LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Fellow citizens, your generosity and kindness overwhelms us every year. This year was no exception. Thanks to all of you, the food drive collected 10,361 pounds of food and $58,735 in cash. This will provide the community with 293,675 meals, enough to feed the whole population of Talent for two weeks!

Special thanks to the Kimmel Foundation and Schnitzer Steel for their matching donations of $25,000 each. Your generous donations made this the best year ever. Thanks to Starbucks, who provided free chocolate for our guests. Also many thanks to the Police Department for providing traffic control for the last two days of our drive; what a tremendous help.

We hope to see you all next year. Our lights will be shining brightly. — Doug and Barbara Rush on behalf of the Greystone residents, Medford

Will Rogers has been dead since 1935, but the famous humorist/actor/writer's comments on war are still worth reading. Common sense does not have an expiration date.

"Trace any war that ever was and you will find some nation was trying to tell some other nation how to run their business."

"You know, you can be killed just as dead in an unjustified war as you can in one defending your own home."

"You can have all the advanced war methods you want, but nobody has ever invented a war that you didn't have soldiers to stop the bullets."

"We don't have any business in these (Asian) wars. Seven thousand miles is a long way to go to shoot somebody, especially if you are not right sure they need shooting, and you are not sure whether you are shooting the right side or not."

"I have a scheme for stopping war. It's this: No nation is allowed to enter a war till they have paid for the last one."

Before he invaded Iraq, George Bush should have read Will Rogers instead of listening to Dick Cheney. — Jeff Cheek, Medford

If liberals wanted to calm the rhetoric, they could do it. My perception, as a conservative, is that rotten rhetoric comes from The View and Air America, and worse from Bill Maher.

I listen to Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh for only a few minutes at a time. Too much trivia and chatter! I listen anyway, because I learn useful facts and perspectives that I miss in other sources. I listen enough to know they say nothing that most people would regard as inciting anger. What is quoted is what someone claimed that someone said that they said. Most judgment comes from those who surely have not listened for themselves, except perhaps enough to pick up something they can misquote.

Liberals sometimes call for anger. Conservatives call for calm consideration of facts. Naturally, my orientation affects my perception, as yours does.

Liberal media, including the Mail Tribune, have taken an incident unrelated to anyone's rhetoric and built it into a case for censoring conservative media. By repeating it endlessly, they make their case. Conservatives waste hours defending themselves.

If liberals value free speech, they should value it for more than themselves. — Ira Edwards, Medford

I'm sorry Debby Leavens (Jan. 25) is fed up with people criticizing Palin and company and Fox News. I think Yale Sacks was trying to make the point that these women have extreme ideas they would like to make into laws.

Obviously I don't watch Fox News programs, but I know enough about their commentators to know they play fast and loose with the truth at every opportunity. There's a huge difference between opinions and facts. I believe the commentators on the left have at least some regard for the truth.

Now Debby can be fed up with me. — Jean Strong, Medford

I would not spend one minute of my life listening to talk radio, because no matter how they sugarcoat it, it's always about hate. History shows, if you listen to hate speeches often enough, you will become a hater yourself.

The sad part is, they usually hate the messenger more than the message. They always make it personal.

Does it bother anyone that some of the worst offenders are making millions — Rush Limbaugh comes to mind — to indoctrinate you into the hate club?

Hating puts a lot of stress on your body. So instead of listening to talk radio, why don't you volunteer for a good cause. It will make you feel good. — L. Roberts, Medford

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