Saturday's Albany Democrat-Herald editorial questions the requirement that convicted sex offenders register with the police. Does it "serve a purpose other than making these offenders jump through additional hoops after serving their time?"
It includes other alarmingly strange (in context) statements: "These are just predatory offenders."; "... most sex offenses seem to be committed ... by people known to the victim."
Biggest word I know: Recidivism. Neighbors, classmates, coworkers can be "known" by the uninformed. — Bob Calhoun, Eagle Point
I am writing about the south corner on Gibbon Road. There have been so many wrecks from people going way too fast around the corner.
We just had another on the 16th of June where two kids flipped their little truck in my yard. By the looks of the truck, God was with them that day.
I have had two wrecks in less than a year in my yard, not counting the other neighbors' yards. Last July a guy took out my fence up front and almost my whole fence leading to my house.
What is the county going to do about this? I have lived here since 1992 and know of six car wrecks in my yard.
Are we going to wait until someone dies or a car kills one of my family members or even myself before they fix that corner? There has to be something done before something really bad happens. — Kevin Colley, Central Point
Regarding the "road diet" proposal on North Main Street in Ashland: How very refreshing it is to attend an Ashland Traffic Commission public meeting. They will sit very patiently and listen to all who wish to speak and then decide to dismiss the large majority view out of hand. Time really well spent. — Dermot O'Brien, Ashland
I am writing in response to recent letters about abortion and capital punishment.
The Catholic Church has, as a social justice teaching, the Consistent Ethic of Life (also known as the "seamless garment"). This affirms the sanctity of life from conception to natural death. This teaching opposes abortion, capital punishment and assisted suicide.
I, too, want justice. I also know that the justice system is not always just; for instance, if you're poor or a member of a minority, you have a better chance of ending up on death row. Also, as we've learned with the advent of DNA testing that innocent people end up on death row, and I think we can assume that innocent people were executed.
As for me, I prefer affirming all of life. — Linda Roan Wildmare, Medford