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Is it just me, or are there other people like me who are really ticked off that my government can find out about a $9,000 deposit in someone's bank account, but they can't find anyone on Wall Street to put in jail? — R.L. Tokareff, Ashland

In a recent letter to the editor, a Mail Tribune reader says he overheard someone in Ashland say something disparaging about Medford. I'm sorry about that. But I am pleased that he was in an Ashland restaurant.

Many residents of Medford don't enjoy what Ashland has to offer. They don't attend the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Ashland Independent Film Festival or Siskiyou Singers concerts. They don't come to our restaurants, stores, parks or university. On the other hand, I shop in Medford. I hike in Medford. I ride my bike in Medford. I eat in Medford. I play bridge in Medford. I enjoy performances in Medford.

I think it is sad that there are people in both of our Rogue Valley cities who don't take advantage of what each of our cities has to offer. They are missing a lot. — Jerry Kenefick, Ashland

In response to Jerry Murphy's letter, "We'll Always Have Medford," on Friday, April 19, all of the quotations he listed as being from Hemingway and other famous people were, in reality, about "the city of light," Paris.

Obviously Mr. Murphy has never been there. There is no comPARISon! What he really has done is compare Paris with Ashland!

Ashland really is striking with a walkable downtown, plaza, pedestrian-friendly Calle Guanajuato, Ashland Creek, Mount Ashland and trails in Lithia Park that connect with the Pacific Crest Trail. Ashland shares the same beautiful Bear Creek and Rogue Valley with Medford, but without all of the big-box stores and fast-food chains. Can Murphy's Law also insinuate Murphy's Lie? — Glenn Miller, Ashland

Growing up in the '70s in rural Southern California, I was a member of 4-H. I raised and showed horses and a pig. Also, I was involved in home economics.

The values I gained through that experience have guided me through my lifetime. They include teamwork, respect for animals and adults, confidence, trust, friendship, community service, camaraderie, honesty, humility, creativity, achieving goals and integrity.

What a shame it would be to cut funding for such a great organization. To deprive our local youngsters of these opportunities through 4-H is just sad. Our youth could benefit from some old-fashioned values. — Marilyn von Grabill, Medford