In response to the Nov. 19 editorial: It appears that David Tourzan is teaching students how to break the law (one he doesn't agree with). If I had a student in his class I would pull that student out quicker than you can say "wade in the creek, forget the signs."

His proposal for more signs on how to wade, etc., are ridiculous. The old law of "do not do it" is best. People are people; they don't need an activist to show them how, but children are so vulnerable and need adults to look up to. Is he one?

He should apologize to children and their parents for a stance that does not belong in any classroom. I'm surprised the judge had a problem deciding what penalty he should have. If you've raised children you wouldn't. — Mary L. Koontz, Medford

I recently got a free flu shot from Valley Immediate Care on Delta Waters Road, and just wanted to say thank you.

I had cancer four years ago and was told that I needed to have a flu shot every year, but I have been unemployed for almost two years and do not have any health insurance so I skipped getting one last year. I was trying to figure out how to get one this year when I heard the news story on TV. I think this is a wonderful thing that Valley Immediate Care did for people like me. I'm forever grateful.— N. Combs, Eagle Point

I am growing tired of reading reader reaction posts by Raymond Smith after every liberal letter, claiming "socialism."

If Smith is going to play fast and loose with American ideals, then by his own standards, Republicans are fascists. Fascists meaning corporatists.

If we are going to allow Smith's definition of our own president as "socialist," then the fascist handing out of corporate tobacco money on the House floor by John Boehner must be a given. — Thomas Beatty, Central Point

In Oregon, the actual percentage of ballots returned by each party is reported daily before election day, even though all states refrain from releasing election results until the polls close. The bar codes on our signed envelopes let the clerks office know our party affiliation.

I would like our lawmakers to write legislation that prohibits releasing this information before the polls close. If such legislation is not passed before our next election, I will be waiting until election day to return my ballot. — Sharon Keppler, Eagle Point

Sure, it's tempting to lash out at people who disagree with you, but how about dialing it back a little bit when you write letters to the editor?

People don't disagree with you because they are ignorant or evil. They disagree because different life experiences — even different genetic codes — cause people to have different views. If you want to change opinions, state your position cogently, present the facts that back it up, and leave it at that. — Pat Berglund, Medford

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