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I live in the interface between the mountains and the city of Ashland, and have followed the controversy over the recent shooting of a cougar within the city limits.

I would urge people on both sides of the issue to read "Beast in the Garden" by David Baron. Don't be turned away by the title. The book is not anti-cougar, but rather the true and fascinating story of how Boulder, Colo., and the people living in the foothills of Colorado's Front Range were confronted with the same situation Ashland faces when potentially dangerous animals become habituated to humans and begin feeling comfortable among them. — John Bullock, Ashland

The sting on unlicensed movers disgusts me. When you go to craigslist to find a mover you don't expect a professional. You just want some help.

We have moved many times and only twice used professional movers.

Not everyone has friends and family to help. Not everyone has fine furniture and valuable possessions to "protect." Most of all, right now, not everyone has a job. This is a terrible time to take away a source of extra income from people.

I am so tired of being "protected" from things I don't need protecting from. Like cougars and a church's sacramental herbs and unlicensed movers. — Maridale Moore, Ashland

I've noticed that the anti-evolutionists love to scorn the term "theory." What about Einstein's theory of relativity? Those who hang their hats (dunce caps?) on the idea that a theory is a mere conjecture should do some research on the meaning of the word "theory." Start with Webster's definition #1. — Julie Hoskins, Jacksonville

I thought I might have left over $100 in cash on the counter when I paid for my purchase at Wal-Mart. I was almost embarrassed to ask, but I did.

After describing the exact amount, time of day and check stand number I was told that they had my money waiting for me! In these days when every buck counts and there is nothing more anonymous than cash, I am stunned.

I wish to applaud Wal-Mart, their employees and their customers. I hope they feel half as good as I do. Thanks for doing the right thing. — Barbara Donneaud, Medford

Every child in America has an undeniable right to two things: a good, secure home where love and compassion flourish and a good school, where he and she can be educated and can learn without discrimination or wondering about his or her safety and security. This great America with its military might and affluence has failed to a certain degree in fulfilling these needs.

School is such an important part of life and living for so many years. These are important as children grow and develop physically and mentally. These are important years for forming ideals, having the influence of adults, models, thinking of goals for the future.

It is in home and school that our young people begin to build self-esteem, self-worth, confidence and assurance in their abilities and that each and every one is an individual and has an identity. However, our culture offers very little to provide worthwhile standards of life and living for our young people. — Ralph J. Denman, Central Point

Several people have written in saying that they hoped President Obama fails in all of his aspirations for America in this world and also our own economy.

People like this should live with the terrorists. It's a good thing they don't have a brain or they could be dangerous.

I didn't vote for President Obama, but I pray he succeeds in all he does.

The man who wrote in to the Tribune about them printing the editorial from the L.A. Times was irate because he did not agree with this. He said the Tribune was a bunch of idiots. (Where did all the brains go?)

I agree with the Tribune at times and disagree at times. This is what I should do — use my own brain — and the Tribune lets me do this.

Thanks to all of you at the Tribune for doing a great job.

I know that all of the awards the Tribune has gotten were not for being a nothing newspaper. Thank you again. — John Guertler, Phoenix

Why has a community service officer recently called on me twice about graffiti in the back alley?

I am angry that I am supposed to spend time and money (why aren't criminal work crews cleaning up messes created by vandals?) covering it up, but was planning to when the weather got warm. This was not enough for the officer who has repeatedly pressured me to paint now.

Other more important crimes in our neighborhood like tire slashings haven't been solved. Why are petty things getting time, money and attention when schools, infrastructure, crime prevention/solution, etc., need funding? Why are victims being farther victimized? Have the perpetrators been caught? (Not likely!)

This type of prioritizing/public outreach will not generate support for the police. I walked down the alley by my house and saw more graffiti on other fences (more victims). They had not been painted over. Winter is not the time to paint.

Our future is being mortgaged by tax dollars on the federal level to bail out corporate criminals and this is what local tax dollars are being spent on! When future levies are put on the ballot to fund local services I will be sure to vote very critically. — Phil Colvard, Medford