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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Oregon Trail cards abusedLast week I received an education on where some of our tax money goes.

While standing outside Winco as my wife was shopping inside, a man approached me and asked for a cigarette. Since I do smoke, I gave him one. He then asked if I'd like to make some money and took out his Oregon Trail card.

The man offered to enter the store with me and let me use it to spent $30 if I would pay him $10 in return. I responded that I wasn't interested and suggested he use the card for his own necessities. His answer was that he "had more than he needs."

Absolutely livid, I immediately went into the store to tell the manager. He explained this happens fairly often, but there's nothing they can do about it except ask the perpetrator to leave. I say there is something that can be done. That is, decrease the amount of money given to Oregon Trail recipients as apparently they are getting "more than they need." Perhaps this "extra" tax money could then be used to help support our police and fire departments who don't have "more than they need." &

8212; J. Hubbard, Medford

Disappointed in Smith, WydenThank goodness there were a few clear-thinking Democratic senators in the March 15 vote on Senate Joint Resolution 9. What a slap in the face this resolution would have been to our soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq! If this ridiculous Pelosi/Reid/Murtha resolution would have passed, we would have basically empowered the terrorist insurgents to just wait us out!

I am disappointed, embarrassed and angry that both Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Gordon Smith voted to pass this resolution! Especially at a time when we are making great strides toward success in Iraq.

If you think this war is expensive to fight there, just imagine what the cost would be to fight it on our own soil. We didn't ask for this fight, but we must win it!

My son-in-law is a captain in the Marine Corps so you can believe me when I tell you that nobody wants our soldiers to come home more than me. I guarantee you they do not want to come home in defeat!

We need to stop listening to a few "Bush-haters" and do what is right for this country and for the Iraqi people! Senator Smith, election day is coming. Goodbye! &

8212; Terry Hutcheson, Central Point

Can it be?As a liberal I have certain principles to which I adhere. My friends on the right also have principles upon which they say they will not compromise.

While I believe in the right of a woman to make choices about her childbearing, I understand that my friends on the right hold the opposite opinion and oppose abortion. While I believe that all people should have the right to equal standing under the law as it applies to loving unions, I understand that some believe that marriage should be limited to a man and a woman. While I believe that certain limits on gun ownership are reasonable, I know that some people believe that the right to gun ownership should not be abridged.

I am led to wonder how people who have such convictions on these matters of such great import can decide to throw them aside to pursue political victory. Can it be that the runaway leader among Republican presidential candidates is a thrice-married New York lawyer who has stated that he is pro-choice, pro-gay rights and an advocate of gun control? &

8212; Doyle Powell, Phoenix