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Opp Mine doesn't fitThe sayings go: "Everything has a place" and "There's a time for everything."

When you think of Jacksonville, you think of a place that has historic charm, natural beauty, quiet neighborhoods, fine music, narrow streets and quaint shops. It's a place where people live, shop, work, visit and vacation. When you think of huge rock quarries and mining, you think of a place with dust, noise, pollution, ugly open pits, toxic contamination and industrial-strength truck traffic.

Doesn't sound like Jacksonville, does it? And yet the owners of the Opp gold mine want that site, located just a mile from the heart of Jacksonville, rezoned to allow mining. They believe they are entitled to its underground wealth, though they knew it was not zoned for quarrying/mining when they purchased the property.

Jackson County residents need to let the Planning Commission know they don't want an entire town sacrificed for the wealth of a few. &

8212; Terry Williams, Jacksonville Quarry threatens peaceI imagine by now everyone has heard about the proposed plan of the owners of the Opp Mine in Jacksonville.

The plan is to try to change the zoning of the 157-acre parcel to aggregate resource from woodland resource, which it is now. This on the heels of the recent purchase of a large parcel of land within 1,500 feet of this mine and the decision by Jacksonville to dedicate the land use to nature walks and parks use.

The citizens of Jackson County need to let the Jackson County Planning Department know how they feel about this. With one quarry less than a half-mile from this proposed one, the noise in the neighborhood and the dust, traffic and wildlife issues will be a huge change for not just the town itself but for all of the county's citizens when they seek relief from the heat in the peaceful, forested hills of this National Historic Registered town.

Let your elected officials know about this and how you feel about it; call, write or e-mail them. &

8212; Geraldine Leinfelder, Jacksonville

Our illegal originsThere is a suspicion in my family that my paternal great-grandparents were illegal immigrants. They originally emigrated from Germany to Canada but found the Saskatchewan winters somewhat severe so moved south to balmy North Dakota. In the late nineteenth century there were no border guards or fences on the wide open prairie.

The parents of this impoverished, illiterate, non-English speaking family then inopportunely died, leaving their orphan children dependent upon whatever social services existed at the time. Nevertheless, the descendents of these illegals became farmers, teachers, nurses, soldiers, librarians, business people, etc., etc., contributing in no small measure to the well-being of their communities and to our country. &

8212; Jim Bauermeister, Medford

Nothing has changedRegarding the two political parties, I am reminded of what the bandit (Republican) said about the people (Democrats) in the movie "The Magnificent Seven."

He said "If God didn't want them sheared, he wouldn't have made them sheep."

Pretty well sums it up, doesn't it? It evidently was true then and it certainly is true today! &

8212; Charles D. Tisler, Central Point