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On Dec. 29 and Jan. 5, Medford Boy Scout Troop 7 collected over 400 Christmas trees that would have ended up in the landfill. Instead they were chipped for mulch and used in people's gardens or for trails.

Thanks to Advanced Tree Service and Landscaping for its chipper, Dr. David Trask for his parking lot, Troop 7 scouts and families for making this a huge success and the people of Medford for all their support. The generous donations will help many of our scouts go to camp this summer. More importantly, all the scouts who worked handing out fliers and picking up trees learned the value of community service. If we picked up your tree and you would like to donate, or if you'd just like to help out by donating to our troop, please send checks to Troop 7 Medford, 3559 National Drive, Suite 102, Medford, OR 97504. — Will Danielson, Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 7, Medford

"Just do something, even if it's wrong" is an exhortation that occasionally has merit for someone in a morass of indecision, but applying it to a massive and hugely consequential piece of legislation such as our nation's health care? Yet that's precisely what the left did.

Many people abhor and condemn bullying on a playground, but the left's supporters didn't even lift an eyebrow, in fact they cheered them on during this gross example of legislative and administrative bullying that force-fed the Affordable Care Act down our country's throat, (affordable is questionable). Exemption from the ACA is coveted, and is often granted as a political favor, such as Harry Reid exempting much of his staff. That's a gorilla-size hint that the bill may not be so beneficial for the general population.

But is it really about health care? This legislation might more accurately be referred to as the ACP, as in Alinsky, Cloward-Piven. Saul Alinsky has a devout disciple in the Oval Office, who just happened to be highly influenced by the Cloward-Piven strategy while at Columbia University. Space doesn't allow for elaboration, but it's easy enough to research if readers have a mind to. — Bob Calhoun, Eagle Point

Just because 50 global warming scientists had to be helicoptered from their ice-bound ship, don't expect Democrats to stop hanging on every word that blows out of the mouth of Al Gore.

Logic has never been known to run amok in their party. — Ron Smith, Medford

Wall Street firms set aside $91 billion for end-of-the-year bonuses. Yes, say it very slowly, "91 billion dollars," while 10 million Americans are left homeless from poisonous bank-designed mortgages.

Now, of course, our Congress, under the thumb of "Big Buck, Big Power," got busy and cut Head Start, food stamps and unemployment benefits. This adds up to a strange, greedy setup organized by the power brokers of the 1 percent. The 1 percent that truly hate or dismiss 99 percent of Americans.

Big Power (1 percent) hates health care that's affordable, public education for everyone, and forget clean air and water and a healthy environment. These things cut into their big bonuses. True? — M. Griffith, Phoenix

Perhaps Ms. Arvette's confusion regarding creation's origins are due to an improper foundation, one which Aquinas, no doubt, had.

Those of us who are familiar with the creator of the universe know that Arvette's "uncaused cause" was revealed by the Psalmist: "You (God) had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God." (Psalms 90:2) Arvette's "uncaused cause" is, who? God. Krauss had it pretty close, however, with his statement that we emerged from nothingness, the world was formless and void until God spoke it into existence. (Genesis 1:1-2).

I invite Ms. Arvette to visit one of the many fine evangelical churches in our valley to meet the "uncaused cause." He died and lives again to meet you!

God bless you in 2014! — Tracy Van Hee, Eagle Point

The evolutionist's struggle to supplant God provokes both a condescension to theoretical nonsense and great sadness to the reader. Their theories of eternal matter and big bang in tatters, we're again introduced to the ultimate insult to common sense, the universe was spontaneous, the subject of a letter in the Jan. 5 MT.

As with all similar articles, quotations from noted authors, scientists and scientific nomenclature are not scientific facts. One sentence in the opinion negates all the remainder of the article: "From 'The Grand Design': 'Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing.' "

Two questions. Who wrote or established the law of gravity? Separate law from mind and then tell the world all the law books in the libraries of the world just happened out of nothing.

Next question. Where are the facts substantiating the universe can and will create itself from nothing? Just supply the facts and the debate is over. Just the facts please, not hyperbole. — Kenneth Mak, Medford