We have heard it all before. A developer buys some cheap land around a rural airport, builds a bunch of homes and then the buyers complain about the noise and danger.

It is beyond my imagination why someone would want to live next to a freeway or busy highway. The first thing a person should check when considering a new home is the environment around the area. Not only does the Sports Park create dust, but you have all that noise from the kids playing baseball, the auto-crossers, the go-karters, the drag racers and the Saturday night auto races.

And all that traffic. Let's move the Sports Park because people have moved into houses too close.

I really cannot feel sorry for Mr. Probst and his neighbors who should have known that there was a dust problem from the folks using the Hoover Ponds. — Dave Bartholomew, Applegate Valley

If you would direct your journalistic fervor to local economic issues, you would find a few causes that are responsible for the mess.

Furniture stores that offer no payments for any number of years and no interest for three to four years. The asinine automobile ads. A woman driving from Walla Walla, Wash., to save money in Medford? A woman from Washington driving to Phoenix for dental work?

Oh, well, this country has always run on the premise of spending more money than you can earn. And now we are dancing to the piper's tune and it sure is not the cash register but the dirge of the repo drummers. — James A. Robinson, Grants Pass

At a recent hearing in Newport, lawmakers heard testimony about cougar management from Dr. Robert Wielgus, director of Washington State University's Large Carnivore Conservation Laboratory.

Dr. Wielgus and his team found nonselective killing of cougars through aggressive lethal control and liberalized hunting had caused the region's cougar numbers to decline, created social chaos with cougar populations and increased conflicts with the big cats. Other peer-reviewed studies support WSU's findings that nontargeted killing of cougars does more harm than good.

Despite such evidence, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife continues to implement its ill-conceived Cougar Management Plan, which calls for indiscriminately killing nearly 2,000 cougars across the state. That plan has nothing to do with protecting the public since it does not target the very rare individual cougar responsible for conflicts. Rather, it broadly kills cougar throughout Oregon, many of whom have no history of causing trouble.

Sen. Alan Bates, who chairs the Environment and Natural Resources Committee, should introduce legislation to immediately halt the CMP until the plan undergoes rigorous scientific review. Rep. Peter Buckley has said he intends to introduce such a bill in the House. Sen. Bates should now follow Rep. Buckley's lead. — Ron Elterman, Ashland

Our government supports the Saudis and all of us know why. Not one Iranian participated in the 9/11 massacre and not one of us know why. Of nineteen hijackers identified by the FBI, 15 were Saudis, 1 Egyptian, 1 Lebanese, and 2 United Arab Emirates.

In 1953, one of the bloodiest coups in Iranian history was orchestrated and supported by the CIA against Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh, the prime minister of Iran elected by parliament and a national hero to Iranian citizens. Iranian people experienced untold suffering; thousands were executed and tortured at the hands of the Shah's corrupt dictatorship and cruel secret police. He annihilated political organizations perceived as a threat and left Iran without organized leadership.

In 1979, the Iranians fought for freedom and democracy. After the collapse of the Shah, the Iranians enjoyed some semblance of freedom. They began republishing previously banned newspapers, magazines, and books until the arrival of the existing religious dictatorship, just another form of tyranny for the Iranian people.

My point is, I am much more afraid of Pakistan (already in possession of WMDs) and a population that despises Americans than I am of a nuclear Iran with a population that loves Americans. — Barbra Henry, Phoenix

The proposed $700 billion bailout could really stick it to taxpayers if not done correctly. We need absolute transparency about who receives the money.

On the $85 billion AIG bailout, we have no idea who benefited from our generosity. Sure, AIG and its subsidiaries are still in business, but the real beneficiaries were financial institutions who bought AIG insurance (credit default swaps) to cover their lousy deals. If AIG collapsed, they would have suffered enormous losses.

So whom did our money really benefit, foreign banks? In this new, far bigger bailout, let's give taxpayers all the information.

We also need to insure that the $700 billion is spent so that taxpayers get the best possible usage of the money, not the banks, corporations, CEOs, shareholders, etc. Secretary Paulson should not be given carte blanche authority to distribute the money as he sees fit. Rather, it should be distributed in some sort of collusion-proof reverse auction. Let the financial institutions bid against one another for the money.

Whoever will sell their lousy mortgages cheapest to the government should have their assets purchased first. Banks should not set the prices that taxpayers have to pay.

Contact your congressmen and senators. — Gary O'Neal, Gold Hill

It seems that Tinseltown is no longer going to have movies and times published in the Mail Tribune paper. People will have to go on-line to get the information.

How about those of us who do not have computers and like to go to the movies? It would be a great public service and help to everyone if this service would be continued. — E. Nelson, Medford

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