The recent attacks on the Republican candidates have been entertaining with the predictable recipe of "attack the messenger," and throw in a little religion and science for good measure.

A good example is Chuck Watson's letter (Sept. 7) that criticizes the qualifications of Gov. Rick Perry for questioning evolution. As a teacher, it is surprising that Mr. Watson is unaware that a December 2004 poll by Newsweek indicates 60 percent of Americans favor teaching creation science in addition to evolution in public schools, and a 2006 Gallup survey indicated a clear majority of Americans disregard evolutionary theory. Even more noteworthy is that Darwin abandoned natural selection — the mechanism by which evolution was believed possible — in his sixth and last printing of the "Origins" before his death.

As the movie "Expelled" graphically demonstrated that evolution and leading evolutionary scientists are unable to answer the question of "how did life begin," and respected Swedish biologist and evolutionist Soren Lovtrup has stated, "I believe that one day the Darwinian myth will be ranked the greatest deceit in the history of science," perhaps Gov. Perry is in agreement with most Americans when he questions the validity of evolution. — John Mittendorf, Medford

This PBS special program (www.pbs.org/unnaturalcauses/about_the_series.htm) shows graphically and dramatically why the specific goals, values and policies of the Republican Party have resulted in more poor people, more sick people and more problems of every kind throughout our entire society.

Further, it allows you to extrapolate how the aspirations of the tea party in particular — when joined to the Republican agenda — will inevitably lead to increased poverty, increased deaths due to poor health and lack of care and a widening gap between the rich and the poor.

In short, the values of the Republican Party combined with those of the tea party will, if enacted by governmental legislation, eventually and inevitably lead to an America not only not worth living in, but a nation not worth dying for. If you think I have no idea what I'm saying here, and that I don't love this country as much as you do, then I challenge you to watch the program. If you have the courage to do so, I then challenge you to defend your point of view of me, and to defend your support of the Republicans' and tea party's agenda. — Matthew Lubic, Talent

I would like to ask readers to contribute their opinions on the quality of radio personalities' comments while on air.

On Sept. 15, such a comment was made in reference to a religious figure affirming his acceptance that a spouse could divorce if the other spouse developed Alzheimer's disease. The attempt of the radio personality was to remark with a humorous tack. This person was breaking no FCC laws; however, I am disgusted to believe that this person thinks that having Alzheimer's disease is comical or that the listening audience would think it was funny.

Should more restrictions be imposed, if not by federal law, then by city ordinance or something equivalent? If no such enforcement exists by city, then should one be implemented? My mother suffers from dementia and I find the comments to be degrading and inappropriate. — Vicki George, Medford

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