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"Administration's handgun brief rankles the right" Monday is indicative of class warfare of the establishment elite against common working-class people.

Hopefully this odious Bolshevik-style 1976 Washington, D.C., handgun ban will be rightfully overturned by the Supreme Court. A handgun remains the cheapest life insurance policy/homeland security for the honest citizen.

Comments on this are posted online at www.keepandbeararms.com under "Newslinks for Monday, January 21st." — James A. Farmer, Ashland

We are in a hopeless war; our economy is failing, the stock market is falling and the Mail Tribune features an article regarding raccoons on the front page! Where are your priorities? — Audrey Green, Central Point

It's great that SOU has seen fit to renovate their fitness center. Now maybe they can work on a plan to actually allow their students and staff to use their swimming pool. — Jack Opgenorth, Ashland

A "failed presidency." The facts are there to see plus our thanks to Bill Clinton:

Thanks for introducing us to Jennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky, Dolly Kyle Browning, Kathleen Willey and Juanita Boderick. Did I leave anyone out?

Thanks for removing the White House silverware. I'm sure Laura Bush didn't like the pattern anyway.

Thanks for Bill, his wife and their daughter calling their Secret Service agents "trained pigs."

Thanks for the 19 charges, eight convictions and four imprisonments from the Whitewater "mess" and the 55 criminal charges and 32 convictions (so far) in the other "Clinton" scandals.

Thanks to their staff for vandalizing and destroying government property on their way out.

Thanks for the 140 pardons of convicted felons and indicted felons-in-exile. We will love to have them rejoin society. (Not to mention the scores he pardoned while governor of Arkansas.) Finally, I hope Hillary enjoys the $8 million dollar advance for her "tell-all" book, and Bill, the $10 million dollar advance for his memoirs. Who says crime doesn't pay? — Jerry Hall, Medford

This letter is in support of my boys' Southern Oregon Educational Service District teacher, an autism specialist. Two of my boys have autism — one on each end of the autism spectrum. Our autism specialist has been working without a contract since July of 2007. She supports children with autism in Three Rivers School District.

As you may have heard, autism is on the rise and affects one in 150 people! Oregon has many children with autism. The need for specialists in this field is not going away. Autism is a very unique disorder, and a special needs teacher alone is not going to be able to create the individualized behavioral plan needed for these kids to succeed.

As a parent of two children with autism, I urge the SOESD board and superintendent, Steve Boyarsky, to give these highly skilled professionals the contract they deserve. I beg them to give our special needs children the help they need to live their lives to their fullest potential. Without this invaluable resource, I just don't believe that is going to be possible for the numerous children living with autism in our community. — Krista Stromme, Grants Pass