On Feb. 5, at 7 p.m., "Super Tuesday," Rogue Valley citizens will have the opportunity to hear and question Bruce Fein, a brilliant, impassioned constitutional scholar, on a topic that is perhaps more important than who the next president will be — that of what power he or she will have. Will the executive inherit the powers that have been assumed by the current administration or will it be limited to those granted by our Constitution?

Mr. Fein will address impeachment and other strategies he believes can restore lawful government according to our Constitution. The talk, "Who Killed the Constitution? Should We Care?" will be held in the SOU Rogue River Room. Admission is free.

This event is cosponsored by the SOU department of history and political science, Students for Truth, and Southern Oregon Defenders of the Constitution.

Take advantage of an opportunity for conservative and liberal thinkers to meet together and learn about an important issue that affects us all. — Selene Aitken, Ashland

Southern Oregon Education Service District does not have their own school buildings, principals, cafeteria workers, buses or a football team. What they do have is a group of about 100 dedicated educators who teach most of Southern Oregon's children with disabilities.

These are children who have vision problems or are blind, deaf or hard of hearing, students with autism and students with a wide range of cognitive difficulties, students with physical difficulties, rare disabilities such at Rett Syndrome and more common disabilities such as Down Syndrome — the list goes on. Many of these educators have a year or more of course work over and above their teaching degrees to gain the specialized skills and knowledge needed to educate these students.

These highly qualified educators, who are spread out over most of Southern Oregon, many serving more than one country, have been working without a contract since June. They want the SOESD board to work together with them and move forward toward a mutually agreeable resolution. Without a mutually agreeable resolution, the education of Southern Oregon's children with disabilities is at risk. — Judy Richards, Talent

I became pregnant at 18 in 1966. When asked if I wanted to get an abortion, I vehemently refused. My father had turned against me, I refused to marry my boyfriend; my parents had planned to send me away (so as not to be embarrassed), have the child and give it up for adoption. I had planned to keep my child. Two weeks later I miscarried.

In 1978, I became pregnant again. The nurse who informed me suggested an abortion clinic. I was single, recently broken up from my boyfriend, made minimum wage. I didn't know what to do. I fell victim to all the pro-abortion propaganda and truly believed I had no other viable choice.

I had the abortion a few weeks later. I knew I had just made the mistake of my life — I was killing my own child.

If abortion had still been illegal in 1978, I never would have considered abortion and my child would be alive today. She would be 30, maybe have children of her own, my grandchildren. Isn't it time to end the killing? — Barbara Sunny Milton, Eagle Point

"To count one trillion dollars at the rate of one dollar per second, it would take 32 years." — Ann Landers, MT, April 29, 1995

"National debt reaches 10 trillion dollars" — MT, Dec. 4, 2007, The Associated Press

So, from 1776 to 2001, $5.7 trillion equals 1821/2; years.

For Bush and Cheney's eight years, 2001-2009, $4.3 trillion equals 1371/2; years.

The total is $10 trillion, which equals 320 years, or

87 years before we became a nation.

We borrow money from other nations and print more money to pay the interest on the national debt. Then we give tax breaks (cuts) to the oil companies, big corporations, lobbyists and the very wealthy. These tax cuts are at the expense of average working Americans and their families.

Common sense isn't too common anymore.

We are rapidly going from a sugar daddy to a real sucker. — Ron Garringer, Central Point

The Mail Tribune recently recognized five teachers from Hedrick Middle School for winning an international contest for transforming their bodies, as a group, through nutrition and fitness. This is fantastic and I just want to congratulate teachers/leaders: Dan Keck, Wendy Barrie, Kathy Pauck, Susan Hold and Sandee Kensinger.

What better group than physical education teachers to lead by example for our youth? I'm sure each of them had fun doing the contest, but I'm equally certain the process was not entirely easy ... losing weight, quitting smoking, changing habits never are.

For me, their accomplishment sends a strong message to our youth that if you put your mind to something, you can accomplish it. Achieving any level of success still takes good old-fashioned hard work, and what this group demonstrated really brings this point home perfectly, especially in light of current health concerns of child obesity, diabetes and general overall health. Great job, gang ... well done! — Ed Singler, Medford

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