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Graduation season is here and it's time to reflect on what is a valedictorian.

In this age where everyone is a winner, the honor of valedictorian has become moot. It's not an honor but a platitude given to many. No one is the best because that would be unfair.

Back in the day, the valedictorian of the school was special and was honored as such. That person went above and beyond to achieve this high honor. Now it seems everyone has to get a prize in order that no one gets their feelings hurt.

This is not to take away from all of those honored. They have all done good work, but in order to maintain the place of honor for the valedictorian someone has to be the top.

The second top person was the salutatorian. This was not a dishonor but a great honor in itself.

Giving 25-plus students the "title" of valedictorian (as has happened in the past) lessens the honor and makes it no more worthy than the award the entire team got in Little League just because they showed up.

All students that have achieved this status are excellent, but someone has to be top. — Pat Butler, Medford

I have enjoyed the stories of each of these graduates. They are inspiring, and much appreciated as some good news to temper all the other stuff we read; however, I am not happy to see that you want us to vote on a favorite.

Must everything be a contest? Must there be a winner and a loser among these "Inspiring Grads"? Having their stories printed is a nice reward for each of them. All of them are my favorites! — Joan Dean, Talent

Carol SeCoy's letter (May 23) about global warming seems to imply that conservatives are not interested in a clean planet. Well-informed people, conservative or not, must realize that no matter how hard our own country works to combat climate change, it may not be, as Ms. SeCoy puts it, "in our power to alleviate it."

China and India are huge polluters and spew tons of emissions into the air, activity that affects all of us. Unless these third-world polluters start to care about what they are doing, we may all eventually be choking on CO2, not to mention the other effluvia produced by their activities.

For our part, we should keep in mind that if these countries continue their behavior, which seems likely, the consequences will occur regardless of what the United States does or does not do. — Maureen Stewart, Medford

The nation appears to be in need of action and accomplishing that action, whatever it may be. Where is "My boy, Harry" when we need him?

Unfortunately, he was appreciated after he was gone, but many of us remember his desk sign, "The buck stops here." — Pat Parsons, Medford