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In the Feb. 13 MT, you observed that Fox News deserved jeers for a commentator's criticism of (government) ban of tobacco in this CVS chain. You went on to observe that another Fox commentator had correctly reported that in was a free market decision.

So, cheers to you for your astute observations; jeers to you for watching Fox News so closely. — Stephen Brown, Medford

I read of a political action committee in Jackson County, receiving big money from the Oregon Farm Bureau and out-of-state sugar organizations, called Good Neighbor Farmers. A strange name, since GNF is working to undermine protections for family farms from genetically engineered crops and toxic herbicides.

But not so strange if you understand Orwellian Doublethink. In the novel "1984," George Orwell's Ministry of Truth distributes mind-bending propaganda to deceive citizens.

Calling a political action committee Good Neighbor Farmers, which opposes a ballot measure to protect family farms in Jackson County from a multi-national chemical corporation, is Orwellian Doublethink. This corporation — Syngenta — is not even a neighbor, but based in Switzerland, where genetically engineered crops are banned.

Corporate agriculture has increased pesticide use and hurt local farmers. GNF is not a good neighbor if it is promoting corporate agriculture. ­— Gregg Marchese, Ashland

I lost my wife Denise, after being married for 52 years, to the most devastating disease known to me: Alzheimer's. In Oregon alone, over 80,000 people currently suffer from this disease; by 2025 it is estimated 130,000 in Oregon will suffer from this disease.

This is a devastating disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually even the ability to carry out the simplest tasks of daily living. There is no known cure and way to prevent or even slow the progression of Alzheimer's.

Sixty percent of people with Alzheimer's will wander from their home and, if not found within 24 hours, will die. Eighty percent will die if not found within 72 hours.

SB 1577 (sections 1, 2, and 3) will require all police and sheriff's departments in Oregon to adopt a formal policy on how to respond to a case of a missing vulnerable adult.

I call on all of our local legislators — Bates, Richardson and Buckley — to vote yes on this bill.

Please call our legislators for support of this bill. This is a disease that is only going to get worse. — Jerry Hauck, advisory board, Memory Works Project, Ashland

Responding to Mr. Duran's letter of Feb. 7: There is no such thing as someone who is "pro-abortion." Those of us who are pro-choice know that abortion is not something to strive for or celebrate, but is a private, often sad decision made by a woman and her doctor to end a pregnancy for various reasons.

The main question here is whether one believes a woman has the right to control her own body, or whether she should be forced to carry an unwanted child (who often end up societal burdens). Abortion should not be used cavalierly, as a form of birth control, but when an unintended pregnancy occurs, it should be up to the woman to decide, and the law agrees.

As for the claim that the "pro-abortion" movement is losing ground? Fewer unintentional pregnancies, better birth control and sex ed, as well as the poor economy are reasons the abortion rate is on the decline, and that is as it should be. All us pro-choice people want, just like you, is a zero-abortion rate, and that every child be a wanted child. — Katharine Lang, Ashland