I was offended by the free fishing article. What does Mark Freeman have against a great Southern Oregon pastime of fishing?

His article implies that fisherman are rednecks that do not amount to anything. Nothing is wrong with the "good-ol'-boy," blue-collar worker that loves to fish.

He seems to not acknowledge the physicians, lawyers and other full-functioning, full-time working people like myself who also love the sport of fishing! I happen to work a full-time-plus job, I am a wife, a mother and still find time to volunteer in the community. I love to fish.

His article should have read — teach a man to fish — they can feed their family, enjoy the beautiful outdoors, spend quality time with loved ones, get kids away from the garbage on TV and the Internet, have fun out in our beautiful Southern Oregon. So I really hope that many families took advantage of the free fishing weekend and got out with family and friends and possibly had a great time watching some people catch their first fish I happen to have been with a couple of kids a few weeks ago who caught their first fish, it was priceless! Fish on Southern Oregon! — Susie White, Medford

Regarding Regional Problem Solving, it's a "no brainer" that countywide decision makers should make every effort to preserve what's left of our best farmland.

But they seem on the verge of approving a long-term plan perpetuating the same mindless incursion into farmland allowed by two generations of errant decision-makers pushed by an unimaginative, wasteful development community. The RPS plan ignores the dictate of Senate Bill 1059 regarding energy conservation by cities, and that of several state land-use goals, but legally it will not be allowed to.

Ultimately, state goals of infilling and conserving energy will not prove to be "subjective"; they will be binding. State policies changed once density targets were set 10 years ago. Decision-makers must conform with realities and increase target densities. They will not succeed in bucking the need for a more international view on energy and resource use and urban design. Revisions will not give us "too many rats in a box" densities nor even one-third of San Francisco's density, but targeting 5,000 people per square mile in Medford and 4,000 people per square mile in other cities will save much farmland, and it will get the RPS plan approved. — Brent Thompson, Phoenix, president of Friends of Jackson County

This is a personal invitation to R. Andy Anderson of Phoenix to come to Eagle Point on the Fourth of July.

The day begins with a "fun run." Our awesome parade starts at 11 a.m. After the parade, Main Street is filled with dozens of vendor booths, a dime toss, even a dragon for the kids to play on, skydiver bingo by the Lions Club and in the evening a spectacular fireworks show at the high school that is hard to beat. Please come. — Suzi Collins, parade director, Fourth of July Committee, Eagle Point

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