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Because of Pacific Retirement Systems' actions against the Manor, I am rethinking plans to someday move there.

I feel for the residents, who gave up their rights to control the Manor and created PRS, giving PRS ultimate, total control of the Manor.

I hope that there is a cancellation clause somewhere in the contracts and that they are not forever controlled by the company they created.

I also hope that their new legal counsel is better than the one that created the bylaws and PRS.

This can be used as an analogy for what "We the People" have done in this country. We gave up some of our given rights and put people in government. Those people taste power and take more of our rights. Some gladly give those rights, believing government knows best because it tells us so.

Nether major party has "We the People's" best interest as their priority. Their priority is to stay in power and get more powerful.

Actions show intent. Please vote for those whose actions show your best interest, is their best interest. — Robert Soltz, Medford

Until the 1970s, the U.S. workforce lacked education but was adept at apprenticeships and on-the-job ingenuity.

White-collar work involved paper, pencils and slide rules, and industry needed more intellectual (but unautomated) labor than the supply of graduates provided (picture the room of women who performed calculations for the Manhattan Project). Given the supply-and-demand imbalance, even a student without money could use grades to escape family farming, assembly lines and choker-setting.

After the 1970s our surplus has been in college graduates rather than agricultural produce. We can store excess degree-holders in parental silos, but without war and a draft we can't plow under the educated and thereby create an artificial shortage. Undergraduate curricula are now anachronistic hazing or affirmatively actionable bones-making that have no connection to current work styles.

As is true of real estate licensers, the intention of educational decision-makers is to maximize student fees and maintain a symbolic barrier to what used to be entry. A degree now certifies the rich as genuine looter-track interns or nephews, or at best qualifies the poor to featherbed next to professional work stations, as did firemen on diesel locomotives. — Hunter Greer, Ashland

We are frequent walkers through the historic Eastwood Cemetery and we appreciate what has been done by the Showalters as well as the other worthwhile projects by the city and its group of volunteers.

It seems understandable that the Showalters would wish to maintain the cemetery area next to their home as it could have an effect on their property value. In addition, there needs to be a fire break along the area for the homes that border the cemetery.

As for the eradication of the star thistle, it is an invasive species and the sooner it is no longer a part of the cemetery environment the better. Many of the grave sites are unapproachable due to the plant's inhospitable nature.

It is most unfortunate that the powers that be do not seem to accept the value of the Showalters' contributions. — Judson and Barbara Hyatt, Medford