LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

If the 13-story communication tower isn't in your backyard you are fortunate; however, if you live near any city-owned properties, be very cautious, the city can make developments to their properties and they do not have to abide by the same building and code process as the rest of us. The Medford Police Department has erected the 130-foot tower on Water Commission property. The neighborhood is zoned SFR4 with a residential height limit of 35 feet.

I am lucky not to have it in my backyard; however, what the city has done is not just unfair to those poor residents who do, it is unfair to all citizens.

I encourage you to drive by the homes near this tower and see for yourself the impact it has made on our neighborhoods. Read the Mail Tribune's editorial published on Jan. 6 for an excellent overview of this unsightly 13-story structure, and then support your community and neighbors by contacting your City Council members and asking them why they approved it.

I urge you to attend an important council meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb.17. What happens with this tower may set a precedent for future projects in Medford. — Angie McLemore, Medford

I loved your "Toons in the news" cartoon in Saturday's paper (Jan. 22). It was reminiscent of the old Abbot and Costello routine, "Who's on First." — Marilyn Huntsman, Central Point

In 1971, the New York Times published a top secret study prepared by the Department of Defense, officially titled "United States — Vietnam Relations, 1945-1967," leaked by a man named Daniel Ellsberg, and known to us now as the Pentagon Papers. While the government wanted to punish Ellsberg, the NY Times observed that the document demonstrated, among other things, that the government had systematically lied, not only to the public, but to Congress in order to pursue war with Vietnam. Therefore, exposing crime is not a crime.

Recently a young soldier, Pfc. Bradley Manning, was imprisoned for leaking to the Internet classified reports and cables documenting, among other things, war crimes being committed by U.S. troops and secret State Department deals to thwart justice. The former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Peter Pace, contended that "It is the absolute responsibility of everybody in uniform to disobey an order that is illegal or immoral and to make such orders known." Former economist under President Reagan, Paul Craig Roberts, adds that if Manning is the source of these leaks, he is "wrongfully imprisoned for meeting his military responsibility." Manning should be released immediately, and rewarded for his service. — Linda Smith, Rogue River

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