Voters are reminded that Oregon has a closed primary, which means you can only vote for candidates who share your same party affiliation.

All of the excitement this year is in the Democratic primary: Clinton versus Obama. Only registered Democrats can vote in the Clinton/Obama race. If registered Republicans or independents want to have a say in the Clinton/Obama contest, they need to change their voter registration before the deadline of April 29.

Changing your registration is free and takes less that two minutes. Registration forms are available at the post office, DMV, local libraries, Jackson County elections office, Jackson County Democrats office, Obama campaign office, page 93 of your Qwest Dex phone book, or online at www.sos.state.or.us/elections/votreg/vreg.htm. The completed form must be received by the Jackson County Elections Office (not the curbside drop box), 1101 W. Main St., Suite 201, Medford, OR 97501 by 5 p.m. April 29, 2008.

Changing your party will not affect your choices in the November general election. Republicans and independents can easily switch back before the next primary.

Regardless of your preference (Clinton versus Obama), don't miss your opportunity to help shape this important election. — Jeffrey K. McCollum, Medford

"Failure is not an option." What the hell does that mean? Failure at what? Oil and profits, or profits and oil? When Saddam was hung, it was over. The mission was completed, and the loss of American lives minimal. An astounding military success ... and now it's a 100-year war going door-to-door (very much the same thing our police are doing to try and save our own towns and cities from gangs, druggers and killers).

I don't see conspiracy around the corner every day, but this administration makes me feel like a failure if I don't try: "Outsourcing" is the word. The question is, "In-sourcing." What countries are involved in a potential take-over of our economy and lives.

We have the right to know who owns what, and why. If "globalization" by Wall Street and D.C. comes about, you can kiss democracy and America goodbye. You'll get the 100-year war(s), and another 100 living in financial slavery ... Clarence Darrow is still dead, and "eminent domain," too much alive. You haven't been out-thought, you've been out-slicked, and every pertinent question is now a matter of "national security." Why ask why, huh? — F.C. Mequish, Medford

Roseanna's Friday, April 11, letter "Paul is best" is laudable and honest. However, McCain isn't!

No moral difference exists between McCain versus his socialist Democratic presidential contenders. An R (Republican) behind a candidate's name means nothing!

"Ron Paul Should Be President Of The United States" via www.constitutionpartyoregon.net is worth reading. Likewise "Only A Miracle Can Save America Now" by Chuck Baldwin (April 15) at chuckbaldwinlive.com. Click on "Chuck's Archived Columns."

The American public has a choice. They can continue embracing failed socialist policy, or instead a free republic. The political atrocities of Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ), the Earl Warren Supreme Court, and their collectivist ilk elite perpetrated back in the 1960s must be reversed. Our nation continues paying for their crimes 40 years afterward. — James A. Farmer, Ashland, vice chairman, Constitution Party for Jackson County

One of the reasons we have the messes we have is that we, the people, do not want to hear the truth. We elect people who tell us the lies we want to hear about how noble and smart we are. Sorry, we have not earned an A yet in democracy until we smarten up and are willing to hear and deal with the truth whether it comes to us in the best most diplomatic, sugar-coated, toned down words.

It is true that we humans, when we are scared and feeling powerless, do predictable things. We get rigid in our religious thinking, we buy guns, we start wars with "the bad guys," we blame the guy on the rung down the social ladder and yes we get bitter, cynical and angry. Not good solutions for the hard problems facing us but normal responses.

Now, we have to do better and actually face our fears and think our way through them. We have to use that big new brain to save our species from ourselves. — Diane M. Werich, Ashland

As an outdoorsman and a businessman, I want to thank Reps. DeFazio and Blumenauer for committing to protect Rogue tributaries downstream of Grants Pass. We need to help recover Rogue fisheries and support the important tourism industry in southwest Oregon. Strong protections for the Rogue River are fundamental in achieving both.

The outdoor industry generates billions of dollars annually for the U.S. economy, and the Rogue itself generates millions for local businesses. People come from near and far to have unique outdoor experiences and in doing so they contribute revenue to restaurants, hotels, gas stations and recreation businesses. I rely on the Rogue River to provide people with hiking, rafting and fishing trips. I know personally how this river provides for local businesses, and I also know how it offers people a priceless lifetime experience not commonly found in the hustle and bustle of today's world. — Brad Niva, Rogue Wilderness Adventures

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