The 5/19 MT printed the L.A Times editorial titled "Putting a hold on debate." It culminated with a generic exhortation for Congress to abolish secret holds, but not before clearly portraying Republicans as obstructionists — again. Methinks that parallel statistics from the Bush administration could be quite revealing.

To its peril, the MT continues to overlook the fact that readers are hungry for comprehensive/inclusive reporting ... not literary Photoshop. — Bob Calhoun, Eagle Point

On May 20, the AP article "Congress apologizes to tribes" should have been a front-page headline. What good news, and it was on page 3A. Many probably missed it.

Our American Indian friends need to know that the country's leaders from both houses of Congress, signed by President Barack Obama, passed a resolution apologizing for "ill-conceived policies" and acts of violence against American Indians by the U.S. government! The recent election results, a grand jury decision, and the oil disaster cannot be more important or attention-getting than this healing apology.

Both Canada and Australia have apologized to their native peoples. Now our government has faced its mistakes, aka genocide! Thank you to Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., for pushing for this resolution since 2004.

Come on, America, let's have a day set aside to honor American Indians and celebrate the fact that they are still here, like Ashland's welcoming statue so beautifully commemorates! — Sally McKirgan, Ashland

To all of you who swallowed the "Kool-Aid" and supported measures 66 and 67 because they would end the deficit and ensure no more school cuts — what happened? Did "they" lie to you? The rest of us knew that "the powers that be" didn't have a clue how to balance the budget but "they" convinced you. Who are you going to tax now? Certainly not you "… someone else "… again. What a joke! — P. Moran, Medford

Every year in America, an estimated 800,000 children are reported missing, 2,000 each day. May 25 has been observed as National Missing Children's Day since it was first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. It is a day to remember those children who are missing, those children who have been found, and those children who will not be coming home.

It is also a day to commend law enforcement agencies who have worked toward safely bringing missing children home. As a parent who experienced having a missing son in 1999, I would like to take this opportunity to publicly applaud with thankfulness the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

A missing child can happen anywhere, to any family, to any community. National trainings on the multiple, complex issues of missing children have been taken by Sheriff Winters and all deputies in the detective division. They have implemented policies and procedures on responding to a missing child modeled on the Presidential DNA Initiative. The Jackson County Sheriff's Department committed to and has become a model example of a law enforcement agency's response to a missing child. I will be forever grateful.

Look at missing children posters, you may save a child's life. — Vicki Kelly, mother of Tommy Kelly (1981-1999), Phoenix

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