The Mail Tribune's editorial, "Putting the cart before the bike" (Nov. 11), poses several questions.

Do we wait until gasoline is priced so high that we finally consider riding bicycles and then start installing bike lanes?

Do parents worry about their children riding bikes to school because of traffic and the lack of bike lanes? Do they realize they are adding to the problem by driving their children to school?

Maybe we should be protecting the safety of the children who already ride bikes to school. Those attending school would be more likely to ride if lanes were available.

I think the MT editorial writers are among those who think bicycles are an impediment to the automobile driver's God-given right to speed and to occupy the entire lane(s). Bicyclists have most of the same rights to be on the road as autos.

Drivers overlook the fact that they witness numerous dangerous traffic violations by other auto drivers daily. Sure there are plenty of ignorant bicyclists. You see them riding while facing traffic, running lights and stop signs. If there was as much education and enforcement of traffic laws for bicyclists as there are for autos, this behavior would change. We're waiting. — James Williams, Medford

For those parents with children under the age of 10, especially 6-year-old kids at Little Butte Elementary School, the Simpsons cartoon show is not the most appropriate show for this age group. It seems to us that it promotes bad behavior.

It's a great, funny TV show but designed more, we think, for borderline teenagers and especially for grown-ups. — Gary and Merilyn Tribble, Medford

On Nov. 13, our mother, Patty Riecke, was shopping at Costco and suffered a cardiac arrest. Without the quick action of those God-sent persons who rose to her aid, she would not be with us today.

Thanks to Anna Pugh, who got immediate help and who has continued to be a blessing; to Costco employees Dennis Childers and Michael Lanere who began immediate CPR and to the firefighters from Station 5 who responded so quickly; to the other Costco employees and customers who provided privacy while the firefighters did their job; to Denise Reeser who prayed continually over mom, and to the unknown angel who cradled mom's head; to the doctors and nurses at RVMC for their care; to friends, UMW and Beta Sigma Phi members for the outpouring of food and calls of concern. To those we missed, thank you! — Patty and Charlie Riecke, Medford, three daughters, nine grandkids and four great-grandkids

I recently contacted the RichardsonForPresident.com Web site to inquire why it stated that Bill Richardson ran for governor and won in the state (New Mexico) that had "been his home for decades," when, on the Charlie Rose show, Bill Richardson said he'd heard there was a gubernatorial race in New Mexico, and he and his wife had vacationed there, so from out of nowhere he ran for governor of that state and won. Richardson's people haven't written back, which is perplexing!

But, I suspect he'll appear from out of nowhere on the ballot — and win, and that it's a done deal. — Patti Morey, Ashland

The Bush administration is moving toward a possible attack on Iran, and they've been using hyperbole to make their case for war, announcing that Iran is about to start World War III.

This time around, let's not be gullible. The IAEA has not found evidence that Iran is trying to develop anything except nuclear power, and since the IAEA was correct about Iraq not having WMD, it shouldn't be ignored.

If Iran intends to develop nuclear weapons, it's probably motivated by wanting to deter outside aggression. There are still five or six years before it might have nuclear weapons.

Negotiations can still make a difference, but the only way increased U.S. sanctions will change Iran's policies is to push it toward confrontation.

The recent sanctions target anyone and any organization involved with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, which is so tied to Iran's economy that almost all companies and organizations doing business with Iran have to do business with the IRGC.

The broad effects of sanctions would turn a still somewhat sympathetic Iranian public against the United States. The United States should lift sanctions and negotiate seriously without preconditions. For more information see the Friends Committee on National Legislation, www.fcnl.org/iran. — Beth Gould, Medford

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