The Mail Tribune's recent article on government oversight is commendable except for one example.

Compensation packages for university presidents approaching half a million dollars, Air Force top brass and other government bigwigs spending millions on "comfort capsules" designed for large military jets consisting of flat-screen TVs with stereo speakers, $68,240 reupholstered chairs, couch, bed — well, you get the point — 28 choppers for the next president at an astronomical cost of $11.2 billion ($400 million each), nearly double the original cost (Britain spends for the same helicopter $57 million each). So far both presidential candidates have cracked stereotypical yawns, blind to the clear vision of public fury.

Some of these outrages will end.

At the risk of Grinch-like repetition closer to home, the Jackson County commissioner/official salary increases have not been resolved. The sheriff received 18.6 percent, justice of the peace 40.3 percent, and the commissioners' 26-percent increase has been declined until a more opportune, cynical, political moment. This list is not comprehensive.

All salary increases should be rescinded by the commissioners post-haste and the same promised by campaigning candidates this year, reworking the budget immediately.

The MT is correct: Americans have soured on government. I wonder why. — Joel R. Marks, Medford

I think the woman who objected to CC&Rs restricting flagpoles is making an inappropriate response. I believe CC&Rs are very beneficial to the neighborhood.

The homeowners association she referred to is not some faceless entity who is out to get anyone. The association comprises all the neighbors who live there. The people who serve on the board and issue letters do this on behalf of everyone in the neighborhood.

I'm thankful that we have neighbors who are willing to donate their time in performing this sometimes thankless task. If someone objects to CC&Rs, the more appropriate process to is to find enough neighbors who agree so a change can be made.

There were many flags displayed over the Fourth of July. In fact there are quite a few displayed every day in the neighborhood. Obviously, displaying the flag is not the issue.

Comparing the American flag to an unsightly trash may evoke some emotional responses; however, it seems like a pretty inane argument. One has nothing to do with the other.

I'm sure our local, county and state officials have more to do than to worry about legislating something that is really a neighborhood issue. — Bob Williams, Central Point

A recent ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is a perfect example of courts creating their own laws rather than simply interpreting existing laws created by Congress.

The court ruled that BLM must manage lands with wilderness characteristics as true wilderness even if Congress has not designated the land to be wilderness or a wilderness study area. Thus, all mining, logging, grazing or ORV use must not be allowed. These lands would be de facto wilderness areas while ignoring the Wilderness Act or the intent of Congress.

Left unsaid is a definition of wilderness characteristics. The Wilderness Act requires land to be untouched by man and it should be peaceful and serene. The land proposed for wilderness protection within the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument contains areas previously logged, clearcuts and partial cuts, logging road, jeep trails, a 500-kv power line and even touches Interstate 5.

Ah yes, untouched by man, peaceful and serene I-5. Sort of a deer trail, actually. — Pat Clason, Medford

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