The Oregon Constitution, Article 1, Section 8 makes no mention that holding up a cardboard sign begging for money constitutes a form of freedom of speech. The citizens of Medford want an ordinance passed that will stick, regardless of what a small minority want.

Those who stand by the roadside are usually transients just passing through and are in need of a little extra cash for drugs, liquor, miscellaneous. So they stand by the roadside holding up a cardboard sign begging for just that.

The interpretation of the First Amendment that holding up a cardboard sign is a form of freedom of speech or expression, regardless of how it is seen or interpreted, is not how the freedom of speech was written by our forefathers.

It is obvious to me that when this was written our forefathers did not have this in mind or they would have written it in at the time the Constitution was written. Therefore when this ordinance is reviewed by whatever judge it is assigned to, I suggest he not regard this ordinance as a convoluted issue, or not well-written. If it is, then the person reviewing this has to be leaning in a very left position. — Jim Runels, Medford

Many empathetic Americans are contemplating this current abyss regarding immigration. I would like to add my biased opinion.

Let's pretend there are 3 million, not 12 to 20 million. Let's pretend the president will not sign a law giving citizenship to them without real reform.

Let's pretend a couple of senators step forward and draft legislation to do just this. We will refer to them as Simpson and Mazzoli.

They put together reform that gives citizenship to all that currently reside in America. But only if first the U.S. borders are secure to stop any additional influx of people and a hefty fine will be levied on any employer who hires an undocumented worker. Case closed; the president at that time, against his own will, agrees and signs the legislation into law to settle the matter once and for all.

Fast forward from 1986 to 2010 and we are at the therefore mentioned debate on a closed subject. "comprehensive immigration reform," pleeeeeease! give me a break. Rewriting the law at this date is capitulating to a threat from a group with no merit, grounds or moral strength. Simpson-Mazzoli is the law,; enforce it, damn it. — Brad Martinkovich, Medford

An article appeared in the Mail Tribune dated June 23, entitled "A deadly start" in regard to horse racing.

That week at the Grants Pass Downs racetrack three horses were fatally injured and euthanized. Two years prior some six horses also died at that track. So the track surface was replaced; however, here again now tragedy has struck again with the three horses dying this year.

The Grants Pass track is a short bull-ring track — too dangerous for racing horses. Horses must take corners too fast and hard, causing them to misstep and contract serious injuries. This track is inadequate and dangerous to the lives of these intelligent, very fragile, majestic creatures. Close the track now.

Horse racing generally is a cruel sport, driven by greed, placing bets for money and human excitement. This is all done for humans' entertainment, disregarding the horrendous stresses, abuses and injuries put upon these racing horses' lives.

Horse racing needs to be stopped altogether, however the focus today needs to be on closing the local track called Grants Pass Downs. — Nina Council, Ashland

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