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I'm from the government I'm here to help you. I was just going to call you. The check is the mail. Recognize the three biggest lies ever told?

Now add another one. That's why I ran for public office, because I care about people who live around here.

Commissioner Smith should have added, but I care more for businesses than I do for you. My track record proves it! Ashland Sanitary, Mercy Flights, Cattleman's Association. ' Charles D. Tisler, Central Point

Skateboarder beware

To the skateboarding delinquent who stole the white bench from our front porch early (2:30 a.m.) Sunday morning Jan. 15 in Eastridge Village: I hope you are enjoying it.

It was very helpful to us as a place to put our stuff while we unlocked our front door. Kitty also misses it very much. She would sit there on rainy days to watch the world go by.

I should have let you build your ramp, or whatever, before I called the police so they could catch you with it, instead of yelling out the window to you to bring it back, in vain. I've heard you skateboarding in the middle of the night before, and have let it slide, even though it is posted as not allowed at both entrances to the complex.

— Now that I know that you are a thief and a peeping Tom (I saw you looking in other backyards), I will call the police first next time. Also, to the parent of the delinquent who probably lives in Eastridge: If you should come across the mentioned item within your domain that wasn't there before, you might talk to your child/teenager. We sure would like it back! ' Elaine Cabanyog, Medford

A lazy lifestyle

I, like many others, I'm sure, was appalled to read the stories about the Pancoast/Johnson family, not just because of what they do but also because of their philosophies. They have no business criticizing Alan DeBoer, who gave money to them out of the goodness of his heart. DeBoer has worked legitimately for his money, like this family should and can.

I do appreciate the Mail Tribune's reporting of this story and positive light you shed on ACCESS, an excellent, responsible, local nonprofit organization.

I own a business and find it insulting that someone could consciously panhandle as a way of life and subject their children to this lazy lifestyle. I'd rather work for my money legitimately and have self respect at the end of the day.

I don't understand why they have the attitude that they're owed something. It seems something they owe themselves and their children is dignity (i.e., get a job ' even a temporary one!) and taking responsibility. ' Larissa Owens, Medford

Poppy donations help

Veterans of Foreign Wars volunteers were outside the Medford Wal-Mart on Veterans' Day weekend seeking donations for our Red Poppy fund.

Medford VFW Post 1833 thanks the adults who generously donated money to support past, present and future soldiers. We also thank the children who reached into their pockets to offer what they could. All of you are much appreciated! We also want to thank Stefanie King, the Wal-Mart manager who provided a place for our volunteers.

The Red Poppy donations help our soldiers immensely. Gift and food baskets, calling cards and much-needed financial support will go to our soldiers and their families in need.

You represent what the United States of America is all about. We are proud of you and understand why we fought for you.

We apologize for taking so long to thank you. Please realize that many of us are older and a bit slow. ' Don Thomson and the members of Medford VFW Post 1833