Amid so much gloomy news, the signing of the bill that finally secures the Soda Mountain Wilderness for us in Southern Oregon was a real cause for celebration!

Just thinking about it makes me happy. Bouquets to our Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and to our Rep. Greg Walden for this gift to us and our grandchildren! — Harriett Rex Smith, Ashland

Regarding Ron Anglin's piece, "The Science of Oregon cougar management", Sunday, March 22:

Perhaps the most important lesson is that we should question the managerial judgement of a species that, because of the scale of its own civilization and spread of its population, has effectively turned its wildlands into "managed" zoos, where its keystone denizens would otherwise go extinct, and maybe, ultimately, take us with them.

My thanks to the Anglins of the world, but what a shame their work is necessary. — Gary R. Collins, Jacksonville

Why are diesel fuel prices in the Rogue Valley so much higher than regular gas when it costs less to refine diesel fuel?

We just returned from a trip to Reno, Nev., by way of Red Bluff and Chico, Calif., and returned through Susanville, Calif. We saw diesel prices 5 to 10 cents cheaper than regular gas! That would be normal as expected.

Would anyone, especially our local petroleum distributors, care to comment on this? As the owner of a diesel truck I am thoroughly sick of being ripped off! — Dave Wilson, Jacksonville

Anna Maria Creekside very graciously hosted over 140 "Food & Friends" volunteers recently at its annual recognition luncheon.

The food was delicious, the staff couldn't have been more helpful and the volunteers all left smiling.

Thank you, Anna Maria, for a wonderful afternoon for a most deserving group. — Edith Tavalero, Medford

Just wondering about the I-5 rebuild project ad that appeared on the lower right hand corner of Wednesday's front page.

It doesn't make sense for either the state or the Mail Tribune to encourage or condone being active on Facebook while driving. We are hoping for an accident-free rebuild, no? — Amanda Altstadt, Medford

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