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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

I wish you had put the articles about Jane Carpenter's legacy on the front page. She and her family have done so much to help Valley residents.

Although she would probably have disagreed, I feel that Jane Carpenter deserved front-page coverage for being the generous benefactor that she was. With so much media coverage about negative things people do, we need stories about good people helping others. It restores our faith in mankind. — Charlene Beaty, Medford

I am appalled at the TV stations and commercials that convey "season's greetings."

This is America! This isn't a police state of politically correctness. Minorities are not telling me what I can and can't say in order to not "offend" others of different beliefs.

So to all that read this, I am wishing one and all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. And may God have mercy on this country and bless us all. — Don Terrell, Phoenix

While typos, misspellings and factual errors come with the territory, when there is an intentional disregard for the public, the paper needs to be taken to task.

Too often, your copy editors (or headline writers) attempt to be too cute with very serious stories. Undoubtedly, a number of the more grievous examples have been brought to your editor's attention.

Last week, however, one headline broke all the bounds of good taste. The story (Dec. 7, page 3A) was about a man being run over — possibly several times — by a car driven by his ex-girlfriend. He was injured, but survived. The headline: "Former boyfriend survives being squished by squeeze." Ha-ha.

It might be time that a handful of your staff members learn the meaning of professionalism and sensitivity. — Chuck Wraight, Ashland

I realize your editorial endorsing the pedestrian bridge over Barnett Road was only two days ago as I write this, but my tears have only now dried at the thought that some poor jogger might have to stop for at least 60 seconds to be able to cross Barnett with the stoplight. It will cost only a couple of million, you explain.

Why a $2 million bridge? Why not an underpass under the two existing bridges? Anyone in such a rush that they can't halt for even a few seconds would be able to pass safely and quickly. Bet you could build an underpass of a few joints of 6-foot-diameter culvert for a nominal sum and save a fortune. — Jim Brunner, Medford

If everyone would obey the Ten Commandments, the world would be a better place.

Consider this: (1) There would be no crime, (2) no divorce, (3) no profanity, (4), no child or parent abuse, (5) no robberies (6) no lying (of course, there isn't one that prohibits speeding!), and (7) unwanted pregnancies would be a thing of the past.

Listen up, all ye people. It all starts with one person and spreads. Of course the lawyers would have to apply for welfare, poor guys.

Oh well, none of this will ever happen, so stay out of trouble! — Marjorie Monroe, Jacksonville