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Life in the leavesThe quiet morning was disrupted with the horrific sound of a chainsaw. For the second time in two weeks our shade trees have been killed.

Our neighbor complained about the leaves in the fall. She took it out on a tree that provided shade, wildlife and oxygen.

The evergreens towering from the other side of us fell today. They didn't hurt anything. They actually provided shade for our neighbor's early morning sun.

What is wrong with our society? There are those people who would rather get rid of "it," whatever it is, than face their own unhappiness. There is life and music in the leaves when the wind wisps through the limbs. — For the sake of all living things, breathe deeper and remember God gave us gifts of this planet to enrich our lives. Show some respect, if not for yourself, for others. &

8212; Patricia L. Grissom, Central Point

Salt is saltI've been exposed to much misinformation in the media, and usually brush it off with a laugh at people's gullibility in accepting unfounded theory as truth. However, the articles about salt (A la carte March 29) were too much to ignore.

The statement "extreme heat (1200 F) molecularly alters any food &

8212; salt included" is incorrect at best. While organic compounds can be denatured by cooking, the sodium and chloride ions (not molecules) that make up salt require the temperature of a plasma furnace (such as the sun) to alter them.

Possibly the lack of impurities in refined salt lends to the personal taste differences. In any case, the sodium and chloride channels in your body don't care if the salt came from Morton's, the sea or licking your driveway. Potassium iodide (not iodine) is added to salt to avoid goiters. Without a chemical analysis of the salt, you have no idea what you're eating.

The author states that her favorite salt is unprocessed sea salt from Brittany. In 1978, the Amoco Cadiz broke up off Brittany, spilling 69 million gallons of oil (the Exxon Valdez spilled 10.7 million gallons). The wreck seeps oil to this day. Perhaps this is the taste she favors. &

8212; Matthew C. Morey, Shady Cove

Send a messageA fortune was spent to build a monstrous library, with no foresight to see how to keep it running, moneywise.

No problem, let's just heap another property tax on the property owners, like $1.18 on each $1,000. That's $236 on every $200,000 home.

Ever since the environmentalists destroyed the timber industry that supported this valley, it's the property owners that are the scapegoats for the bills. My 85-year-old blind husband and I bought our home 32 years ago, through sweat and hard work while raising a family, thinking our old age would be comfortable. Well &

8212; hello to the real world.

Watch the November election, it'll be on the ballot. Vote right, and maybe the politicians will get the message: "Leave our homes alone."

By the way, I worked 25 years in the mills. &

8212; Jean Albertson, Medford

New highway neededThe city of Medford has given builders permission to build 5,000 new homes east of North Phoenix Highway. I don't have a problem with that, but I do have a problem with our outdated infrastructure.

Foothill Road is a disaster waiting to happen, especially by Lone Pine Road. Foothill should be a five-lane highway from Phoenix to White City. It should have little or no traffic lights and no roads intersecting it. The reason we need a new highway is to move as much traffic as quickly and efficiently as possible. Are we asking too much? &

8212; Gordon DeVos, Medford