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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The MT tells us (March 20) that the "exchange's fiasco has created tremendous political pressure" on the governor and the legislators who championed it. And well it should. Let's not forget that Alan Bates created this fiasco and still calls it his proudest achievement. That means if he is returned to the State Senate in November we can only expect more said fiascos. Anyone replacing him would be an improvement, and Dave Dotterrer would be a sure-fire improvement. — Larry Baines, Medford

It seems like yesterday when my wife and young children were sandwiched on the sofa, reading through piles of picture books from weekly visits to public libraries. Exposure to reading in critical preschool years contributes to future academic success.

During their school years, more piles of books and tapes came home from the library: everyone from Albert Einstein to Meriwether Lewis and subjects from China to quantum mechanics. My personal favorite was "The Elements" by Theodore Gray, a gorgeously photographed hardback book that would have cost a tidy sum had we purchased it.

My mother's physical condition kept her confined to a wheelchair in later life. The deliveries from the homebound service at the public library were her lifeline. Those books she devoured every week kept her mind active and her mood upbeat until her passing last year.

Let's keep our libraries for all. Vote yes on 15-122. — Gerald Starchvick, Jacksonville

Kudos to Gretchen Hunter for her excellent explanation of the laws governing the release of and damage done by feral cats. After five years of cleaning up after the neighbor's colony I see no reduction in their numbers.

As long as there is food, no matter how many die, more will come. That, unfortunately, is not true of the flock of goldfinches who took shelter in my back yard. They are now totally wiped out by the cats.

Perhaps Jean Strong would volunteer to clean cat poop out of my garden, yard and flower beds over the next five years while she watches the colony slowly die of disease, infections, fights, injuries etc. These poor cats suffer. One had feet so frozen it left bloody footprints in the frost, another has its ears chewed off at the skull and several have infected eyes not to mention the diarrhea from internal, probably painful, infections.

Do TNR supporters really believe dying alone, sick and in pain is more humane than euthanasia?

We need a law: If you create and feed a feral colony, you own them and are responsible for damage and clean up as is required for dog owners. — Maxine Curtis, Central Point