

My first week here, I started questioning citizens on the status of water availability and reliability. The answers were dismaying. People in all areas of the valley told me how their wells were drying up as population increased and new wells were drilled.

Meanwhile, I read articles about proposed golf resorts and about featured homes which have acres of lawn. I wonder why I almost never read about water conservation.

The Rogue Valley is projected to double in population. Winters are increasingly low in rainfall. When is the last time there actually was a normal winter without the word drought being used?

We already have one existing subdivision, Westwood, without water. How many more dry wells will it take to be water-wise? Without conservation, one day we shall turn on our faucets and there will not be one drop of water.

Mark Twain did not know the half of it! ' Margaret Bradburn, Shady Cove

Concerned Americans unite

By uniting, the voices of concerned Americans have been heard, and a temporary victory won. The Bush administration has, very quietly, tabled Social Security reform ' but only until next year.

It is, therefore, necessary to stay proactive and alert, using this small victory to give all courage to increase their voices on protecting other family-value issues: Public school funding, health-care funding, jobs creation and all other social programs that make for a strong democracy and are good for families.

Divide and conquer and dumbing down America are inappropriate strategies for promoting family values. ' Dorothy E. de Lyon, Williams