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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

In Memory of Max, the only way good changes will be made on the killing of cats at Jackson County Animal Care and Control is when the attitude of "shoot 'em, shovel 'em and shut up" is gone. I don't care how many scanners the shelter has, you must have a scanner that works at all times, and you actually have to use it! I volunteered at JCAC from 1992 to 1998, and it is a shame that some things never change. Shame on the shelter. — Geri Landeros, Medford

My sincere condolences to the David Farrel family for the tragic, senseless loss of their cat, Max. How many other cats have met Ms. Macuk and her staff who have been collared, microchipped and/or family pets?

Even cats with "notched ears" have been euthanized by Ms. Macuk, as she states in Sunday's MT front-page story. She also states that cats do not bring in any revenue, and that it is her "job" to do what she is doing. I believe that I am one of many who might suggest that she is not doing her job well. A mistake, such as the one made with Max, is a big one, and she and your staff do indeed need more education and training in many areas of "animal control."

Please let us all help to rectify this sad situation. Spay, neuter and keep your cats inside! Animals are not "disposable!" Never, ever again do I want to read a story about another little "Max" or God forbid, another "Meshach." We must find an alternative to our current careless, tragic inhumanity in this matter. The need is long overdue and the time is now. — Lisa Traugott, Talent

The Sunday "war on wolves" article raises additional societal issues. Wolves, coyotes and dogs can interbreed, yielding fertile offspring.

Using a strict definition of the term "species," these three taxa would need be called different races rather than different species. The San Gabriel Mountain area of California represents a rural/urban interface with coyotes in the mountains and dogs in the residential valleys. Dogs that wander into the mountains get killed by coyotes, and no bones of hybrids are ever found. In the northeast, coydogs are more common. When wolves were released into Yellowstone, they displaced coyotes by digging up coyote dens and killing, not eating, the spring pups. The stopping of this racial warfare seems a job for the supreme court unless it is natural. — Gerald Holmquist, Shady Cove

Boy Scout Troops 102 and 91 would like to thank the people of Central Point for their generosity during the Christmas tree pickup program. We use these funds to help pay for summer camp, and we have been doing this program for more than 20 years.

We also would like to thank Lonnie, the office manager for Biomass One, and Darrell, the truck driver for providing the recycling process. — Andy DeKorte, Central Point