Jacksonville's hesitation regarding RPS is based on the following issues: City council members and commissioners have, only recently, seen the nearly completed RPS plan and had the opportunity to discuss participation in the process.

They have, only recently, come to understand the ramifications of the urban reserves and recognized the potential impact on the city of Jacksonville, the region as a whole, and the state's resource lands. They have, only recently, become aware that the RPS process has the potential to undermine Oregon's current land use process and, thus, to impact resource lands throughout the state.

Bravo to Jacksonville council members and commissioners for having the guts to recognize what the approval of this RPS plan could mean to the whole state of Oregon. — Whitman Parker, publisher, The Jacksonville Review

I had planned to write a diatribe on the animal abuse case that's been in the news lately. My better nature took over; I shortened it.

This was a heinous and cowardly act on the part of the three miscreants. Animal lovers or not, we should all be afraid! This behavior should not be tolerated in a civil society. Lock them up and throw away the key! — Ingrid Robison, White City

Reading about the economy's importance reminded me of my experience in the Great Depression. I started work in 1932. Roosevelt had fine plans to help the people — the NRA, which raised me from $11 to $15 a week, CCC, WPA, etc.

But he also had a plan to perpetuate those programs by taxing businesses, particularly the undistributed profit tax, that kept businesses underfunded and unable to develop and create jobs which in turn made fertile ground for his welfare programs.

He had a wonderful economic and job program in 1932, so wonderful that unemployment was down to 14.6 percent by 1940. GDP growth was zero that same eight years.

I'd be a bit leery of any tax program that stifles business development with excess taxes. — Ralph A. Herbold, Ashland

On the BBC America news, Lehman Brothers' bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy in the history of money. Also a story about American soldiers in Iraq negotiating reconstruction funds for Iraqi shopkeepers. What's wrong with this picture?

It seems that bin Laden's plan with the aid of the Smothers Brothers (George and Dick) is finally coming to fruition. It wasn't about the buildings or the loss of life, it was about the ruination of America. Bin Laden attacks, the Smothers Brothers charge off to Iraq (the wrong country) and squander billions of dollars.

Meanwhile, the Fed lowered interest rates, everybody was buying houses on cheap loans, and everybody was doing well, for the moment. Finally, as bin Laden hoped, the excrement hit the oscillator. Bear Stearns gets bailed out, Fannie and Freddie get "nationalized." Now, along come Lehman Brothers (and more?)

Uncle Ben says he has to draw a line in the sand and we know why. There's no money left; it's in Iraq.

Apart from bin Laden chortling, I can see the day when we get a knock on our door, and it's a foreign soldier wanting to discuss reconstruction funds for our house or business. — Robert J. McWilliams, Medford

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