On July 4, we proudly flew the American flag from a pole near our driveway. The flag and pole were removed later that evening. A week later we received a letter from our homeowners association that this was against our CC&Rs. Our flagpole is a 15-foot, 3-inch diameter pole and the flag's 3 by 5 feet.

We bought the house knowing CC&Rs prohibited permanent flagpoles so it's removable. I couldn't imagine that anyone would object, but apparently they do. I understand and appreciate that CC&Rs are intended keep the neighborhood looking good and protect property values. I agree with the principle, but I do object to the American flag being compared to an unsightly trash can.

I'm asking that anyone who reads this letter do whatever possible to help correct this situation. Make a law, change a law, county, state or federal, so that flying the American flag on holidays can't be prohibited by CC&Rs. What was my husband fighting for in Vietnam, what are our soldiers fighting for now, if not at the minimum, the right to fly the American flag in their own backyard? — Joyce Nieto Keefe, Central Point

I don't understand why people are upset that the Jackson County commissioners voted a pay raise for themselves and department heads. Commissioners are politicians and that's what they do, take care of themselves and their bureaucrat buddies.

Before elections, they are for the people. They tell us the wonderful things that they will do for our vote. After the election, it's a different story. They become part of the bureaucracy.

If the commissioners were really for us, the voters, they would open the libraries, provide police, firemen, repair roads, etc.

Where would they get the money for these services? Simple, "borrow" the money from the billions that are in the PERS retirement account. That's what the federal government does; it "borrows" money from our retirement account (Social Security) all the time.

I know it will never happen, bureaucrats are the privileged class and there is probably a law against touching "their" money. — C. Andrew Beck, Medford

While mowing the lawn, a friend of mine noticed her husband of 68 years, who was sitting in a lawn chair, was no longer breathing. While administering help, a neighbor called 9-1-1 and the ambulance and Fire Station 5 arrived soon thereafter. Miraculously, they were able to get this gentleman restarted and as they loaded him into the ambulance, my friend jumped in with her husband and rode to the hospital.

On arriving in ICU, she realized that she left the lawn mower out and perhaps even running. She called her neighbor asking him to put the lawn mower away, and his response was, "The firemen mowed your lawn and put everything away."

I just have to say thank you, gentlemen, for that little extra. It does not go unnoticed and it warms our hearts every day to hear stories such as this.

Keep up the good work. — Paul N. Schultz, Medford

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