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Atkinson should know betterI don't care whether it is "legal" for a politician like Jason Atkinson to accept a trip to Maui from a beverage distributor group or not. Let me remind him that adultery is also "legal," but it still casts a dark cloud over one's character.

If Jason wants to go to Maui, he should pay for it himself. The mere appearance of impropriety is the same as an act of impropriety.

I would expect a self-described Christian man to know better. &

8212; Carl F. Worden, Eagle Point

Thanks for return

I was so glad to hear about the people who had a pharmacy run out to their home to take their prescription to them because they forgot it.

I recently picked up a prescription from Wal-Mart pharmacy and forgot it in the cart when I put everything in my car. Some wonderful person took it back to the store, God bless them, but when searching high and low in house and car for it the next day, I finally decided to call the Wal-Mart pharmacy to see if someone had returned it, they said yes. If I had asked them why they didn't even have the courtesy to call me I knew the conversation would not have gone in a good place.

Thank you again to the person who returned it. &

8212; M. Whelan, White City

Environmentalists silentI find it interesting that as the effort continues to eradicate the large cartel-operated marijuana grows in Jackson and northern Siskiyou counties, the response from the environmentalists has been absolute silence.

These are not little backyard dope patches; they are huge tracts of publicly-owned forest land that have been illegally cut to provide growing space and light, water sources that have been compromised to enable large-scale irrigation systems, large amounts of commercial fertilizers have been recklessly applied, and human waste and garbage is strewn everywhere; all ecosystem-upsetting activities that will have long-term effects on the land and the plants and animals that depend on it. Not to mention the dangerous situation posed by well-armed growers and their booby traps and dangerous security methods that are a very real danger to innocent hikers, hunters and animals.

Thankfully, we have dedicated law enforcement professionals willing to risk a great deal to take out these scourges on the environment and the community, so far totaling over a billion (with a B) dollars worth of confiscated illegal drugs. And all the environmental community can say is absolutely nothing. I wonder why? &

8212; John Dimick, Eagle Point