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Letters to the Editor, Aug. 10

Library dust-up

Seems the voters of Jackson county were sold a bill of faulty goods with our new library levy! I would never have voted for it had I known our beloved county commissioners would be sticking their fingers in the pie!

Yet those good old buys can't manage to close down a polluting asphalt factory that's stinking up our valley!

V. Handel, Medford

A Doonesbury fan

I bet if you took a poll, there would be more readers anxious for Gary Trudeau's Doonesbury to return than there are those who hate it.

Communist? Really? It is political in nature, and it helps to highlight some of more absurd aspects of our society and government. Doonesbury is often laugh-out-loud funny to those of us who "get it." As for The Grizwells, I find that cartoon totally banal, and a poor substitute for one of the most beloved, long-running cartoons. Luckily I get my Doonesbury "hit" each Sunday!

Katharine Lang, Ashland

Reduce nuclear arsenals

Aug. 6 and 9 were the 69th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. There are still over 17,000 nuclear weapons in the world; 7,700 of them belong to the USA.

The world's nuclear arsenals pose a profound risk and, as 100 years ago in 1914, the risk of a little war, anywhere, getting out of control remains! President Obama should do all he can to reduce global nuclear arsenals and promote a nuclear weapons-free world.

Daniel Guy, Medford

Medford is not safe

According to the seemingly respectable website, www.neighborhoodscout.com, Medford is safer than 4 percent of the other cities in the United States, based upon the most recent figures that are available.

So, it is not safer than 96 percent of the other cities in the United States. That's worrisome, if only because Medford is scheduled to spend more than $20 million on a new police station and a parking garage. Does that seem to make sense to you? Also, could the MT tell us more about how the local police are reducing the 96 percent figure?

John Emanuelson, Medford

Faith restored

We went to Medford yesterday with my wonderful friend Charlie, who has allowed me to stay at his place in Grants Pass to get out of the Arizona heat. After doing some shopping for his "man cave" items, we went to Outback for lunch.

When it came time to pay, the waitress said it was paid for by a family down from us. The grandfather gave his two grandchildren $50 to pay for someone's meal, and for some reason they picked us. I had to fight back not crying; that made my day, restored my faith in people and the world that there are still wonderful people in it.

I wish I would have talked to them and given the kids at least a handshake, but this had touched me so much. I just waved and said thanks from across the room, knowing I would fall apart if I talked to them. I'm hoping to let them know what a great thrill I received from their kindness, and that this will be paid forward. What a special day — it was also my birthday.

Ellen Reynolds, Mesa, Ariz.

Letters to the Editor, Aug. 10