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It's clear to me that selected outrage is alive and well. After witnessing these "student athletes" paraded on stage professing their outrage for the ignorant statements of Don Imus, hypocrisy is also alive.

Hip-hop, rap and comedians have degraded women of all colors for years. Yet Don, who is one of the original "shock jocks," must apologize 15 ways to every media pundit dumb enough to address his story.

I just don't grasp the outrage those young women of the Reuters basketball team feel. Were Don's statements derogatory and insensitive? Absolutely. If we are holding Don Imus to that standard, then we need to hold every hip-hop artist, rapper and comedian accountable for their words.

I question the outrage when Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton jump off the fence all fired up. Jesse and Al, two men who profit from, rather than help, to solve real problems. — Stanley W. Lyon Jr., Jacksonville

So, wi did wee clothes the liberrys? 'Cuz wee kneaded the doe for bedder stuff in Orogon — stuff lik poleese to git bums owt of the parks, peepol to run siddy hall, red paint four sydwalks, rode construkshun.

I meen, wee allreddy no the three Rs, "Reeding," "Riting," and "Rithmatik." — Kathleen Bryan-Panos, Shady Cove

Regarding "Health care more important" (April 9): As a physician in a small, busy practice in Medford I am now looking for a young physician to join my practice. What should I say to that physician and his or her family when they ask about the library and schools here? If you were a young physician with a family, would you seriously consider a community that had trouble funding such basic services as a library system?

A community should try to support at least some basic services for its citizens, and to think that we can have a vibrant, growing, safe community without those services may mean that we stop being able to attract doctors, dentists, fire and police professionals, to name just a few. Before we accuse things like a library system as being superfluous or too expensive, we should step back and look at the larger picture. — James W. Theen, M.D., Medford

We can go to war for the cause of freedom. We can open pornography shops for the cause of freedom. We can spend untold millions on beer and cigarettes.

And, of course, we have millions to help rebuild our enemies' countries.

Yet a mother or father can't take a child to the library on a sunny Saturday afternoon, and without public libraries, how many 50-year-old men and women will have to watch the news of the war in Iraq on television because they sure can't read the newspapers. — Patrick Ryan, Medford

As an individual who has the opportunity to help plan city activities in Central Point, I was extremely disheartened by the apathy of the parents of this city on Monday, April 9.

The city of Central Point provided a free class for parents to learn more about Internet safety. Only 20 people attended this free, most important and informative meeting. The Saturday prior to this class over 500 people packed into Pfaff Park to visit with the Easter Bunny and hunt eggs.

I would imagine that more people are concerned with who the father of Anna Nicole Smith's baby is than protecting their own children. Our society is so geared toward entertainment that no one pays attention to a real threat in their own homes, the computer and predators that are lurking in cyberspace.

Parents will wonder why something happens to their children if they are involved in a crime or become a victim. Wake up, Central Point parents! — Jennifer Boardman, Central Point

Wouldn't it be nice if, when the next election comes up, our community leaders remind us how hard they worked at letting our libraries close? I suggest we all remember this, and when they all run for re-election we vote for someone else. This starts from the city all the way up to state government. They all failed us — and our children. — Dawn Norris, Medford