George Will got it right. Of course a public health insurance plan is likely to become a single-payer system — as soon as the American people, one household at a time, choose to enroll in a public insurance plan and scrap their for-profit insurance that's been gouging them for years. All this will take time and will allow efficient private health-insurance companies to retool their cadillac plans. It's called democracy at work. — Nan Trout, Ashland

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease — Google "CJD Foundation" for more information — has no treatment or cure. It strikes only one in a million persons annually, invariably causing death in less than a year.

In a sad bit of irony, it struck this community's Dave Marston this year. The irony is that everyone who has encountered Dave and his music knows that he is one in a million.

Eventually the medical scientists may conquer this disease, but Dave's love and spirit will never be conquered. The over 1,000 attendees who were part of the outpouring of love and joy at this weekend's benefit concerts for Dave and his family know his love and spirit will be part of the heritage of Southern Oregon, carried on by his family, friends, colleagues and countless generations to come! You can help by sending donations to the Dave Marston & Family Fund, c/o Rogue Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 4550, Medford, OR 97501. Make checks out to "Dave Marston & Family Fund." — Roy Sutton, Ashland

Priorities? Where are they? On the June 7 front page was a story detailing "Three Rogue Columns" for Medford City Hall. The Colorado artist called it "existential."

As the "artist" he can tell us whatever he wants us to believe it is, with $47,700 of our money in his pocket. (Did this figure include the placement of the statue, unveiling ceremony and other incidentals incurred for its permanent place, or were there additional costs incurred?)

How can this "piece of work" be justified by anyone in our city or county when education standards in local schools are staggering? We have lost jobs, hunger, the homeless, foreclosures, with all supportive aid to local agencies cut to the bone and left without the ability to serve all who so desperately need help.

What a slap in the face to all the people in our area to know that money is available for total nonsense but not to fund the existence of daily life that we should all be entitled to. Shame on all of you who commissioned this project and with so much pride. You are all "a real piece of work"! — Bev Cox, Central Point

Please drop Mr. Pitts' column. Monday's version was disgusting. The Republican party is not the party of racism, it is the party of opportunity for all Americans! — Neal Smith, Jacksonville

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