Having legalized public indecency, Jen Moss is the perfect mascot for Ashland's parade. It's hypocritical to deny her the freedom they sanction, illogical to be concerned about what "thousands" might see on July Fourth but not the other 364 days of the year, and ironic to dissuade her on the basis of moral decency.

They can hope Moss, in this context, would prefer to uphold the spirit of the law rather than the letter of it. They can hope she would yield her "right" for the greater good.

But a woman who threatens to sue the very city granting her this freedom is obviously not interested in the spirit of the law or the greater good. So she and the city are a perfect pair, both stripped not of clothes, but of logic, love and decency. — Camille Schuler, Medford

In response to the letter in Sunday's paper, "Naked woman craves attention":

How can they let her do that with all the children that will be there? Can a male also show his privates and be in the parade?

I think Ashland better think twice about it. We have a right to see a parade and not have to see repulsive people in it.

How about our rights and our kids' rights? — Carol La Rue, Central Point

Regarding the June 10 article "South to cut construction classes": This is a sad day for the students and families in Southern Oregon!

Josh Platt took a 50-percent cut in pay to do something he loved to do and saw a need in the community. Others have considered making such life changes. Many reconsidered when they saw the lack of appreciation.

Many "life skills" classes are being cut from schools all over the state/nation. We wonder why we are having problems with young people staying in school today.

Elective ("hands-on") classes often keep students in school. These are the skills that will help them be good family providers later in life.

How can students discover their talents if they are never given a chance to be exposed to electives? What about the home economics teachers who teach foods, nutrition, sewing, family life and child development? These programs are being dropped from the curriculum.

What is more basic than taking care of your family? In today's economy it frequently takes both parents working to make a decent income, and basic life skills learned in school can save many dollars when they are able to do the job themselves. — Alma Gates, Jacksonville, retired home economics teacher, Central Point School District

Barack Obama promises change in America: This is something he can deliver. With the economy and gas prices, change is all we will have left. We won't have any bills, just change. — Bob Stafford, Medford

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