Shame on Pam Vavra, chairwoman of Peace House, for sponsoring a flag display that represented dead heroes with red flags. Our dead heroes deserve respect, not a display sponsored by Peace House.

After we gave peace a chance in 'Nam, over 2 million were killed by the communists. Perhaps Pam Vavra needs to plant 2 million flags so she can visualize what happened when we gave peace a chance. — Bill Hartley, Medford

I am appalled at the amount of garbage I see strewn around Emigrant Lake, which I frequent with my dog. You may have seen me. I am the one carrying a plastic bag picking up garbage accompanied by my Italian mastiff.

What kind of mentality are those who come to enjoy nature and then spoil it with their laziness by leaving their garbage behind? Inside it only strengthens my disgust for mankind when I take my daily walks along the water's edge.

It is an arduous task to pick up after others. It would be more soothing to the psyche if these polluters were simply eliminated, as their littering habits would be buried with them. Unfortunately, my idea of curing the problem is not well received by the "moral majority."

I then ask those who share my sentiment to take one bag with them on any outing into nature, and fill that bag with garbage. Then, upon leaving, bring that one bag of garbage with them and dispose of the same in one's own garbage can at home.

If we all pitch in, those of us with a conscience can all make a difference. Truly a small price to pay. — Lisa A. Frost, Ashland

Thank you very much for running Paul Greenberg's columns. He is one of my favorite columnists.

I especially enjoyed his April 18 column in which he revealed what an international pain in the neck Jimmy Carter is. There is no dictator or terrorist that Carter doesn't love.

Greenberg could have mentioned all of the Arab money that pours into the Carter Foundation.

Carter's book, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," is replete with anti-Israel propaganda, lies and distortions. The Arabs love him because he's a sworn enemy of Israel. — Maynard Telpner, Ashland

I fear we have promoted a candidate who lacks a firm sense of who he is and what he believes. Why did he continue his membership in a hate-filled church under Rev. Wright? It has been suggested that he was driven by insecurity, by a need to belong.

Now consider what Obama said in San Francisco about how the economy affects small-town Pennsylvanians, "So it's not surprising that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

Certainly, if he thought his San Francisco audience had similar feelings, he would not have included these demeaning remarks. I think he wanted his audience to know that he was one of them, the sophisticated, the educated, the elite. — Judith Brock, Medford

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