From the Aug. 14 Washington Times: "A former director of the DEA warned ... shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks that violent drug cartels from Mexico were teaming with Muslim gangs to fund terrorist organizations overseas."

Law enforcement officials agree that methamphetamine manufactured in Mexico is flooding Southern Oregon. We know the traffickers are criminals, regardless of citizenship.

By leaving our border unsecured, we allow illegal drugs to continue flooding this country. Now we know drug profits are funding our terrorist enemies, who are killing our soldiers.

How fast could we fence the entire southern border if we really wanted to? If we had 500 contractors, each responsible for four miles of fencing, how fast could it happen? How many problems could be improved by completing it? Let's see — incoming terrorists, incoming drugs, outgoing drug money, terrorist funding, drug rehab, local crime, etc., etc.

In a fast-track model, 10 months is a very long time. Every time you see a "meth head" wandering around town, drive by a drug rehab facility, read about local crime or read about a local soldier dying overseas, think about the fence that hasn't been built. This is much more than an immigration issue. — Kristin O'Driscoll, Jacksonville

Regarding the letter to Sgt. Cochran in "Cop's Corner" Aug. 20: I totally agree with B.B. of Central Point — the loud exhaust systems on motorcycles have gotten out of hand.

If there aren't any decibel meters available, why don't officers in their training listen to legal motorcycles and differentiate between noise levels. Then if they hear a motorcycle emitting excessive noise they cite it.

If needed, they can go to court and explain to the judge their training and in the officer's opinion the motorcycle was in violation. They can give examples of the noise level and testimony of the straight pipes and modified exhaust to increase noise.

Another approach would be if the exhaust system was straight pipes or modified from a stock exhaust system to increase noise, and in the officer's opinion was too loud, the violation would be "The exhaust system must be in good working order" under ORS 815.250. The statute does not say that a decibel meter has to be used to enforce it. — Jack Krueger, Eagle Point

Thank you for enlightening us to the Oregon forfeiture law. Perhaps, if this had been published earlier, we could have forgone some of the bitter controversy that the original article generated. — Gary Bowles, Medford

The tax refund should be used to reopen our libraries. Two hundred seventy dollars is a small price to pay for the good of our children and the future of our country. — Richard H. Wagner, Shady Cove

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