I would rather like it if instead of trying to reassure drivers it's not their fault, the paper would worry about public safety.

Recently one of the Mail Tribune articles was about a biker killed by a car. The article's headline was "Biker hit car, driver didn't see him," when it should have been, "Biker hit car, wasn't wearing a helmet." The reason is that the first headline is reassuring to drivers that it is not their fault if they kill a cyclist, but the second headline is warning bikers to wear helmets, similar to the recent government commercials. — Zachary Olsen, seventh-grade, Scenic Middle School

When I was in college I had an economics professor who would place a T and/or an R on any student's paper that had trite or redundant statements. Still today, after over 50 years, I place imaginary T's and R's on articles I read.

Paul Greenberg is a challenge to read. When I cross off the superfluous words, Mr. Greenberg's article remains only a few inches long. In addition to Mr. Greenberg's article there was a James Kilpatrick article, "To make a long story short, brevity leads to clarity."

What a coincidence — particularly Mr. Kilpatrick's statement: "Nothing improves many a sentence quite so much as the early ending of it." — Joseph O'Connor, Medford

I had about given up hope that there was honesty and integrity left in the world today.

To the lady, Teresa, who found our yellow dry bag, and was searching for a way to return it and to our friends who overheard the conversation, I just want to say a huge thank you all! You just don't know what it means to us.

We capsized in the Rogue River on June 29 and lost two kayaks, one of which contained our dry bag with keys and wallet. I kept telling myself that there really were people out there who had integrity. Thank you for confirming that for me. God bless you all. — Sue Stone, White City

Many don't realize that all this "whining" and "negativity" about Wal-Mart is in Medford's best interests. It would be foolish to sit back and watch a sloppy plan get hurriedly pushed through, especially if the plan does not include an accurate traffic analysis.

I could do without a traffic nightmare at the new south Interstate 5 exit. Aren't we making a new exit to solve the congestion of the old one? Let's take the time to work out a fair solution. Wal-Mart can wait. — Drew Brammer, Medford

Al Gore recently pointed out that global warming is here now. (It's not just "climate change — but far worse and imminent than our "leaders" in the White House tell us.)

Humanity, you, your children and people all over our world will experience dramatic man-made problems. Our only hope is to give up drilling for oil/gas. More drilling in the oceans, or even in Alaska, will seriously damage our oceans, lands and the air we breathe.

It is not a matter of producing our own oil to try to bring down gasoline prices to compete with foreign oil, rather it is important that we — and the rest of the world — switch all of our subsidies, efforts and tax breaks from oil, etc., to pure renewable energy technologies now.

Solar, wind and other technologies are already cost-effective and provide our workers excellent jobs — yes, here in America!

We must stop paying subsidies to oil corporations and pass legislation so that those funds go to solar and wind technologies to get the U.S. and our planet out of trouble, reducing CO² levels to acceptable levels.

We can do these things in Oregon. We are dealing with our very future. — Louis Lichtenstein, Phoenix

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