Once upon a time, there was an overlord who controlled, by gifts of wealth, many areas of his vast holdings. The villagers in the kingdom of Jackson decided that they did not want to be controlled and knew the overlord was going to one day take his wealth away and not help the kingdom anymore.

Wise were the leaders of the kingdom then. They decided to save so they would be prepared for when the overlord would abandon them, and so they did for many years.

When it became known that the overlord was to abandon them soon, the new leaders of the kingdom of Jackson decided they would take a large portion of the wealth they had, spending it on holdings and trappings rather than keep the savings where they belonged. The pleas of the villagers fell on deaf ears. Now the villagers were going to lose much and not be able to help the poor, protect property from fire or protect the villagers from acts of violence soon.

The villagers, when they saw the leaders' dastardly deed, removed the leaders from the position of trust they held, forever. But alas, the damage was done. The villagers then suffered. — Scott A. Henselman, Medford

In the "Mail Tribune 100" of April 19, 1911: "United States Judge C.E. Wolverton announced from the bench today that he would make public his decision in the famous Oregon and California land grant suit on April 24."

"The government is attempting to recover from the Oregon & California Railroad, now the Southern Pacific, 2,500,000 acres of timber, fruit and agricultural land in western and southern Oregon. The land was given to the railroad by Congress with a provision that it be sold in small tracts to settlers for not more than $2.50 per acre. It is explained that the company violated its agreement ... ."

We know the decision went against the railroad because today the BLM administers the "O&C lands" (Oregon & California). The full story is rather extensive and is continuing yet today. Our region would be rather different had the original intent been fulfilled. — Ed Danehy, Central Point

I agree with Fred Johannsen Sr. of Medford who says we will have a higher standard of living if we have more law-abiding and honest millionaires. But I also believe we will have a lower standard of living if we have more unlawful and dishonest millionaires.

So what kind of millionaires do we have? Well, there is no doubt that the standard of living of the middle class has been stagnant for, say, the past 20 years or so. Therefore, we must have about as many bad ones as good ones — millionaires, that is.

Instead of more millionaires, I say what we need is more plain, honest and law-abiding people and a whole lot fewer millionaires. — Arthur Smith, Shady Cove

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