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Froma Harrop tips the scales, first one way and then another in her MT piece (July 29), "What scares Americans about child migrants." Perhaps she should read the words by Emma Lazarus (1849-1887) inscribed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me; I lift my lamp beside the golden door."

The people referred to in this quote were mainly Europeans. Today, "teeming shore" could refer to Middle America, those countries from Mexico to Panama; however, the words of Ms. Lazarus somehow don't seem to fit the current situation.

Perhaps the inscription on the pedestal could be updated so as to be more inclusive. Or we could simply remove the entire quote, since there are some U.S. citizens who don't believe in providing a home for the "huddled masses." Or we could put the Statue of Liberty in a box and ship it back to France; no statue, no immigration, no liberty, no problem!

(Nota bene: the last six words of our Pledge of Allegiance are "with liberty and justice for all.") Question: to whom does the word "all" refer? — Raymond Steinbroner, Talent

On Sunday morning after the Medford car show and cruise, people would take some of their other cars to Hawthorne Park and talk cars.

We took our '73 Pontiac Grand Am. We like our old car and we take it out once in a while.

As we went home on old Highway 99 to Central Point, a two-tone brown pickup passed us going fast with all kinds of garbage flying out the back, and some of it hit our car. When we reached the Beall Lane intersection, they turned left across the tracks, and we turned right to go home and check the damage to our Pontiac. The left bumper was broken off. It is in a body shop while they try to find a replacement.

Are you the one who did not cover your garbage? — Orpha Thumler, Central Point

Reading your Wednesday editorial in favor of the library levy got me to thinking: as a retired senior on a fixed income, my property taxes will go up $250 a year. This happens to be almost exactly what I pay for my subscription to the Mail Tribune each year.

Being on a fixed income, I have to make choices in how I spend my money. I suddenly realized I can go to the library and read the Mail Tribune for "free." One thing I do have as a senior is leisure time. So thank you for your editorial, which has inspired me to cancel my subscription to your newspaper and to begin using some of the library services my property taxes pay for. — Barry Trowbridge, Ashland