Leonard Pitts could have written a meaningful column (July 22) by comparing news reporter Walter Cronkite with current news reporters, rather than choosing a similar profession. Instead, he shows his prejudice by denouncing talk show hosts. On talk shows, the hosts tell what they believe and why they believe it, often with rational thought and solid information — mixed with a lot of prattle. Modern news reporters don't admit to bias, but leave out news you will never hear without alternative media.

It was said that Cronkite didn't let personal opinion affect his reporting. However, what good came of his impartiality? As far as I know, he never elected a president. The current crop of journalists elected a president, certainly not by being impartial. — Ira Edwards, Medford

As Americans face rising unemployment and the threat of global warming, Congress must take action now to pass clean-energy legislation that will create good jobs, reduce carbon emissions and slash our dependence on oil.

However, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce opposed the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which will create millions of jobs building the clean-energy economy.

Rather than fighting important efforts like clean-energy legislation and the Employee Free Choice Act — legislation that will allow workers the choice to form a union — the Chamber of Commerce should be working to create good jobs in the clean-energy economy.

We need solutions now that create jobs, fight global warming and reduce our dependence on oil — which is why it's so important to pass comprehensive clean-energy and climate change legislation now. — Bob Labozetta, Medford

The good news is that a science story (on hydrofluorocarbons) beat out a pet story for your front page (July 21). The bad news is that the ammonium story on page three is the most inept science writing I've ever seen.

Ammonium isn't a toxin (a poison, such as snake venom, produced by an organism), it's a toxic inorganic ion, NH4. Ammonia isn't "nitrogen-rich" or "a mix of hydrogen and oxygen"; ammonia is a compound, NH3. Nor is ammonium "commonly associated with fertilizers"; ammonium is the primary ingredient.

Ammonia, a gas, can be "emitted," but ions, which exist in solution, cannot. Can't AP and your headline writers muster someone who knows even high-school chemistry? — Hunter Greer, Ashland

Our family was perplexed when my brother Mike Berry didn't want to spend his last days at home with his children and grandchildren in Norman, Okla. Diagnosed with terminal cancer, he opted to remain at the Veterans Affairs Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics in White City.

Confused, my wife, nieces, nephew, sister and I converged on the SORCC to visit my brother. We quickly learned why Mike had made his choice to remain there.

First, the towns of White City and Medford are stunning. No matter which direction you face, you are surrounded by beauty. Second, the hospital grounds must be the envy of every hospital, veterans and non-veterans alike. Third and most important is the staff. We were all impressed and moved by their courtesy, concern and professionalism. What a blessing you folks in Southern Oregon have to be gifted with these angels. Now we understand why my brother's choice was so easy.

Please, when you drive by the VA center, say a little prayer for Mike and all veterans. Also include a prayer of thanks to have these angels living in your community. What an asset. — Larry and Mae Powell, San Luis, N.M.

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