I want to express my opposition to the proposed "Cherry Creek" apartment complex on Spring Street.

The neighborhoods adjacent to this project consist of the Frohnmayer-Donahue Park and, for the most part, owner-occupied, single-family homes. If anyone doubts what I'm saying, they have only to stand in the park and look in any direction (north-south-east-west) and see for yourself that there are no two-story apartments visible.

There is also the issue of Berkley Hills that has the infrastructure already in place for townhouses and single dwellings. Who is going to buy or build here when there are large apartment buildings (low-income) across the street?

A two-story, 100-unit apartment complex is in direct opposition to the existing character of this area. I'd hope that the city would not destroy the value of this area or the park for the sake of a few quick dollars in some bank or developer's pocket. Our city is worth more than this. Our area is a great place to live! Don't let anyone ruin it!

As a longtime friend of both Otto and Marabel Frohnmayer, I'm sure they would be horrified at this attempt to degrade their donated park. A true insult to such great people. — H. Pringle, Medford

A May 17 MT article about changing the environmental rules for the U.S. Forest Service was accompanied by a photo of BLM forest workers in the Applegate Valley along with a caption that referred to forest supervisors.

In this area, where federally owned forest land is so important for environmental, economic and recreational purposes, it is dismaying that the Mail Tribune apparently does not recognize the difference between U.S. Forest Service lands (administered through the Department of Agriculture) and BLM forest lands (administered through the Department of Interior). Each of the two forest management agencies has a different history, a different congressional mandate, and a different organizational structure. Only the Forest Service has national forests, each divided into ranger districts. A forest supervisor heads each national forest, and a district ranger heads each USFS ranger district. The BLM is divided (confusingly) into districts, each divided into resource areas. The head of a BLM district is a district manager, and the resource areas are headed by field managers.

Now that both the BLM and the USFS are housed in the same building, it would be interesting to have a Mail Tribune article on how that commendable interagency cooperation is working out. — Connie Battaile, Ashland

Would-be president Newt Gingrich seems to be taking a lot of heat with the tea party crowd and many of the GOP in Congress.

Seems he called Paul Ryan's plan to end Medicare as we know it "Right-wing social engineering" on Meet the Press.

Think about this. Ending Medicare? Ronald Reagan himself didn't go this far when he was in the White House.

Medicare will need fixing, but not with a draconian "voucher" system as devised by Paul Ryan. People who have paid into Medicare for decades who are under 55 deserve to have a system they paid into to help them with medical bills when they reach old age.

The Ryan Plan is too radical and Newt was right the first time. — Douglas Noakes, Ashland

Neal Anderson of Jacksonville asks righteous pro-lifers to please adopt one, two or three unwanted children.

Does Mr. Anderson know that there are far more people waiting to adopt than there are children needing adoption? This is the reason why some adoptive parents (including local pro-lifers) end up choosing overseas adoption.

Here are a couple of questions for the pro-choice crowd:

How many of you have volunteered your time and money to help pregnant women secure the resources they need to give birth and become successful mothers? Has Magdalene Home or the Pregnancy Resource Center been given your volunteer time or seen any of your money? These organizations successfully address root problems that create at-risk children. Fortunately, these two local organizations have been successful in helping pregnant women because of the generosity of local pro-lifers.

How many of you assume that the best and highest use of your resources is to facilitate killing babies, thus eliminating any potential problem of that (now dead) child being unwanted or needy later in life?

Which of these two actions represents compassionate behavior and rational thought? I know what my answer is. — Helen Jones, Medford

"Ashland homeless man back in trouble" — yet again John Thiry is facing charges for his behavior.

On Aug. 24, his actions caused a fire that destroyed 11 Ashland homes. Judge Mejia found Thiry not guilty, yet Mejia said Thiry likely did start the fire, but prosecutors had not proven Thiry was aware of the risks. Police have since arrested Thiry for throwing a traffic delineator rod onto Interstate-5 and drinking beer in public. Now he has thrown rocks and yelled at two middle school girls on their way to school. One of the girls was hit twice with rocks but uninjured.

This man apparently didn't know the risks of fire. How about the risk of throwing something onto I-5 from an overpass? How about throwing rocks at humans? Mr. Thiry's actions seem to be escalating. When is enough enough?

What is the final cost going to be before action is taken to get this man needed help? More homes lost? Injuries to occupants of a passing car? Or a tragic injury to someone who has the unfortunate opportunity to encounter Mr. Thiry. I lost my house to this man and that was enough for me! — Julie Thomas, Ashland

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