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Letters to the Editor, Dec. 18

Vicious and unfair

I think you should not have published the cartoon in the Dec. 9 paper. It shows a donkey, apparently representing a Democrat, at the “Returns” window, saying, “It worked fine ... ‘til I found out what was in it.”

This is a vicious and unfair attack against the Affordable Care law. It does not truly represent what has happened with this law. In truth this law has done a lot of good in insuring health care for millions of people already and will do so for more if allowed to proceed.

You also ran an anti-Dr.Gruber letter in that issue. Dr. Gruber has apologized for his ridiculous comment, but this just goes to prove that brilliant people can make stupid comments at times. In fact he has contributed a great deal to the success of the Massachusetts and the federal health care laws.

Mary A. Delsman, Ashland

Not a tough sell

What a laugh! In the search for a new coach at Oregon State University, a Mail Tribune article said “… the job is going to be a tough sell for (Director of Athletics) Bob DeCarolis.” A tough sell? Mike Riley was paid $1.7 million a year for the job. Is it really going to be tough to find someone to take that amount of money for this position?

By the way, DeCarolis is paid $562,376 per year. The OSU president earns $147,000 less than the athletic director. The average professor at OSU earns about 12 percent of what the athletic director is paid. Which of these — the professor or the AD — has a greater impact on the future of OSU students? Tough sell? What a laugh!

Jerry Kenefick, Ashland

Address the family

In regard to the president's take on racial divide being a problem in this country that has to be solved and the Newsday editorial agreeing with it, why are they ignoring the fact that family should also be addressed at the same time? A child needs the love of a caring family in order to become a responsible adult if we ever hope to solve this problem.

Lillian Insley, Ashland

An innovative idea

I wanted to express my support for the Medford School District's idea of three-quarters-day kindergarten.

I have a younger brother in kindergarten. He is definitely ready to learn for more than the current two hours and 40 minutes, but I would not want to be the teacher who has to manage him and his friends for that last hour of a full day.

My mom has observed that the transition from half-day kindergarten to full-day first grade was difficult for my other siblings and me. The three-quarters day is a great stepping stone between preschool and full-day first grade and beyond. Again, I would like to thank the Medford School District for this innovative idea.

Seth Cannon, Medford

Congrats for closing

I'd like to take a moment to congratulate The Olive Garden for taking off Thanksgiving Day. Instead of joining the greedfest on Black Friday, they gave their employees an opportunity to share time with their families. They showed a lot of class and restraint.

Ron Smith, Medford

Letters to the Editor, Dec. 18