The statement by AP writers, "The United States is now winning the war that two years ago seemed lost" was six months late. Why? The independents that watch Fox News, the only news source that has real debates, knew the war was being won at the end of 2007.

The AP story was not given top billing on the MT's front page. Why? A headline stating, "The United States is winning," would support President Bush. — Bill Hartley, Medford

Thank you to the Prospect Lions, the promoter and all of the sponsors for this year's 13th Annual Bluegrass Festival. It was a great weekend.

The weather was good and the music was fantastic. The "old-fashioned barn dance" was some of the most fun I've had in a long time. The whole weekend was totally family friendly and all within driving distance if you only wanted to go for the day. I hope this festival can continue. Please put it on your calendar for next year. — Leslie Larson, Shady Cove

I want to bring to your attention that Fox News Sunday had a special feature on a man who started a nonprofit called Honor Flight. Its mission is to provide free transportation for World War II veterans to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., which honors these men and women.

The number of WWII vets is diminishing every day and for many this might be their last and only opportunity to visit this memorial. The organization's Web site is www.honorflight.org. Their address is Honor Flight Inc., 300 E. Auburn Ave., Springfield, OH 45505-4703; phone: 937-5211-2400. I am not a WWII veteran and I have no role with the organization; I just think it is a great opportunity that not too many know about. — Joseph Hohmann, Medford

As a veteran algebra teacher I was pleased to read "Schoolgirls' math success catches up to boys'" (July 25). It's great news that the old disparity in expectations is disappearing and girls are succeeding in more diverse academic pursuits.

Teenagers are always concerned with peer perception; bright young women can be reluctant to take more challenging courses or outshine boys, lest they be labeled "bookish" or "nerdy." During my years teaching in a coed secondary school, I encouraged all students to excel. I also taught in an all-girls private school where the expectation was that they would excel in challenging courses. Many public schools are now using single-sex classes for math and science, with positive results for boys and girls.

The researcher quoted refers to girls missing out on "a lot of careers, particularly high-prestige, lucrative careers in science and technology" unless they study higher math. In fact, a crucial math-related career is neither high-prestige nor lucrative. If more bright women don't choose to teach math and science, how will our children and grandchildren learn these vital subjects and achieve their potential? Beware of deterring our best and brightest from touching the future by teaching. — Betty R. Kazmin, Medford

I'd re-registered as a Democrat to help get Obama on the ballot. However, because John McCain has fearlessly met with the Dalai Lama, calling for Tibet's freedom, I'm voting for McCain and urge you to, also.

McCain's action was awesome. Furthermore, compared with Obama's hastily ditching his preacher, it reveals McCain's integrity, unwavering loyalty and true courage even where politically unpopular. That best represents us Americans. — Patti Morey, Ashland

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