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Thank you Mail Tribune for a taxpayer alert that another $12 million box is happening.

After the shocking tragic death of one of our 20-year-old youths in an Albertsons parking lot, we're supposed to "pony up" for a new 35,000-square-foot, $12 million police station? Hello?

We need to rethink our fear-based, bunker mentality and our true need for more uniformed, combat-ready adults. Really? What happened to our compassion for our youth? Why not invest that $12 million teaching young men (12-18 years old) creative, adventurous skills, mechanics, science, woodworking, art, music, athletics, city design, environmental studies, etc.?

Is the only answer to a problem more police, more guns, more boxes for problems? Or are we losing our humanity to our combat-ready, militarized economy?

Do we need another $12 million box, or do we need compassion? — Marie Griffith, Phoenix

I appreciated learning about the blog and podcast "Mysterious Mormon Moms" in the recent front page article. I too am a woman of the Mormon faith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Although I do not know any of five women producing the podcasts, I can relate to their desire to dispel myths about our shared religion. When knowledge of our faith and beliefs is absent, misunderstanding and gross misconceptions occur. Sadly, some other congregations have falsely taught that the Mormon faith is nonChristian. How I would love to shout from the mountain tops that this is so untrue. We believe the Bible, we worship Jesus Christ, and we strive daily to live the gospel he preached.

Others often are curious of our lifestyle because we honor the Sabbath, observe a health code of no smoking or alcohol, preach the gospel with missionaries and worship in temples. It is wonderful that these women are explaining in their own words what they believe and live as woman of the Mormon faith. Thank you to the Mail Tribune for bringing to light these podcasts for me and many in our communtiy. — Sunni West, Medford

As I read about Jimmy Georgeson's death, my first thoughts were how to prevent this from happening to my sons. I felt duty-bound to review with them consequences of steering a full-sized vehicle at a federal marshal or otherwise physically combating police in the performance of their appointed duty.

I'm trying to instill in my sons the desire and skills to live meaningful lives that do not attract violent intervention by law enforcement. I teach them to have confidence in their ability to control themselves; to trust public servants to work for their best interest or else work within the system for change when needed, and to accept and grow from any social debt they may be assigned. I will not stand with a poster in front of a sympathetic newspaper reporter pretending injustice.

May we help our sons everywhere contribute to making the world a better place. This paper does them a disservice by sanctifying a troubled young man and vilifying marshals that as far as I know were following their training while their lives were at risk in the course of serving the public. — Marvin Olsen, Central Point

I am opposed to the Cherry Creek project not because I don't want it "in my backyard" or because I am opposed to low-income housing, but because the location is wrong.

It makes no sense to drop an island of 100 two-story apartments (400 residents) onto 6 acres. This density would be similar to that of a large metropolis, which Medford is not.

If this project were to be built, the residents would have no sidewalks connecting them to services, such as shopping or medical, it would be unsafe for children to walk to schools and the closest public transportation is half a mile away. This does not look out for the welfare of anyone residing in or traveling through these neighborhoods. — K. Mankins, Medford

From the quotes in Friday's article wherein again he is trying to stick his hands in our pockets, I sense that as a group of ignorant redneck rubes, Medford voters are far too backwoods for the "progressive" Mr. Sjothun. Then again, if we find ourselves swayed by Chief George's declaration of self-interest — "other police departments in the state have supported his contention that better facilities improve law enforcement," then perhaps we are that ignorant and deserve to have our pockets picked so that these folks can not only remain at the trough, but can have fancier troughs with all the luxuries they can right now imagine.

Based on their guesstimate figures, which are guaranteed to increase as does every municipal project we have ever seen, we can have it all for the price of a few of those cups of fancy Mellelo's coffee we often see Chief George, Mr. Sjothun and their cronies enjoying as we drive by Mellelo's during our workdays, part of each of which is spent earning the money to support these guys in the styles to which they are or would like to become accustomed. Again, Medford, in this economy, Just say no. — Joe Lee, Medford

In the Mail Tribune I read "Graffiti removers seek stronger tool."

A good tool could be to involve at-risk youth in creatively making signs in the size of graffiti, laminating them, and then gluing them to the uncleanable surfaces.

Messages on the signs should include quotes from famous people, for example:

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift; that's why we call it the present." — Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962 — Ingrid LeBleu, Medford

Thanks to generous Jackson County residents, the Salvation Army brightened Christmas for over 1,600 needy families this year — 400 more than last year.

When it appeared we'd be short of food or toys, the local media stepped in and informed you that we needed help. Your overwhelming response ensured that we had enough food and toys to meet the need.

Because of your kindness, needy families enjoyed a Christmas meal and their children had toys to open Christmas morning. A total of 5,991 individuals including 2,961 children 12 and under received a hand up this Christmas. We couldn't have done it without your generosity.

What a blessing it is to live and work in a community that has an abundant spirit of giving to those in need. Our compassionate supporters are indispensable to our organization and we want you to know how much we value and appreciate you. — Captain Martin Cooper, The Salvation Army-Jackson County

Climate change is happening locally as Alan Journet wrote on Jan. 14 in the Mail Tribune. What should we do about it?

First, take a class from him (seniors over 50 classes through SOU's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) to give you an understanding of the data and process of it. Secondly, learn what you can do to save the earth's species.

Start by reducing your car travel. Figure 19.4 lbs of carbon dioxide released from each gallon of gas when burned by car. A light domestic car traveling 12,000 miles per year would release 3.5 tons of carbon dioxide for the year.

I travel less and at slower speeds (55-60 mph on the freeway) with my hybrid car. Last year I traveled 8,751 miles on 204 gallons of gas to produce two tons of carbon dioxide. Compared that with a domestic car traveling 12,000 miles, I've reduced the release of carbon dioxide by 1.5 tons.

Well, that's a start on my part, but two tons of greenhouse gas is maybe too much per person for the earth to deal with. We have a long way to go. — Porter Lombard, Medford