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What would stand-up comedians do if it weren't for the Obama administration? The latest cutting-edge, climate-control idea is to contain methane emitted by cows. (Pause for laughs.)

Then there's Obamacare. No, sorry, not funny. Although what is sort of funny is the media's focus on the niggling little details, problems with websites, how many folks have or have not signed up, etc. etc., without end. It's like the seven blind men trying to figure out the elephant.

In this case, the "elephant" is pretty simple and straightforward. It's the loss of another small liberty, the individual's right to control his own health and to mitigate his own risks.

Thank you very much indeed, Senator Merkeley. And lotsa luck on your re-election. — C.S. Chase, Medford

The Los Angeles Times stated, "... we — and Georgia — are getting the gun laws we deserve." They were correct: It's called the Second Amendment. It's a right, and rights, like muscles, need to be exercised.

When the police harass and arrest people for engaging in a legal act, we have a serious problem. The Times only wants "reasonable gun laws." But, so-called reasonable gun laws were mandated in the following countries with disastrous results: 1911, Turkey; 1935, China; 1938, Germany; 1964, Guatemala; 1970, Uganda.

Over 50 million defenseless people, who had given up their guns, were rounded up and exterminated. Australia confiscated guns in 1996, and homicides, assaults and armed robberies there increased dramatically. Clearly, guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens save lives.

When only criminals and government officials have guns, the public is in serious danger. Thomas Jefferson once said, "The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution." There are too many unconstitutional gun laws now. Georgia has it right; the L.A. Times is dangerously wrong. — William Clary, Talent

The staggering amount of dollars flooding into the "No on 15-119" campaign resembles more an attempt at hostile takeover of our county agriculture by out-of-state, out-of-county special interests.

They need Jackson County's limited arable land to be assimilated (think Borg) into their business model as just another cog in the genetically engineered "sugar" beet industrial pipeline. All of this is at the expense of our local family farmers.

With chemical companies like Syngenta, all they need is to lease our dirt; we, however, need our local family farmers to thrive, provide us with local food and grow a vibrant, healthy agricultural economy. Vote yes for the Family Farms Measure 15-119 to protect our local family farmers from being assimilated.

And now that airways are being filled with well-funded Monsanto malarkey or the Syngenta, Farm Bureau, Dow equivalent, you better put on your muck boots; you're going to need them. — Michael Framson, Medford

For about 100 years, the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, or Extension for short, has been providing services to Jackson County. Some people may not even be aware of the benefit they receive.

Directly or indirectly the extension touches the lives of just about anyone interested in 4-H, gardening, farming, nutrition and much more — in other words, many of the things that make this a great place to live.

After all this time, it's hard to imagine life without it, but that's what we face unless we pass ballot measure 15-121. It would cost the average property owner about $7 per year. Times are hard, but never have we had the chance to get so much for so little. — Barbara Steely, Medford