Now that our highly esteemed Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that it's OK to give concealed handgun licenses to marijuana users, what's next?

Give concealed handgun licenses to meth and cocaine addicts? — Richard Cody, Applegate

I really need to pass on to you what happened to my husband and me this last Monday, May 16.

It was in the afternoon that he and I stopped by at one of Medford's restaurants. After our meal my husband asked for the bill and was told that it had been paid. We have no idea who she is but a young lady showed us love and kindness that day.

My husband and I are in our golden years and now we are sure that such caring still abounds in this world. — Jim and Joan Wooldridge, Brookings

Medicare should not be cut, especially indirectly through spending caps.

Republicans have done nothing to ensure that insurance rates would be kept affordable and that the coverage would be reasonably adequate. Before "Obamacare" they did everything they could to oppose such action.

It is also true that shareholders for these insurance companies will always take precedence, everything else being equal. One should read the book by T.R. Reid, titled "The Healing of America," in which he spent five years learning about other health care systems that provide effective, fair and affordable coverage for other populations with far better outcomes both financially and healthwise.

Unchecked health care costs undermine the functioning of this economy and politicians need to grow a spinal cord and deal with them. I work with clients who desperately want to work but cannot do so because they are unable to get adequate health care coverage so that rehabilitation services can be provided. This is truly immoral, absurd and counterproductive to say the least.

It will take real courage to buck the tide and do what is humane and right. I hope to see some politicians (all parties) do this. — Chuck Rhine, Medford

John Thiry, a name that will live in infamy along with the Berkeley-esque judge that let him walk. It would appear that Thiry would cost the taxpayers less being incarcerated than walking the streets, continually getting into trouble.

Tears of sadness came to my eyes after the fire when I saw all the burned homes and especially the poor, melted beam antenna that belonged to a fellow ham radio operator.

Tears of joy recently came recently because of the rebuilding including a new ham radio tower. — Michael Hennig, Grenada, Calif.

Sustainable Valley would like to thank all the business and community leaders who joined us for the recent grand opening of the Sustainable Valley Business Accelerator, the Rogue Valley's first business incubator!

It was a great opportunity to introduce the community to the services we offer to help startup businesses succeed, and to explain our plan to create more than 350 new family-wage jobs. While we were all learning a lot, our client, Cascade Peak Spirits, kept everyone smiling with Organic Nation "Bees Knees" cocktails!

We are particularly thankful to U.S. Bank for providing our office space rent-free; to Lithia Motors for donating office furniture and cubes; and to Jackson County for providing our initial seed funding last summer. Thanks also to all of our volunteers, particularly Daniel Flood and Chris Cook Florence. — Jeff Allen, interim executive director, Sustainable Valley Technology Group, Medford

According to Mike Faught, Ashland public works director, himself a dedicated bicyclist, this plan is "only a test." The purpose of reducing four lanes to two is to slow traffic and make the street more "friendly" to bicyclists and pedestrians.

This begs reality as the test has been delayed until next fall so as not to disrupt traffic during the peak tourist season. Present lane reduction on North Main because of bridge construction caused mid-day backups of up to two blocks.

Mr. Faught states that safety will improve as there have been 114 accidents on the street over 10 years. However, no data has been presented to indicate the percentage of these 114 vehicles versus the actual number of vehicles traveling the street over 10 years; 114 is regrettable but surely negligible.

Mr. Faught states that the reduced lanes will encourage bicycle traffic and pedestrians. The present usage by bicycles is presently negligible, there are already existing sidewalks for pedestrians and there has been no public outcry for change. This "test" is a social experiment that will cause traffic backups and inconvenience the majority of motorists using the street.

Except for an unenforceable low speed limit, North Main Street ain't broke, so don't fix it. — Donald Stone, Ashland

I read Sen. Jason Atkinson's opinion regarding increasing the I-5 corridor speed limit to 70 mph. I honestly don't know what this man is thinking.

He says it is for the sake of commerce. Does it make much difference if a truck arrives from Medford to Portland an hour later? Does speed of commerce override safety and fuel efficiency?

He stated also that other states have faster speed limits on the interstate than we do. Do they have higher accident rates? Yes. Does the state of Oregon need to be a follower rather than a leader?

Oregon has a speed limit of 65, which maybe 50 percent of the motorists follow. The other percent are going 70 or more. Most state troopers allow 5 mph allowance for autos and trucks.

What happens if the speed limit is raised to 70 mph? What happens to the miles per gallon?

Both AAA and Consumer Reports show as much as 20 percent less fuel efficiency from 60 mph to 70-plus mph. That's more dangerous accidents, more pollution, and energy waste by SUVs, commercial trucks and autos.

I wonder how this senator ever got elected? — Louis Junghans, Phoenix

On Saturday, May 14, I put my bag of food for the post office food drive out on my mail box. I live on Gardendale Avenue.

I had to go to Fred Meyer. I was gone about an hour.

When I came home, my bag of food was gone. All the other bags along our road were still there.

To say I was upset that someone would steal food for the poor is putting it lightly. I only hope whoever took it really needed it. Shame on you if you didn't! — Kathy Higday, Medford

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