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The debt limit question has been pushed back a couple of months. Now there is the problem of trimming the budget in order to start payments on it. I have been wondering about another debt we owe, the one we owe to our children.

A Native American belief goes like this: We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. So we are leaving an earth with mountains torn down to more easily borrow coal and other minerals, oil drilling in the Arctic that faces inevitable catastrophic spills, fracturing deep deposits of shale with scarce water laced with toxic chemicals endangering aquifers, to say nothing about our pollution of the atmosphere leading to extreme weather.

As a Methodist preacher's kid, I grew up in parsonages, houses not owned by my parents. But I was taught when one moves, a house is to be left in at least as good or better condition than how one found it. How are we leaving the earth for our children? How do we pay this debt? — Barbara Fitch, Ashland

I am frustrated by the recent poll that asks whether it is appropriate for Sheriff Winters to say he would not enforce federal gun laws. What gives him the right to pick and choose which federal laws he enforces?

He certainly had no problem assisting the DEA in raiding medical marijuana gardens that were in compliance with state laws, so why the problem enforcing federal gun laws? Does he have an issue with the ATF? Or is he a gun-toting Oregonian looking out for his own interests?

Seeing that he tried to take the medical marijuana patient/concealed weapons permit issue to the U.S. Supreme Court, I have a hunch that he is merely infusing his personal agenda with his law enforcement practice. I'd like to believe that the sheriff is the most concerned with pursuing the interests and rights of his constituents rather than pursuing his own. — Sabrina Carey, Talent

Can we save our children? The field of public health has contributed much to the prevention and reduction of harm to humans.

The establishment of clean water standards are recognized as elements of a civilized society, but consider other ongoing successes being achieved: reductions of auto injuries, child-safe packaging of medications and lower rates of tobacco use. Consider the similarities to gun use, such as potential harm, wide availability and popularity of these modern technologies. It took serious commitment and actions by knowledgeable people to reduce injuries in those aspects of our lives, and bringing common sense gun management into law will require the same public health approach. Source: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1556167 — Juan Quesada, Talent

We need to outlaw king-size cigarette papers. Pot smokers use them to make big joints that have no medical justification. Big joints imply sharing legal medical marijuana, which is illegal.

Crack pipes are too large. They hold more crack than is reasonable. A one-hit crack pipe is all a crack smoker should be allowed. If he has to reload he may change his mind.

Silly, isn't it? Just like the "intelligent" ranting about magazine capacity; one 30-round magazine versus three 10-round or four seven-round magazines.

The point is it's pointless. It's time to face reality. There are irrational people in this would with the ways, means and desire to do great harm. Some use bombs and bullets, some use armies and some use laws. We have lawmakers that seem to believe that changing laws can change human hearts. If that were true, 10 laws written a few thousand years ago would be sufficient. After all, those are 10 very reasonable laws, perfect one might say.

A godly people needs no more laws. A godless people can't have enough laws. Which way are we headed? — Jerry Ross, Grants Pass

President Nixon had Watergate; President Obama has Benghazi! The American people need to know the truth! They deserve the truth!

If Secretary of State Clinton runs for president, she needs to answer tough, not soft, questions! — Gordon Self, Talent