Some people seem to feel that those of us who oppose this "stimulus " package are "out of the loop." History, as always, will be the judge of who is right and who is wrong.

Given the problems the United States faces, no knowledgeable citizen can deny that a huge infusion of federal money is absolutely necessary. The problem comes in how this is accomplished. Rushing and passing a 1,000-page bill in five days, that no member of the House or Senate had time to read, let alone study, should light up red lights for all Americans. The AIG fiasco is a result!

This is not to say that the whole package is bad. There are some great ideas in the bill. But before we ask all future Americans to sign a $787 billion mortgage, shouldn't we at least take the time to weed out the pork and partisan spending? — Gene Rushing, Medford

As a retired respite volunteer for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, I urge you to become involved — either as a client or as a volunteer. The organization needs both.

If you are a maxed-out caregiver, the program can provide a trained volunteer to come to your home for up to three hours once a week to see to the safety of your loved one. The service is free to the clients.

I found much satisfaction through the years of being a respite volunteer and if you gave it a try I'm sure you would also. For more information, call the office at 857-7780. — Violet M. Brown, Medford

Wowie-zowie! I was unprepared for the depth and beauty of the play, "Death and the King's Horseman."

Having read the MT review, my imagination was dampened. So, when I then read the play, I was unable to create the poetic and dramatic images described.

Thankfully, we have creative genius at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to do that for us. The impressive blend of design, acting, music and choreography went far beyond my expectations. I applaud their achievement and highly recommend this brilliant production.

The play creatively dramatizes how our experience and expectations color our world, real and mystical. Awesome. — Joyce Woods, Ashland

I think that you are right to say thumbs down to graffiti. I don't like it either. It is a thing that is making places look bad.

The people that do graffiti should be caught and not be able to use paint even if they are artists. It is a bad thing to do to our community walls.

It would be good to stop graffiti. If people do get caught that would get rid of more graffiti. I hope we are able to stop graffiti soon. — Terry Gardner, Eagle Point

I find it odd that the same American public so furious about the $165 million paid out in bonuses by AIG seems to be totally unaware that we are expending 75 times that amount (roughly $12 billion dollars) monthly on the Iraq war while in the midst of a recession.

Perhaps it is time for an accounting of exactly what the American public has received for the 1 trillion of their tax dollars that have been expended on Bush's fixation that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.

It seems obvious in our hour of financial crisis that we do not have the luxury of trying to democratize an Iraqi nation that has been fractured by ongoing sectarian strife for the past two 2,000 years. That a nation still adhering to the Islamic principle that women are nothing more than child-bearing property can be democratized is totally absurd. — Bob Warren, Central Point

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