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Letters to the Editor, March 5

Self-written news?

So you are asking for travel articles from the public to add to photos, columns and other unpaid solicitations.

Why not go all out: news stories by the news-makers — prosecutors and defendants (probably with help from their lawyers) will write about their crimes and court cases, first responders will contribute exciting first-hand reports of extricating people from smashed vehicles and charging into burning buildings to save pets and competing to see who can put the most bullets into a suspect. (Oh, that only happens in Albuquerque and other cities.) For the sports section, athletes, coaches, fans, even relatives can describe games with a side benefit of student athletes improving their writing skills

You can lay off the few reporters and free-lancers left and save big bucks for bigger profits.

Robert Mumby, Phoenix

Bon voyage

This letter is to the lowlife thieves who ripped off my boat and trailer from my home on Brookdale Avenue last week.

If you would have come to the door and asked, I would have given you the boat. I had it sold to help pay my taxes, an obligation your tiny mind would never understand. The Oregon Marine Board and police have been notified, so you will never be able to register it or put it in the water. I can only hope it sinks and you drown. Bon voyage, loser!

Steven Bunch, Medford

Tailgating is illegal

I was perplexed by the letter in Saturday's paper criticizing Ms. Forde's Feb. 27 column about the prevalence of tailgating on our area roadways. The gentleman evidently was hoping for an article about hiking and dining opportunities, but Ms. Forde was addressing a different sort of issue altogether. He strenuously objected to her choice of vocabulary.

Okay, how about this: Tailgating is extraordinarily dangerous, it is plain and simply illegal, and it is obnoxiously rude behavior to indulge in when driving a large metal box at highway speeds — purely and simply, it is high-stakes bullying.

These observations are, I submit, indisputable facts. From these facts all the terms that Ms. Forde employed can be readily deduced, with no further elaboration.

Furthermore, the profusion of over-sized vehicles with elevated, ultra-bright headlights, makes tailgating especially hazardous at night because it literally blinds the driver of the car in front. Wise up people — your life literally depends on it. Please be courteous, sensible, and law-abiding on our beautiful roadways. Give the car in front of you some room — it won't cost you a thing!

Sandra Scase, Talent

Iran talks crucial

What is new with The U.S./Iranian nuclear talks?

In late February the parties brought to the table Secretary of Energy Ernest Muniz and his Iranian counterpart, who are experts on nuclear issues. These energy chiefs add credibility and a practical dimension to the diplomatic effort.

Secretary of State Kerry is working full-time in Geneva on securing a long-term, verifiable agreement that could prevent Iran from developing a bomb while at the same time recognizing Iran’s sovereign right to develop and use nuclear energy. Meanwhile the prime minister of the most powerful and influential Mideast nation came to Washington to prevent such an agreement.

Tell Sens. Ron Wyden, 202-224-5244, and Jeff Merkley , 202-224-3753, and Congressman Greg Walden, 202-225-6730, that America wants diplomacy. Iran is powerful and influential in the Mideast and accordingly, an Iranian nuclear agreement would be a big step away from conflict and toward peace in the region.

Brenda Gould, Ashland

Letters to the Editor, March 5