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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Letter was on the markRegarding Robert Lowe's letter Aug. 28: I couldn't agree more, they take our money and give us whatever they want.

The Hallmark Channel went to digital which, of course, costs more. I've already signed up a new ISP, faster and less expensive. The TV will go to satellite soon. Good for you, Robert. &

8212; Robert Roe, Medford

How neighborlyThis is in response to the "neighbors" of Kathy Kodak in Phoenix. We have had "neighbors" in the past. It shows they have no class or are not considered "neighborly." They should be proud of themselves for throwing dog feces in her yard. Everyone works hard for what they have and they should be ashamed of themselves for their disgusting behavior. If they want privacy, they should put up their own trees. "Making it miserable for her." What a neighborly act. &

8212; A. Green, Medford Wisdom from the pastCurrent election propaganda is using fear: About terrorism, inflation, Social Security, not enough state troopers, etc. Americans aren't cowards; they'll face challenges. The only thing America needs to fear is apathy. Burying your head in the sand makes you a pawn of big business/government.

At this critical point, listen to wisdom from the past:

Theodore Roosevelt said, "To announce that there must be no criticism of the president or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."

Robert Taft claimed, "Criticism in a time of war is essential to the maintenance of any kind of democratic government."

Eisenhower warned, "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."

Let's find true facts, use constructive criticism, not be swayed by some radio/television's "fear/hate mongers." It's time for our country to come together; that means extremists cannot just dig in their heels &

8212; we'll have to compromise a little; move to our center. &

8212; Larry D. Gourley, Rogue River

An American problemDon't you think that it's about time to start asking our elected representatives some unscripted questions? Only the willfully blind or hard-shell Republicans and Democrats, with blinders on, are still blaming each other for America's immigration problems.

Hey, guys, get over it, this not a Democratic or Republican problem. It's an American problem, and if our present elected politicians can't get a handle on it, then it's time to elect some new blood.

How many times and in how many ways do we have to tell our Pollyanna politicians that we don't want no stinking amnesty for people here illegally? Immigration has been talked to death; it's time for some action.

The carefully staged protests by illegals and their friends in May made it clear that they believe that because illegal aliens work hard and usually stay out of trouble we must ignore our immigration laws and welcome them. So what if they overuse our public and medical services. Where else can we get someone to pick our orchards and mow our grass so cheap? That's not going to float anymore.

Congress, it's time for you to hunker down and put up or shut up. &

8212; Henry Stevens, Medford

Response inappropriateI've noticed from recent letters in this forum that I was not the only one attending the Bear Creek Park concert on July 23 who felt that a Medford police officer responded inappropriately to someone's complaint about an Indian man dancing to the music in front of the audience.

I was close enough to the front to know with certainty that the dancer was not being obnoxious, loud, or harassing anyone. I've seen him at many concerts in the park over the years and have never seen him make a nuisance of himself.

The police have a responsibility to evaluate a complaint to determine whether it's valid, not just to do something to satisfy the person who complained. And police shouldn't be harassing an individual just because he's an easy target. Like this person who is a minority, homeless, probably doesn't pay taxes, probably doesn't own a home, probably doesn't vote and probably doesn't have anyone to defend him against unfair treatment either.

To the police officer and the complainer: Come on, guys, lighten up. Be less narrow-minded and more tolerant of those who have different lifestyles than the average person. He wasn't hurting anyone or anything. &

8212; Bob Bessey, Medford