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A buddy and I were having breakfast and discussing the tongue-in-cheek letter from Jerry Murphy about Ashland putting down Medford. Jerry's letter quoted famous authors Hemingway, Stein, Appleton and others relating their wonderful comments on Medford. My friend said, "You don't suppose Murphy is serious, do you?"

I am an old Medford man; Washington Grade School, Mac Jr. High, MHS 1957. I have heard all the jokes about Medford, and some I find funny.

If Murphy is serious, I suspect he did not think about other Medford-named cities in the U.S., such as the East Coast and Midwest Medford cities of Massachusetts, New Jersey, Minnesota and others.

One of the authors quoted is Thomas Gold Appleton. Appleton, the author, was born in Boston in 1834, graduated from Harvard and died in 1884. I give 999-1 odds Appleton was referring to Medford, Mass., not Oregon.

The fact that anyone with a single digit can hit the computer button for Google does not make them capable of interpreting the data on the screen.

Does Murphy know the difference between Medford and yogurt? Yogurt has an active culture. Laugh, that is funny. — Larry Slessler, Medford

At 53 years old, I have been unemployed for four and a half years. I have posted more than 100 resumes online and have applied for just as many positions. At every interview I have attended, I have been told that I have impeccable qualifications and have many years of excellent work experience. I have also been turned down for positions because (1) I was overqualified and (2) employers didn't feel, due to my age, that I would be able to remain at a job as long as my younger counterparts.

How ridiculous is that? My resume shows my experience and length of time at each prior job and should be taken into consideration; instead, I am turned away. It is no wonder the unemployed and homeless population includes so many people over the age of 50. Employers need to open their eyes and see the value the older generation can bring to their business. — Jeri Jackson, Talent

Already it is apparent that the print media will squeeze every word of information, misinformation and speculation that it possibly can out of the Boston bombing.

For example, The Associated Press told its readers Monday that the Boston bombers "... probably were planning other attacks." Our Mail Tribune enhanced that statement with the headline they "... hoped to hit again." The basis for that horrifying news was, well, the report of the Boston police that several weapons, and more than 250 rounds of ammo, had been found. Gasp! More than 250 rounds! That boggles one's mind.

Of course, the same could be written about 50 percent, or more, of the households that subscribe to the Tribune, but who cares about that? — Ron James, Jacksonville