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When you go to town, there are beggars on every corner. You get home and the phone starts to ring. Oh yes, more beggars asking for money.

A lot of them are public workers, such as police and firefighters. Schoolteachers also send your kids home begging from you and your neighbors. The public worker is making 20 percent more than the private sector, retiring 10 years early, with fat PERS accounts.

Come on America, get back your pride. Stop being greedy. Think about the future generations. No one owes you anything in America. Get off your backside and work for it.

Politicians might think about it, too. — Billy Rutherford, Eagle Point

Jack Walker called Dave Gilmore a nitpicker over a mere $250,000 that he saved the county.

Typical politician. The commissioners have seen their salary increase about $26,000 since 2008.

Jack and Sue voted themselves a 21 percent increase before that.

Jack stated the increase was not for them, it was to attract more qualified candidates.

Jack and C.W. claim they would be worth their salary in the private sector. I would really like to see the line of private sector just waiting to hire these two. Neither Walker Used Auto Parts nor Walker Driveline Service could have earned one-third of his current salary, benefits and PERS. C.W. could go back to selling Indian motorcycles and lose another million or so.

C.W. knew that if he did not refuse the last increase he would not get voted in. Guess what. He immediately took it. This time he "does not want to talk about it."

Look at it this way: The higher their salary when they get voted out, the greater their PERS will be. We sympathize with their illnesses, but they were absent a lot at full pay. My grandfather called politicians like these "hogs at the trough." — Leroy Moore, Eagle Point

For folks concerned about the survival of a livable planet, nothing poses a greater threat than runaway human population growth. But nations successful in stabilizing growth are now threatened with Third World migration.

The fly-in-the-ointment in correcting all of this has been "birthright citizenship." Several countries have recently modified their policy on birthright citizenship, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and France. It's time for the United States to do the same.

In the U.S., the problem seems to be either ignorance or politics, and it's not easy to tell the difference. Most big name politicians and seemingly all the mainstream media continue to harp on difficulties surrounding changes to the 14th Amendment. However, there's no need to change the Constitution. There are three bills languishing in Congress now designed to end birthright citizenship, and they don't touch the 14th Amendment.

Maybe these politicos and pundits don't know what they are talking about — not too hard to believe — or maybe they simply want to misinform the public for reasons they don't want to talk about.

One thing's for certain, though, whatever drives them, they're obviously not concerned about the survival of a livable planet. — Robert Bennett, Grants Pass