A water park won't pay for itself. Add high admission and a short season, I doubt the taxpayers of Medford will vote to tax themselves for such a limited facility.

The city would be better served by replacing the pools we already have with larger, modern facilities. I would also ask the Parks Commission what happened to the other parks that were supposed to be opened around our fair city? — V. Handel, Medford

The thinking behind this concealed gun permit being given to a known drug user makes about as much sense as giving a gun permit, concealed or open sight, to a drinking drunk! — Robert Burnett, Talent

Just a heads-up to the property owners.

If you have property that has a tree in the city right of way, you cannot maintain that tree. If the city decides to remove the tree, you will pay the cost to remove it.

If you have contractors bid the work for the tree removal, any one of the contractors can perform the work without a contract or proper permits. If this happens, and you refuse to pay because they didn't do the job you wanted done, they can sue you. If the judge determines that you benefitted from the un-contracted, incomplete and wasteful work, you will pay the cost to Joe wood butcher.

If you go to small claims court armed with documentation, pictures and an outline of what you want to say, the judge will tell you that if you read from your notes, he will disregard your testimony. If the judge is blind, it doesn't matter that he cannot see the evidence presented.

The usable lumber was chipped and sent to the landfill, and we received a token credit for that outrageous waste. So the bottom line is, we paid the cost. — Raymond Frey, Medford

When whom congressional party members will sit with during a presidential State of the Union address becomes so important it is front-page news, there is no doubt why our nation is in such a mess.

The pettiness displayed throughout the years between party members is the same pettiness one sees in elementary schoolyards. My impression is the nation is being run by a bunch of spoiled-rotten children.

It's time for elected officials who will make the tough decisions necessary for running and maintaining a free, economically viable and secure nation. It's time for elected officials who will support, defend and follow the guidelines and protections as set forth in the U.S. and state constitutions.

It's time for adult leaders who can operate the national house on a budget designed on existing income, not like spoiled-rotten children with a credit card turned loose in a candy store. It's time for elected officials who are willing to "form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity."

Who and where are such adult leaders? — Randall Hale, Medford

I could not believe it when I read the article about the person who decided to put his hand in a vehicle to pet a dog and then allegedly got nipped by that dog.

Who did that person think he was? Then the person went and got a BB gun and shot the dog, was arrested and wants to fight the charges?

I hope he does fight the charges because I will be the first person in line to volunteer to sit on the jury to convict this individual to the fullest extent that the law will allow. If you noticed, I did not say he was a man; a man would not have done what he did to that poor defenseless creature.

I hope that the owner of the dog turns around and sues him for damages. I pray that Etta and her owner get some justice, and may she recover so she can continue to have the wonderful life that she had before this horrific and malicious shooting was done to her. — Donni Borchard, Medford

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