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Dick Cheney should remember that right now, Barack Obama is president of these wonderful United States of America! — Ginny Hinton, Talent

I would like to agree with the comment on the art walk by Robin Thayer-Harvey on May 27. In my opinion, to further our shared artistic evolution as a culture, we must give credit where credit is due.

Consider history: In the 1890s, the Impressionists were considered brash and offensive by the mainstream. Those artists are now considered modern masters.

Think of Vincent Van Gogh, or even Picasso. What would the world be without them?

In the 1980s, the Haitian-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, originally a graffiti artist, created canvases that sold then and now for millions of dollars, and are modern masterpieces. True modern art is meant to challenge the mind. If you don't understand something, don't knock it. You may be looking at the next Andy Warhol or Jackson Pollock. Please support all local artists, and God bless the Medford Art Walk. Thank you. — Mark W. Paine, Gold Hill

Obama versus Cheney (MT May 22) has all the makings of a modern-day, medieval morality play of good versus evil.

The former vice president, the true guardian of all that went wrong, battles the former street organizer, holding aloft the banner "Let's Work Together for the common Good." This activist scholar, our president, busy reinstating rational governance, is pitted against the brutal champion of corporate power and influence, unable to admit defeat or wrongdoing.

One seeks to re-outfit America with constitutional law; the other, Cheney, to rearm past failures with more of the same. His banner reads, "The End Justifies the Means, Torture is Good: It Works."

He proclaims to all who will listen, "Believe me or die!" President Obama coolly replies, "Documented cases prove otherwise; interrogations based on building trust have proved to be highly successful, and, consistent with our democratic ideals and values, are legal."

President Obama, in this clash heard around the world, allegorical or not, will receive a standing ovation. He's the "good guy," the people's champion. — Joor Bol, Ashland

Are we to believe that the outgoing Shady Cove Water District board members found it prudent to hold a "training session" five weeks before they are scheduled to leave office?

This comes on the heels of the current board changing the bylaws regarding eligible candidates after the filing deadline had passed. In addition, the Water District has closed its doors after offering refunds to individuals who request it. Since it was legally determined to be a tax, shouldn't the district make an effort to return all the monies that were improperly collected?

The people have spoken with an 87 percent-plus vote to replace all the current board members. The board should yield to the democratic process, quietly step aside and provide whatever records exist to the incoming board members.

I suspect Mr. Collier will not find the new board as receptive to his ideas. Enough is enough. — John Burgess, Shady Cove