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Regarding your front page of Jan. 23, this looks to be a real traffic nightmare waiting to happen.

I have been traveling East Main Street for the past 35 years and have always found traffic to roll along smoothly. Why anyone would try to mess up a good thing is beyond me. I have never been held up, nor have I ever seen an accident take place along East Main in all those years. I have to agree with Scott Henselman in his comments. I also have to disagree with the studies by traffic engineers about two lanes versus four lanes. Let's keep East Main the way it is! — Dave Wilson, Jacksonville

On Feb. 17, the largest demonstration for climate action will be held in Washington, D.C.

The Rogue Valley is also having a demonstration beginning at the Medford library from 1-3:30 p.m. Under the guidance of the regional grass-roots Southern Oregon Climate Action Network, or SOCAN, come participate in an art project that symbolizes a threatened part of our lives: our idea of home.

Why do you love living in the Rogue Valley? What worries you when you think about climate change affecting your home, your valley? Everyone is invited to visit tables of various community organizations and listen to speakers. You don't have to be an artist or know anything about the issue to come — there will be many activities and ways to participate.

The second part of the event entails walking a few blocks to the north parking lot at Porters Restaurant where we will use our cardboard tiles about "home" to assemble a giant salmon to be photographed from above. — Louise D. Shawkat, Ashland

The key words in Benjamin Franklin's quote are "little" and "temporary."

Assault weapons and armor-piercing bullets don't qualify as "little" nor "temporary" safety measures.

If these types of weaponry existed in 1759, I'm sure Mr. Franklin would have been "wise" enough to amend his verbiage to exclude them from his quote.

Another wise man said, "The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it." (Albert Einstein)

I am grateful that we have a law enforcement officer here willing to uphold a law that would protect "lives" instead of protecting "rights" to these unnecessary types of weapons. Thank you, Tim George. — Ali Rossi, Medford

Sheriff Winters, think about the safety of your deputies.

Let's not ban assault rifles. Let's allow them in the hands of the mentally imbalanced. Let's keep them in the hands of those who might want to hurt first responders (like in Webster, N.Y.).

That's a lot of firepower — not like a pistol or rifle! Let's be ready to console the surviving spouses and children of your deputies. Sheriff Winters, are you ready? — George Fribance, Medford