Wait a minute here! Jackson County Commissioner Jack Walker says "It would be throwing money down the well." Another comment that clearly indicates Mr. Walker still lives in the dark ages and is stuck somewhere in the 1950s.

The levy that was passed by the voters in 1948 provided 25 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation for the preservation of our local history.

Mr. Walker, after the passage of Measure 50, removed those funds and pooled them with county funds, in essence leaving the Southern Oregon Historical Society without the financing it needs to continue operations. How can Mr. Walker expect it to continue operations without the levy funds or county support? Let's see how well the county funds its services when the federal government ends its support with the O&C funding next year.

The county should have never taken the Southern Oregon Historical Society levy funds and they should stop making Mr. Enders their whipping boy. — John and Beth Hallett, Medford

It was very impressive to see the recent bipartisanship displayed by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa. Despite the busy holiday season, they joined together to send a letter to a sports league threatening to reconsider their anti-trust exemption. And what crisis stimulated this rare cooperation across the aisle in Washington? Why, it was the possibility that only 40 percent of U.S. households were going to be able to watch the New England Patriots play football on Dec. 29.

With that crisis averted, why stop there? Congress should supply every home with cable or satellite TV. Two hundred channels should be a minimum. MTV, cartoons, and soaps for all! (They might want to block the History Channel.) Then, maybe, we won't notice when they pass a farm bill that allows annual farm subsidy payments of over a quarter million dollars to people earning annual incomes of a million or more. And while distracted by the boob tube, we won't need to worry about how our ever-mounting national debt of $9,142,000,000,000 will affect our kids' futures. — Larry Martin, Central Point

At this time of year when we pray for peace on Earth, let us remember the other creatures we share this beloved Earth with. Until we extend peace to all living beings, there will be no peace.

Every time we choose to eat meat, we participate in a horrendous industry that promotes violence. Violence towards the animals who live in fear and suffer unspeakable abuses at the hands of factory farm workers; violence towards the earth by polluting the air we breath and the water we drink and by the deforestation of millions of acres of land to raise animals for human consumption; violence towards the factory farm workers who have the highest rate of work related injuries; and violence towards our own bodies by increasing our rates of cancer, obesity, diabetes, and other illnesses directly related to the consumption of meat eating.

By choosing a compassionate and cruelty-free diet, we promote peace on every level. Please, choose peace. For more information about a cruelty-free diet, visit www.hsus.org. — Olina St. Onge, Medford

Your editorial Dec. 21 states that ACCESS can turn $1 into five meals. Social Security is giving us a slight raise in January. I was thinking if everyone donated $10 from their check, it would help an awful lot to meet the needs of poor hungry people.

Yes, my check went in the mail already. Please share. — Opal Hodgen, Eagle Point

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