My brother, Buddy, lived in an isolated area northeast of Roseburg. One day he was strolling through the woods, near his home. Suddenly there was a loud crack and he felt a searing pain just behind his shoulder. Looking around he saw a group of men with rifles. They had shot him!

In pain, he turned and ran, hoping to get away from them. Some time passed. Buddy thought he was safe.

He was lying on top of a ridge tending his wound and gathering strength to return home.

Down the hill the gang of men could be heard. Buddy staggered off, the men followed.

Luckily he evaded their ambush.

Moving through the brush. Buddy encountered one of the men armed with a handgun. He shot Buddy again. Buddy and the man struggled. Buddy was shot three more times.

Another man arrived and shot Buddy twice, once behind the ear, ending the struggle.

Tragically, Buddy was dead. The man Buddy struggled with was injured, but stated next bear hunting season he wished he could bring dogs with him.

Buddy wanted only to live his life as nature intended. We miss him.

— By Bertha Bear, as told to Dorothy Cook, Medford

On Saturday, June 14, Jonny Lightheart of Boy Scout Troop No. 167 carried on a walk/jog fundraiser for Medford Surgical Missions.

This function was to help fulfill requirements for his becoming an Eagle Scout. The event was presented in a most organized and efficient manner, and all who participated had a wonderful time.

As president of Medford Surgical Missions, and on behalf of the nurses and doctors of our mission teams, I wish to extend our sincere gratitude to all of the people who participated. A very generous contribution was made toward our next annual humanitarian trip to provide surgical care for the children of Oaxaca, Mexico. — Ronald G. Worland, M.D., Medford

The report of salmonella on tomatoes is disturbing.

The first issue is food safety: Where did the salmonella come from? The article on June 10 said it is a "rare strain of the microbe called 'salmonella saintpaul' " and "could have been caused by ... dirty irrigation water and the tomatoes' proximity to animal feces."

Vegetables are getting a bad reputation when it's the highly intensified factory farming practices that create filthy environments where food-borne pathogens flourish and mutate. Why did it take almost six weeks for the public to become fully informed? I suspect food lobbyists for the meat industry are trying to downplay the fact that animal feces seeps into irrigation water all the time.

There are still no legal protections from allowing diseased animals into our food supply. Contaminated meat gets irradiated so it can be sold to the public.

How much radiation is that? Read this quote from the CDC: To kill salmonella, fresh chicken can be irradiated at up to 4.5 kiloGrays, which is about 7 million times more irradiation than a single chest X-ray. Veggies are not the problem. Meat is. — Christine McGarvin, Medford

Naiveté is a character flaw when it's associated with adults thinking about necessary changes for the "good" of the populace.

It's extremely naive to think that taxing "windfall" profits of "Big Oil" will reduce our prices at the gas pump. Why would they not pass along that tax adding to the price of gasoline? Of course they will. Doesn't every corporation do the same thing?

Along those same lines, those proposing changing our autos, with a snap of the fingers, to burn more efficient and less expensive fuel are dreaming. It takes years and years to retool auto factories and retrain workers to say nothing of redesigning the auto itself.

What we need to do is start looking inward and became as self-sufficient as possible. That means drilling, building refineries and looking to nuclear, solar and wind energies.

The NIMBY (not in my back yard) attitude can't be allowed or tolerated any longer regardless of who you are or where you live. Wealthy individuals (be they Nobel Prize winners or entertainment stars) should not be allowed to "buy" green credits to pardon their obscene use of energy. Thinking the president has the power to make changes is, again, naive. — P. B. Moran, Medford

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