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How many attacks'

Wow! Bush says he saved us from 10 terrorist attacks. Wait a minute ' isn't that the number of WMD sites he identified in Iraq before we invaded? D'oh! ' Michael Steely, Medford

Hispanics contribute

Contrary to a letter in Thursday's paper, most Hispanic people are citizens or legal residents. They are good, honest, hardworking people making valuable contributions to our community.

Hispanic culture is as American as, well, tamales. The first European settlement was not Jamestown but Spanish St. Augustine. It is possible to value and maintain one's culture while being a part of making a community more diverse and interesting. ' Don Senter, president, Multicultural Association of Southern Oregon

Common courtesy, please

When an employer runs an ad wanting to hire new employees, potential employees will spend their time and their money to come to that place of business to complete an employment application for a job that too often will not pay a sufficient salary.

Their time and their money for a low-paying job. Wouldn't it be great if the employer used a little courtesy to also notify those applicants who weren't selected, instead of leaving those applicants hanging, wondering what is going on?

Employers want applicants to bend over backwards for them and still they can't show a little courtesy. It is a reflection on the company and an indication of how employees will be treated.

— For those employers who do notify those applicants who are not chosen, thank you for the courtesy. ' Peter A. Venuto, Medford

Democrats show gall

Questioning Judge Roberts, Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., said to Judge Roberts, We are rolling the dice with you because the judge wouldn't answer certain questions. The gall of this man. In 1988, he quit running for president when he was caught plagiarizing a law school paper and he used without credit the language and theme of a British politician's autobiographical campaign speech in his own bid to win the Democratic Party's nomination.

Sen. Kennedy (D-Mass.) asked Judge Roberts questions about civil rights. Whose civil rights was he thinking about on July 18, 1969, when he drove a car off a bride on Chappaquiddick Island near Edgartown, Mass.? His companion, Mary Jo Kopechne, drowned. He didn't report the accident until 10 hours later. Time enough to talk to an attorney and too late to be tested for drunk driving. Seven days later he pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident. He received a two-month suspended sentence.

What other questions do the senators have for the next Supreme Court nominee? ' Gerald D'Emilio, Eagle Point

They want biased decisions

Why is it that the agricultural and timber industries want to be represented on the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, when the previous commissioner did not represent or come from either industry?

Simply put, it sounds like they want someone who is willing to make biased decisions rather than by a research analyst such as the nominee Gretchen Oosterhout of Eagle Point. ' Porter and Corinne Lombard, Medford

Pledge argument amusing

I read with a certain amount of amusement Myrl Bishop's rationale for eliminating under God from the Pledge of Allegiance, namely that children hearing this phrase from adults are being taught that God exists.

I immediately thought of other documents this rationale would ban from public schools: The U.S. Constitution, Article VII of which refers to the year of our Lord (capitalized in the original); the Declaration of Independence, which contains four references to a Supreme Being (Nature's God, Creator, Supreme Judge of the world, divine Providence); Lincoln's Gettysburg Address that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and, finally, Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream speech, Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty I'm free at last, delivered on public property in the presence of thousands of children, some of whose tender minds and psyches may have even been influenced by the speech, and still played on tax-supported public radio and TV , without a scintilla of warning that it is inappropriate for a young audience.

Little did the framers of the First Amendment realize that they would make the teaching of American history so darn difficult. ' Robert D. Snider, Medford