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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Regarding the May 1 letter submitted by Lynda Saling of Medford, I have done the research on the American Legislative Exchange Council thoroughly and am convinced that her conclusions are faulty in my humble opinion.

What I found showed that ALEC was behind the "Stand Your Ground" laws now adopted by a few states. Also of note is its recent push to make the voting process difficult for minorities, and low income and elderly voters. This is very contrary to our rights as citizens to do our part in the democratic process as outlined in our Bill of Rights and Constitution.

Anytime an entity or individual tries to unduly interfere with my rights, I feel that entity or individual should be censored and if boycotting peacefully, their brand or product accomplishes this, then I believe it is not harassment; neither is it intimidation. It is my duty as an American. — Georga Grivois, Medford

How easily elected officials ignore (breach) their constitutional oath of office.

The latest example is Curt Chancler's right to a trial by jury being violated. This violation is supported by Commissioner John Rachor. He is quoted as saying the county can't offer jury trials every time a citizen has a beef about an issue.

"We can't give everybody a jury trial for a burned out taillight or a dog license," he said.

The issue in question is not about a taillight or dog license, it's about a man's livelihood.

Oregon Constitution, Article 1, Section 17 states, "the right of trial by jury shall remain inviolate." Black's Law Dictionary, seventh edition, defines inviolate as, "free from violation; incapable of being violated." Violation is defined as "an infraction or breach of the law; the act of breaking or dishonoring the law." Oregon elected officials take an oath to support and defend the U.S. and Oregon constitutions, i.e. the supreme law.

Did Commissioner Rachor take the oath of office? If he took the oath, he is in breach of that oath by supporting a county violation of Mr. Chancler's constitutionally guaranteed right to a trial by jury. — Randall C. Hale, Medford

Those of us who attended school back when English grammar was not just taught, but drilled into the heads of pupils, are aggrieved at the mischief increasingly inflicted on our native language by contemporary communicators, in print, on the air and face to face. Some current examples:

In the Sunday, April 29 paper, the curator of Wildlife Safari is quoted as saying, in reference to its newly acquired hippopotamus, "... him (sic) getting used to his new surroundings is important." "His" is the proper pronoun for that usage. Later, he says the hippo "knows commands such as 'lay (sic) down'..." Whatever became of "lie down?"

In a recent "Since You Asked," the principal of Jefferson Elementary School is quoted as saying "we do have a number of students that (sic) do walk." "That" refers to nonhuman subjects; people are referenced by "who." Or is that distinction obsolete? One would hope not. — Grant Shepard, Medford

I just came from Scenic Middle School's production of "The Wizard of Oz." What these kids accomplished on stage is simply amazing.

Thank you, Mr. Gerton, for having the courage and faith to enrich the lives of the kids involved. Thank you to all the other volunteers and the fund donors.

As a parent, I'm so appreciative of Mr. Gerton's passion to assemble a drama club. With budget cuts everywhere, I was so thrilled when my son, Blaine, told me he was joining Scenic's drama club. You have no idea how this brightened my heart.

Thank you for giving all of the kids an enriched life, and memories that will linger on for many years ahead. Thank you to everyone who believes in the kids from District 6. — Stacy Kearns, Central Point