Regarding speeding on Holly Street, I lived for 35 years in this section of town, on 11th Street.

It's just a short distance from Oakdale to Hamilton — but morning to night, some cars, even big trucks, speed down like it has no limit on speed, 25 miles an hour. One time I complained and got a little mobile that tells the speeds of cars, so all they did was slow until they passed. I put signs on my fence (25 mph) and they were pulled down.

Schools starts in a short time and Washington Elementary is two blocks away. Good luck. — Jean Albertson, Medford

I want to thank the Barnett Road Dairy Queen. With all the construction going on it has really hurt the Barnett Road Dairy Queen's business, their parking lot is empty.

My husband is a part of that construction and has been impressed with the courtesy and patience they have shown the workers. They offer them free drinks which has been a welcome blessing with the heat that has accompanied the construction. I hope people are aware that they are open for business and will stop in and get their Blizzard or Peanut Buster Parfait. Again big kudos and thank you to the Barnett Road Dairy Queen. — Connie Gartin, White City

We applaud Congressman Greg Walden's efforts to improve access to health care for rural Oregonians through the Critical Access Flexibility Act of 2009 and the Health Care Access and Rural Equity Act of 2007. We urge him to work toward comprehensive reform of America's health-care system as embodied in America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (HR 3200).

Congress must rein in the abuses of the insurance, hospital, medical supply and pharmaceutical industries that have given us the most expensive health-care system in the world, but, dollars for results, the least effective. It is unacceptable that this nation, that has the world's best medical technology, has tens of millions of uninsured and under-insured children and adults who cannot access it. The resulting poor health and the extraordinary costs of our existing health-care system have substantial negative consequences throughout our economy.

We realize that Congressman Walden will be under intense political and industry pressure to let reform fail. But, this crisis will not go away by ignoring it and will worsen over time. Now is the time to take action. We hope we can count on the same good-faith cooperation with his colleagues we have seen from him before. — John and Shirley Severance, Medford

I sometimes walk in the Odd Fellows cemetery off of Siskiyou. Here are some of the things I have been seeing.

The posts on either end of the cemetery have been painted by Eagle Scouts. Tombstones have been repaired and replaced, star thistle is being removed and graves cleaned, wildflowers have been planted in several places and a neighbor has planted flowers on the cemetery side of the fence.

How about that! Thank you! — Nora Henry, Medford

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