In response to Lindsay Paulk of White City (Sept. 14): Don't be so sure. Has he never heard of a one-term president? — Richard Cody, Applegate

Concerning Robin Turgesen's guest opinion, "Where is the father?" (Sept. 13): Proverbs 18:17 says, "The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him."

So let me ask a few questions: Why doesn't the mother know the location of the father? Is it because she's had different sex partners, so it's difficult to say? Or, does she know where he is but wouldn't dream of marrying him? Or, did she just want a donor so she could raise a child by herself (because she believes the lie that women are the only real parents)?

What does she normally wear (or rather, not wear)? Does she dress like many young women of today where little is left to the imagination? Women have no way of knowing how much that affects men, but it's obvious they know it does or they wouldn't dress like that.

Oh, and why wasn't she on the pill? That method doesn't take away much of the reason for having sex, as do condoms.

Ms. Turgesen's academic achievements aren't impressive when her bias is so obvious. The fact is there is too much sexual irresponsibility by both men and women. — Hartley Anderson, Medford

Just my opinion, but the people who are voting no on your online poll don't seem to realize the revenue a water park can generate for the city. Families here have been known to go down to Redding and contribute to the city of Redding's revenue, so why not keep it here, plus bring in other families from out of the area? — JoAnn Lund, Jacksonville

Kudos to Coach Charlie Hall, and shame on the school board for not trying to help the kids under their care.

I think it should be a mandatory given that if you want to play sports of any kind that you should be drug-free. Just having them sign a paper saying they won't do drugs is unrealistic to curb this problem.

This is another big problem that just got swept under the carpet because people are afraid to see it for what it is and think that their kids aren't doing this. Well, they need to wake up and see it for what it is, and guess what: Your kids are doing this and maybe more. Do it now and help make a difference for your future and the future of your kids. — Jody Metcalf, Eagle River, Alaska

In response to Lindsey Paulk and others:

1. The president is elected for four years — the next four are not guaranteed.

2. We are over Obama and we are over all the Democrats, GOP and independents working for their personal interests and special interest groups.

3. The House has been controlled by Democrats since the election in 2006. They have had plenty of time to do something.

4. Conservatives as well as liberals are all entitled to be angry. Our so-called leaders do not represent us. Their only concern is to be re-elected to continue to reap the personal benefits. They will continue to fool you as long as you allow it.

5. Talk about a "war of wits" — many liberals actually believe that the jet contrails in the sky are evil sprays from a government conspiracy. Conservatives find it difficult to reason with half-wits. — Vicki Hunt, Medford

We might consider, when the doctor advises us as to a remedy, how we accept our doctor's opinion.

Just as we do not condemn the physician who heals us, I believe we ought to embrace and accept wholeheartedly every remedy our elected, well-informed and well-educated president and his advisors prescribe. — Patti Morey, Ashland

Pregnancy is not a disease. In almost all cases, pregnancy in no way endangers a woman. Pregnancy is perfectly healthy, natural and beautiful.

Therefore, abortion is not health care. It cures nothing. Abortion's purpose is not to save but to destroy. It destroys the health of the unborn baby by killing him or her.

All plans, such as the ones going through Congress, which include paying for abortion are not "health care." They're death "care," murder "care," and federally subsidized human rights atrocities.

Obama claims, again and again, that abortion won't be covered. But Obama's speeches don't matter. It's the legislation that matters. And that legislation specifically authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services to commit murder "care." — Kathy Watson, Medford

As gold prices rise, rogue miners are increasingly treating public lands like private compounds, with tragic results.

Last year a miner on the Siskiyou National Forest shot a four-wheel-drive enthusiast for driving on public roads near his camp.

This year miners are illegally tearing up critical salmon habitat in the Sucker Creek Watershed.

Out-of-control mining is threatening the safety and health of our public forests. — George Sexton, Ashland

Judging by their actions, tea-baggers and town-hall screamers approached the health-care debate with the sincerity of the Japanese diplomats who went to Washington, D.C., on Dec. 7, 1941, to discuss peace. Health-care reform has become another opportunity to attack America's first African American president, with the ultimate goal of destroying him.

"Death to Obama" and "Death to Michelle and her two stupid kids" read the sign outside a town hall meeting in Maryland. In New Jersey, a woman in a wheelchair was ridiculed and taunted. In California, a self-described "right-wing terrorist" offered to lead an armed band of like-minded thinkers in a march on Washington, D.C. Here at home, a letter to the Mail Tribune (Sept. 1) invoked the memory of Louis XIV, petitioned God (in that order) and asked readers to "stand up and be counted against" the president. These are not the arguments of an informed opposition, these are the hysterical ranting of people persuaded by Limbaugh and Faux News that "their" world ended when Obama was elected.

For tea-baggers and fellow travelers, a black man in the White House is more traumatic than the events of Sept. 11, 2001. — Bill Sherwood, Phoenix

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