Dutch Bros. Coffee spread an incredible amount of love on Valentine's Day, 9,522 pounds of it. Through their promotion, titled Dutch Love "Cans for Coffee," they gave thousands of free drinks to customers who donated three cans of food on Valentine's Day. This raised enough food through all 19 stores to provide 9,522 meals, and help ACCESS feed the hungry in Jackson County.

This was an unprecedented amount of food for a one-day food drive. Many thanks to all the staff at Dutch Bros. who prepared all those drinks, and to the entire community for their generous donations.

Unfortunately, in our community people are hungry year round. That's why this effort is so important not only in providing food, but awareness of the ongoing need. "Way to go, Dutch Bros." — Philip Yates, ACCESS Nutrition Programs Director

Giving a prominent review in your news pages to an unpublished manuscript, "Ashland rabbi pens book about the etymology of biblical place names" (Feb. 16), surely must be a first. It's certainly a boon for writers seeking publishers, not to mention a tonic for those sagging newspaper subscriptions.

And perhaps best of all, writers can have their manuscripts publicized with few worries about fussy reviewers. Rabbi Zaslow's manuscript, for example, is purportedly non-fiction, even though there is no factual evidence for his Exodus tale.

In fact, a scholarly history by the respected Israeli historian Schlomo Sand, currently a best-seller in Israel and Europe, negates most of traditional Jewish history, including the story of the Jews escaping Egypt for the "Promised Land." (Besides, the "Promised Land," at that time, happened to have been a part of Egypt.)

Jackson County literary aspirants should be grateful to Rabbi Zaslow for breaking new ground and raising new hope that their unpublished work might also see the sun of publicity. — Isaac Walker, Ashland

Recently, I sent a thank-you to a friend at the Eagle Point School District. I was surprised to find the envelope back in my mailbox a week later. A sticker on the front read: "Return to sender/No mail receptacle/Unable to forward." A Medford post office clerk explained that the district likely receives mail through a P.O. box.

"I know it's messed up, but the computer probably slapped that on there before anyone saw it," he said. "You could try driving it to the Eagle Point post office, but if you were going that far, you'd might as well take it to the school district office yourself." No kidding.

With respect to friends there, it's clear the USPS has problems beyond computers. If neither a carrier nor a sorter can find the north county's largest employer, why should we imagine a 2-cent increase in May would improve service? Perhaps its time to sell off the enterprise to someone who cares: like FedEx. — Alberto Enriquez, Medford

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