I planned to write this letter earlier. But, after seeing a news story on KDRV 12 about the crosswalk on Riverside by Bad Ass Coffee and Rogue Community College, I knew my letter would back it up.

There is another crosswalk that's a problem — Tripp and Main. I am one of the many people in the valley who use an electric wheelchair to get around.

This letter is mainly for those of you who do not stop for pedestrians, whether walking or using mobility devices. It doesn't take that long to let us cross the street. We all need to get where we're going, let's be safe and considerate.

Thanks to all of you who do stop. We who don't use cars appreciate it. — Cindy Strothers, Medford

Thanksgiving. What does it mean? It means thanking someone for being generous and gracious for giving.

The Members and Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1833 want to thank some outstanding folks for helping us by donating to our "Red Poppy" drive.

We want to thank the following businesses: Mrs. Qs, Rooster's and Sally's restaurants. Woody's Bar and Grille and the Medford Moose Lodge. The Medford Wal-Mart, Medford Center Safeway, Sears, Sherm's Food-4-Less and Thunderbird markets, South Medford Fred Meyer, Main Street Styles and Rodney Erickson, public accountant.

We sincerely thank all the individuals who gave money to help the VFW with the "Red Poppy" drive. Your generosity helps our local soldiers, veterans and their families. — Don Thomson, member of VFW Post 1833

We are in Mumbai, India, doing volunteer work with a non-governmental organization. We arrived here just before the election and were privileged to witness this momentous event from afar.

Indian newspapers gave extensive coverage to the outcome and noted that it represented the welcome renewal of America's founding ideals. The Times of India editorialized that this event may be seen by future historians as so momentous that they will date the real start of the 21st century from Nov. 4, 2008.

America and the world are reacting to and celebrating our transformative decision to believe in ourselves and our nation anew. Rather than remain mired in fear and divisiveness, a landslide majority of Americans have chosen to move forward with hope, believe in new possibilities, and reassert the core spirit of American optimism.

We were both involved in the 1960s civil rights movement, yet we didn't expect to see the day when America elected a black president.

As President-elect Obama pointed out in his powerful acceptance speech, this election does not solve the huge problems of our country and our world, but it gives us the opportunity to approach them with a new spirit. — Robert and Dolores Scheelen, Medford

If the state's got a deficit and needs to make cuts let it/them cut out the raises the elected officials just gave themselves! That should take care of quite a bit of it, if not all of it.

Everybody else is having to tighten their purse strings and go without. — Buck and Connie Day, Medford

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