A local family not only has to deal with serious injuries to their son and the incumbent medical expenses, they have to deal with an over-zealous prosecuting attorney charging them with child neglect.

When we moved from the state to the south of us, little did we know what a nanny state Oregon has become. Children get injured whether their parents are watching or not. It is part of growing up.

Unfortunately, sometimes they are injured seriously while skateboarding. But that does not seem like a good reason to charge the parents with a felony.

I admit I don't know all the facts, but it looks at this time to be abuse of prosecutorial discretion. There is real child abuse and neglect going on out there. Go prosecute some real cases. — Bob Baehr, Sams Valley

Twenty years ago, deep into recovery, moving from Virginia, I saw this plate outside an AA/NA meeting in Missouri: 4MRUZR. I got it for myself when I arrived in Washington.

The local paper ran a column where people guessed what a given vanity plate said. The guess for mine was, For Mister User.

When they printed my correction, Former User, I was pleased. When I moved to Oregon, years later, the plate was available, I was pleased again. When I gaze upon the plate, it confirms my commitment to recovery.

The message is, don't be ashamed of your addiction, be proud you're not. Is that vanity? — Kevin Murtha, Trail

Well, here we go again! A Louisiana politician made a boo-boo and used a word which the NAACP says is degrading to African-Americans: "Buckwheat." They're demanding that the politician be fired.

Buckwheat was the little black kid on the old "Our Gang" shows. We've gone from the sublime to the ridiculous!

Apparently the world trembles when a white person uses some word that is (according to the NAACP) racially degrading. But when a black person uses some word which demeans white people and/or is crude, it's perfectly OK.

I happened to catch a black "comedian" on a TV comedy channel some time back. Funny he wasn't!

It seemed to me that the only words he knew were either crude or color-related. I could only handle it for about 10 minutes, but during that time, he used the "N" word 18 times, the "F" word 23 times and the "MF" word 14 times, and more than once referred to "those white MFs".

I think we have a disparity between what is said and who says it. Is this some sort of double standard? I certainly think so. A racist I'm not, but enough is enough! — Murray LaHue, Phoenix

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