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Tear out the hatcheryLet me guess. The Cole Rivers fish hatchery answers to Gov. Ted Kulongoski or some other elected politician and then they answer to the conservation groups who just happen to hate hatchery fish.

So when your special interest groups start tearing out dams for your wild fish, go ahead and tear out the Cole hatchery. The Cole hatchery never could achieve its full potential and hatchery fish are just not worth fighting over anymore. And you ask why?

Maybe Mail Tribune reporter Mark Freeman, who does not seem to know much about hatchery fish, should find out why. Whatever the answer is, taxpayers better get their wallets out because you can't expect the special interest groups to pay for all these wonderful ideas. &

8212; Tom Rolie, Medford

Bomb was necessary

The accusation in the Oct. 28 letter to the editor, "Bomb was unnecessary," that President Truman believed a lie and dropped the atomic bombs, is unfounded.

The president was surrounded by honest, intelligent, and courageous military advisers who in this case were wrong. To say the president was correct is to mention that he was forced to drop two bombs, not one.

Japan was ready to surrender? It had endured far worse damage in one night on Tokyo, where one million were left homeless.

Iwo Jima was defended to the death by Japanese forces because it was "holy ground" considered a part of Japanese homeland. Its mayor was the mayor of Tokyo. There were almost 26,000 U.S. Marine casualties, with 7,000 killed. Its airbase was strategic to the defense of the homeland. So was Tokyo.

In 1945 Japan fought to the death to hold a barren, sulfur-filled island 650 miles from Tokyo. To point out to the legion of dissenters from 1945 until today, who argue that Japan would not have fought to the death on the shores of its sacred homeland, it takes no more than to bring to memory another awful event; the second atomic bomb. &

8212; Kenneth Mak, Medford

Higher education, or lower?I am a mother of two and a full-time student at Southern Oregon University. Yesterday, in my English class, we listened downheartedly as our professor discussed the prospects of an ever-dwindling budget &

8212; programs will be cut, teachers will not be rehired, class selection will be fewer, and tuition will continue to increase. This will be our beloved higher education.

As I sat here tonight, working on a creative writing assignment, I came across this quote by John Adams (I am assuming the John Adams who was the second president of the United States). Please print it.

"I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain." &

8212; Felicia Cruz, Phoenix