To all left-wingers who are crying out for separation of church and state following the Saddleback forum: Did you also deplore the many campaign appearances of Bill Clinton and Al Gore back in the '90s in black churches? Would it have been OK with you if this forum had been run by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright instead, in his church?

Your hypocrisies and political correctness are tiresome and offensive. — M. Felder, Medford

This is directed to the woman in the black BMW who shopped at north Fred Meyer on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 16. What was she thinking?

It was 106 degrees outside, so hot that even standing in the shade was intolerable. Yet, she left her poor dog closed up tight in her car while she shopped.

How long was she in the store while he suffered in the heat — 15 minutes? 30 minutes? We were preparing to call the police when she walked out with her purchases.

On our next 100-degree day, I dare her to park in the sun, close the windows up tight, and sit in her car for the same amount of time she left her dog. Only then will she appreciate what she did to her best friend.

She's lucky he survived and also lucky that she didn't get the windows of her beautiful car bashed in to rescue him. — Vicki Johnson, Medford

I've said it before, and Terry Stone's recent letter leads me to say it again: When you choose to move tons of metal at inhuman speeds, you take on responsibility for the safety of people who may end up in your path.

The sole legal responsibility of pedestrians is to use crosswalks or intersections when there's traffic.

There are no laws about cell-phone use among pedestrians, or pedestrian speed limits, or pedestrian illumination. That's because pedestrians do not make the roads unsafe, no matter how much pedestrian traffic increases or decreases. The most important factor by far in traffic deaths, including pedestrian deaths, is the automobiles and trucks on the roads.

The safety of a pedestrian in a crosswalk or at an intersection is the responsibility of the motorists. Period. Outside of crosswalks, it is not as much legal responsibility as moral responsibility.

As to what Ashland can do to change Siskiyou Boulevard, severe cosmetic changes can be remarkably effective. Make crosswalks and intersections look and feel very different — brick, for example, or a circle of asphalt in the concrete, (or both, as in downtown Portland), visually breaking up Ashland's hazardously straight road. — Scott McKay, Medford

Today is Aug. 18, and all day the air tankers have been going out about every 20 minutes. That means there are fires needing them.

Every time I hear one going out, I shudder, knowing they are in such a risky business. I just wanted to say, please be careful, fly safe and thank you. — Ann Hathaway, White City

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