Regarding the Oct. 20 "Cheers and jeers," I found of interest that you cheer about the appointment of Carolyn Bartell to her resigned position by her running mates. You wrote, "Cheers — to Phoenix City Councilwoman Carolyn Bartell, who returned to the council after resigning in protest and then did the right thing by voting to increase her own water bill and those of her neighbors."

Councilwoman Bartell voted to raise water rates and the base rate on the citizens of Phoenix, despite a campaign promise not to do so. As an avid reader of the Mail Tribune, may I recommend your article from May 4, "Phoenix residents see water rates go up." You may find it an interesting read. You will find the base rate was raised to $33, and is not the $28 your story of Oct. 19 indicated.

You seemed to be surprised that the council member would impose the same upon herself as you felt it was worth pointing out. I expected her to vote as she did. Did you think otherwise? — Mike Stitt, Phoenix

Oh, fine, it's not enough that when you turn on the TV, little pop-up men assault you on the lower part of your screen telling you what other programs you need to watch.

You can't attend a ball game without ads plastered on every fence in sight. You can't even open a magazine without 60 percent of the pages filled with advertising, not to mention those irritating 3-by-5 cards stuck between every few pages.

Because of the barrage of commercials on TV, I rarely watch anything but the news and only then with the trusty "clicker" at the ready so I can mute it when I see still one more ad selling an unbelievably wonderful car at such a steal you just can't afford not to buy it. Or worse yet, another Viagra commercial.

And now, we may be the first city in the country to have ads plastered on our airport tower. Yippee! How lucky can we get? — Dorothy Zirkle, Medford

On behalf of the Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery and the Boosters Club, our sincere appreciation to all who attended our sixth annual Meet the Pioneers cemetery tours on Oct. 14-15. It was a total sell-out, and we so enjoyed presenting this year's program to such a wonderful and enthusiastic audience. Thank you to all our dedicated and hard-working volunteers for another outstanding job.

Our thanks and appreciation to the staff and residents of Pioneer Village, the Jacksonville Review, the Jacksonville Visitors Center, the First Presbyterian Church, Southern Oregon Historical and Rogue Valley Genealogical societies, Climate Control Mini Storage and the Mail Tribune Tempo.

Hope to see you next year for our seventh annual Meet the Pioneers program on Oct. 12-13, 2012. — Dirk J. Siedlecki, president, Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery

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