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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

James Georgeson was reportedly a troubled youth without a history of violent behavior and did not possess a weapon at the time of his attempted arrest, therefore did not present an immediate threat to the public.

The Albertsons surveillance video clearly shows that the parking lot was full of cars and many innocent bystanders were trapped only feet away, unprotected, while a marshal, gun drawn, ran in pursuit of Georgeson's car.

Marshals chose the time and a crowded public place to attempt an arrest. They could have let him run rather than use deadly force. Georgeson had few resources, and could not have evaded arrest for long.

It is nothing less than a miracle that neither of the two passengers sitting next to Georgeson in his car, nor one of the reported 45 witnesses to the shooting were wounded or killed by one of the 20 shots fired by marshals.

Although the marshal officers involved in that shooting were cleared of illegal behavior by a grand jury, their actions demonstrate reckless judgment, dangerous disregard for public safety and a frighteningly low valuation for human life.

Those marshals should be removed from law enforcement in the interest of public safety. — Donna Breedlove, Medford

Kudos to Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Sidney A. Stitt for his letter of Feb. 7.

He inspired me to look into military bases. I found there were 737 American military bases sprawled across the globe in 2005.

Here is a quote from Chalmers Johnson's book, "Nemesis: The last days of the American Republic":

"With more than 2,500,000 U.S. personnel serving across the planet and military bases spread across each continent, it's time to face up to the fact that our American democracy has spawned a global empire."

This is an obscenity, and with the vast number of citizens dying for lack of health care, Oregon having the highest percentage of starving children in the U.S., plus the infrastructure that needs attention, it's time we looked at the arrogance and paranoia that puts us in this position and defines our country.

The U.S should lead by peaceful progress, by demilitarizing, by taking care of our citizens with an all-inclusive health care system, by seeing that no one goes hungry, that our infrastructure is the best. Let us be a nation that is admired, not feared; that leads by example, not force; and that is renowned for our humanity. — Victor Rogers, Ashland

Lindsay Paulk's letter Feb. 12 about the photo of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer appearing to be shaking her finger in the president's face as "emblematic of the GOP" is actually emblematic of media bias! That photo, one of hundreds taken that day, was chosen specifically to elicit the reaction exhibited by Paulk.

Here's the rest of the story. She had hand-written a letter to Obama welcoming him to Arizona and invited him to see the positive progress Arizona was making in many areas.

A little background information: She had recently written a book, "Scorpions For Breakfast: My Fight Against Special Interests, Liberal Media, and Cynical Politicos to Secure America's Borders."

So off the plane he comes, and instead of cordiality as a visitor, he immediately chastised her for her treatment of him in the book, of which he admitted he had only read an excerpt.

Instead of being presidential, he was patronizing and condescending and stalked off while she was in mid-sentence, essentially implying, "I don't have to put up with people like you."

Bottom lines:

1. Beware the media.

2. We have a thin-skinned president who ignores border security. — M. Isaak, Medford