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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

All convicted inmates should literally pay for their crimes, not the taxpayers.

As an alleged criminal enters the jail, they can be made aware that if convicted they will pay the $50 per day maintenance fee, the total of which will be collected by a collection agency — no cost to taxpayers. In lieu of their not having funds or adequate income, they will have the option to work off the value in community services.

This can be done either with the Community Justice Work Crew under its paid supervision, or they can be sent to nonprofit and tax-supported services to do their time so the work crew costs will be avoided.

If the felon chooses to move, they are still responsible for the fees and will know that their credit may be in jeopardy if they are delinquent, or a court process can make a claim against their properties. Some kind of court process must also determine the inmates ability to pay, on a sliding scale if needed. In the long run, everyone wins. — Neil Stafford, Grants Pass

Regarding the dime increase in the minimum wage, the owner can charge about 2 cents more for a pizza at Geppetto's in Ashland. If he sells five pizzas in an hour, that's the dime an hour for an employee. I'll pay 2 cents or five cents more for a pizza; it's not a deal-breaker.

Lower-wage earners generally have to put their earning back into the economy. I'd rather do business where owners care a bit more about their employees, so I'll go to a different pizza joint.

Vote for or against your local businesses with your dollars. — Mike Ferolito, Talent

I would like to know how much of our taxpayers' money was spent to change the school crossing signs from "When children are present" to "7 a.m.-5 p.m." Now some are going back to "When children are present."

The other night I came out of a basketball game — it was late — but because the signs said after 5 p.m., cars were whizzing by — according to the law it was legal.

Whoever voted the sign change in should put their head on their shoulders where it belongs. Think before you change an age-old law that was working fine.

Some of these officials are, what's the saying — "Lights on, but nobody's home"! — Richard Golphenee, Medford

Regarding Dish Network and its games — are you tired and don't want to take it anymore? I am. We value Channel 12! We never look at over half of the other offerings on Dish Network. For instance, we do not watch children's, shopping, comedy or sports programming for starters, yet they are built into our charges. I recommend:

Call Dish Network at 1-800-333-3474 and tell them how you feel. Don't let them brush you off; talk until they put you through to a specialist, and repeat. Then e-mail them at feedback@customermail.dishnetwork.com.

If you call their advertisers, tell them how much you value Channel 12 and that you will support them by shopping at said advertisers. Now they are starting on another local channel! This is arrogance and bullying.

Perhaps it really is time for legislation requiring individual channel choice for satellite and cable subscribers. I sense that Dish Network could be the precipitator of a drive by the electorate for just such legislation. — Kathleen Heritage, Rogue River

Jerry LaFountain suggests that Dish TV customers should realize that Channel 12 is "freely" available on the air, throughout much of Medford.

His "modest" antenna cost is $100 at the Michigan website he provides. Then, for those of us not completely in the digital age, a converter is necessary ($60). If we are unable to install everything, a service technician is $50 and upwards.

So, for an outlay of $200 or so, I can watch Channel 12. It seems to me that Dish and KDRV were talking about pennies a day separating them. My $200 is then worth about 20,000 days (54.79 years) of viewing.

Channel 12 doesn't seem to care about its viewership. During renewal of licenses, doesn't the FCC take comments? Channel 12 also forgets that I can watch 10 and 5 for local and weather. I just miss some broadcast shows. Big whoop.

Dish is running the names of advertisers. Maybe we should all call and discuss our worth to them. Free TV isn't free, and Channel 12 is not worth $200. — Keith Brostad, Central Point