Sometime on the night of Feb. 7, someone keyed my Jeep. I called the Sheriff's Department to report this incident.
I knew not much could be done, but asked for drive-bys to keep our neighborhood more secure. I feel very violated. To the perpetrators, I wish you karma.
At any rate, I was told by dispatch that a deputy would call me back. I received the first call only five minutes later. I was told I would receive a call soon, as she was going off shift. Only four minutes later, another deputy called me and took the report. He was personable, professional and thorough. I received a case number. Then about an hour later another deputy called me to make sure a report was made. Talk about being thorough!
Kudos to Mike Winters. I appreciate the way you run a "tight ship." Thanks you so very much. I feel safer already! — M. English, Central Point
Congressman Greg Walden has the right idea. The Siskiyou Monument or any state lands should not be expanded or put off-limits for development by merely a stroke of the pen by executive fiat. That is not in keeping with the principles of our Constitution or the 10th Amendment, which makes the states king of the jungle.
Walden has a bill to help stop the thousands of acres in federal confiscation of land (Siskiyou Monument) and believes the executive branch has overstepped its authority.
Remember the sagebrush rebellion in the 1980s? That was all about the states reclaiming lands that were under federal control. In some states like Alaska, the federal government owns a whopping 94 percent of their land mass! That means the states or the citizens of those states must obtain permission from the feds to use or develop said lands.
Our Rock of Gibraltar Constitution is crumbling before our very eyes. Pretty soon our presidents will appoint Supreme Court justices who totally disregard its intent, like FDR, wow! This must be going on for a long time. We must study, then act, or the very land our forefathers bled and died for will be owned by the kings they fought. — Joel Marks, Medford
The reason Jackson County and the developer dropped the permit for a home site in Givan Park without even a hearing, as reported by Mark Freeman on Feb. 15, was not only because of appeals by outraged neighbors. It seemed to be a flagrant end-run and someone got caught with his hand in the cookie jar.
The official notification for a land-use permit somehow did not mention a land trade or other critical details, such as trading 38 acres for 14 acres and the county putting in the road for the developer to have access. All done as quietly as possible. That is how egregious this action was.
The county's position is they want to develop Givan Park, upriver from TouVelle, by getting all their parcels contiguous. However, the Rogue River is better served by keeping Givan Park an open green space and a special habitat for plants and animals. Besides, there may be more than meets the eye regarding this parcel trade. Working in the shadows does not serve the people of the community correctly, and so far, the county's actions have been sinister. — Cal Mason, White City
Oh dear, the economy has been wrecked by the greedy rich, who have been bailed out by the taxpayers. Whew! Now we have millions of formerly middle-class taxpayers unemployed for years. What to do?
The Republicans have the answer! Fire millions of middle-class taxpayers (police, firefighters, teachers, nurses, etc.) so they can collect unemployment insurance and compete with the already unemployed for the trickle of jobs that might someday appear. Welfare for the rich is OK, but the working classes can go eat dirt. As usual. — Peter Nemzek, Ashland
"The King's Speech" is nominated for 12 awards. It depicts the trials, challenges and personality of King George VI perfectly.
It's a movie that our young people need to see, and yet it is rated R. There are a few seconds of explicit language that are used in PG-rated movies currently playing at Tinseltown — go figure. Please don't let the R rating stop you from seeing this monumentally well-made film. — Lorna Erskine, Jacksonville
Your attention is invited to page 3B of the Feb. 16 MT. What a dichotomy! First, the editorial, "Ban the Bag" — then the last letter to the editor, "Thanks for Diaper Drive Support."
First of all, there would have to be a demand for them, but cloth diapers could and should be used, washed every day, and hung out on the clothesline, if available — if not, then dried in the dryer. But this would certainly cut down on the plastic being dumped in the landfills and save money in the process. I know; I did it when my child was a baby. — Mary Engelson, Medford
Regarding the Feb. 13 front-page story "Food for the Soul": Thank you, Mail Tribune, for your excellent coverage and wonderful support of The Medford Food Project!
The 8,000-plus pounds of food collected that Saturday was fairly divided among 20 food distributors in our area. The Food Pantry at Westminster Presbyterian Church is one of the grateful recipients of that food. We feel blessed to be part of this exciting, city-wide effort to reduce hunger in our community!
And "Food for the Soul" is what really matters. When we hand out bags of groceries at our Tuesday morning Food Pantry, we graciously offer food that feeds the body to a person in need. When we offer a cup of coffee to that individual, call him or her by name, give that person a Bible, and invite him or her to church — then, we are truly feeding the soul.
As it says in The Gospel of John, "Jesus declared, 'I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." For me, offering true soul food has eternal consequences. — Lori Olson, Medford
While walking at the Rogue Valley Mall in the mornings I have been admiring the artwork featuring students from schools throughout the Rogue Valley. The exhibits have been carefully installed by the Delta Kappa Gamma Society and are changed every two weeks.
Special thanks to the hard-working teachers and talented students who have chosen to share their creativity with the community. My only suggestion would be to make sure that each piece of work is labeled with the student's name, grade, teacher and school.
Thank you to the Rogue Valley Mall for making space for these wonderful exhibits and for providing me with a warm, dry place to walk early in the morning. — Sue Harrison, Medford