Dear Congress: Last year I mismanaged my funds and this year my family and I cannot decide on a budget. Until we have come to a unified decision that fits all of our needs and interests we will have to shut down our checkbook and will no longer be able to pay our taxes. I'm sure you'll understand. Thank you very much for setting an example we can follow. — J. Lehnhardt, Medford

I was just reading the article in Sunday's paper called "Taking a Dive?"

We moved here about a year ago, and my son and I very much wanted to check out the fair for a day — especially the Dock Diving Dogs! I had been watching in the paper for a schedule of fair events prior to the start of the fair. I also checked online several times. I never did find one. I talked to a friend who had the same experience.

Sadly, aside from the economy, this could have contributed to attendance being down. Not knowing what was happening when and where was disconcerting, especially being "first timers." I did not want to take a chance buying admission and then not seeing all that we hoped to see. We do hope for a comprehensive schedule for next year's fair and a much better turnout! Go Jackson County! — Sigi Brown, Medford

What was the Britt Festival Board thinking when they booked Ted Nugent in early July? He may be a great guitar player, but the man is scary. His shows and politics promote hate and an extremism that should embarrass any decent conservative.

Many lyrics to his songs cannot be printed here, but with titles like Got a Stranglehold on You, Bound and Gagged, and A Thousand Knives, they're easy to imagine. He has peppered interviews with the "N" word, has said he has "broken more hippies' noses" than anyone, and promotes a sadism towards animals.

He doesn't just promote hunting, but the violence and "thrill of the kill." Here are a couple of gems from an interview in Outdoors (July 10): When asked if he had to choose venison for his last meal on earth, how he'd prepare it, he replied —… You haven't eaten until you've tasted a freshly skinned fawn. That's some good food. The cuter the critter, the sweeter the meat."

And when asked how he'd spend his time if he had one more week to live, he said it would include "crushing liberals and destroying animal rights people." Please ask the Britt Board of Directors not to invite him back. — Lin Bernhardt, Talent

Aquatic magic, fickle weather, hallelujah! The city experts are going to import long, warm summer days to insure the proposed $12.4 million Bear Creek water park operates at least three months each year!

Why not duplicate the $8.8 million Jackson Aquatic Center in Bear Creek Park? But with a twist: Build a 50-meter seasonally enclosed pool with one shallow end to accommodate beginning swimmers, shallow water exercise for older citizens, and competitive sports. The costs would decrease by about $4 million; year-round aquatics would increase in east Medford by 75 percent; and this viaduct-divided city might approve the bonds. — Dean Luke, Medford

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