Regarding the dragster that crashed in Selmer, Tenn., I really could see no reason to show the picture of one of the killed girls under the tarp with her hand sticking out from under it. Just thought it was pretty tacky. — Richard Taylor, Grants Pass

S. Davis asks how "being anti-abortion is 'pro-life' even if you support ... the Iraq war." Davis is saying that pro-lifers should see America's involvement in Iraq as morally equivalent to what happens in abortion clinics across America — that U.S. troops, like abortionists, are paid assassins murdering the innocent.

In reality, it's the terrorists who, like abortionists, are blinded by ideology into brutally killing innocent people. Abortionists use forceps, suction machines and chemicals (Ru486), while terrorists use bullets, knives and explosives. Abortionists strike in a clinic. Terrorists strike in a market. The methods are different but the humanity of the victims is the same.

Opposing these death-purveyors, U.S. soldiers risk their lives to deny terrorists their "right to choose" to kill Iraqis. If our soldiers leave, the terrorists will progressively exercise "choice." There's nothing pro-life about deserting the Iraqis to die at the hands of terrorists.

A major difference between Iraq and America is that, in Iraq, murdering the innocent is illegal. In America, murder is legal, government-subsidized and protected by police power. We choose to kill about the same number of pre-born babies every 24 hours (3,534) as U.S. soldiers "choiced" in Iraq during the entire war (3,523). — Drew Hymer, Medford

Weeks ago I phoned Jean Frazier to oppose her plan for a white, 50-foot-tall "A" on Grizzly Peak. We had a very civil conversation. I then spoke with an Ashland High School advisor expressing my opposition.

The veneer of civility has dissipated. A recent Tidings article quotes Ms. Frazier as saying, "Let them move back to California or wherever they came from." This said to anyone who doesn't like the idea of her human defacement.

Why Ms. Frazier continues to pursue her plan when Ashland High's administrators have distanced themselves from supporting it seems strange.

Attracted to Ashland's scenic beauty and rural feel when I moved here 10 years ago, the idea of the view of Grizzly Peak from my front porch being marred by outdated means of instilling school pride saddens and angers me.

She has the right to paint away. She doesn't, in my opinion, have the right to deface nature that affects all that view one of Ashland's iconic spots. — Bob Saunders, Ashland

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