LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
We know from previous grand jury investigations that in Medford, summary execution is the correct punishment when unarmed suspects ram a police car. Your report doesn't disclose whether the officers will be disciplined for failing to kill the miscreants despite firing 39 shots with utter disregard for the safety of innocent bystanders.
Nevertheless, the majesty of the law has been vindicated. — Michael Sanford, Ashland
In his letter of April 3 captioned "Isn't it amazing," Mr. Van Horn takes Republican candidate for Senate District 3, Dave Dotterrer, to task for enjoying "free medical care." I'm here to tell him that the benefits Dave earned as an officer of Marines over a 20-plus-year career were more than paid for in service to our great nation. Mr. Van Horn then goes on to attribute to Republicans a mantra of "I have mine, to hell with you." It seems that Mr. Van Horn is a primary contributor to the political polarization of our country. — John F. Howard, retired U.S. Navy commander, Medford
In response to Ms. Hunter's letter against TNR (trap-neuter-release) of feral cats, I would like to clarify some misinformation. First, most feral cats are nocturnal, therefore posing no danger to the bird population. They prey primarily on rodents such as mice and rats. I hope she does not oppose that.
Secondly, I am a nurse and have never treated a patient for a disease they caught from a feral cat. I have treated many patients for diseases they caught from other people. Using her logic, maybe we should euthanize sick people to prevent the spread of disease.
Finally, they do die just as any wild animal. They get injured, sick, suffer organ failure. By her logic, we should humanely euthanize all wild animals to prevent them from suffering as they die.
TNR is proven to be humane and effective in controlling feral cat populations and I support it. — Beverly Eaton, Eagle Point
If D.A. Heckert were honest and ethical, she'd have told the grand jury the police shooting of the two Idaho fugitives was only partially justified.
It was fully justified to shoot at the driver, because he was using the truck against officers as a deadly weapon. But the passenger sitting in the truck was shot twice in the chest, once in the arm and a bullet fragment damaged her right eye. That passenger could have been an innocent friend or sister, or even a hitchhiker the driver picked up.
The passenger had no control of the vehicle whatsoever, yet she was far more seriously injured. It was an all-out Bonnie and Clyde-type barrage of indiscriminate firepower, and the officers who fired the bullets that hit her would have been prosecuted for attempted murder in any other jurisdiction — except Jackson County, Ore.
The citizens of Albuquerque, N.M., actually care when cops shoot innocent people. — Carl F. Worden, Eagle Point