In regards to Cynthia Z.'s Nov. 17 letter, I am asking her and everyone else who has the same stance not to confuse who the real heroes are.

To call the participants of a very misguided camp-out a "hero" is a slap in the face to the men and women who fight for the freedoms that make America what it is. Let's not forget the economic heroes that are putting everything they have on the line to create jobs and wealth in this country.

I am very sorrowful that my generation (those born in the mid-'80s) can feel so entitled. Why is it so hard to understand that no matter how hard one works, things can still turn out against your favor?

To think that "cooperative democratic socialism" can create more wealth than free market capitalism is pretty silly. Let's stop the high school drama of how "the man" is unfair and become productive. So stop protesting and put your nose to the grindstone and come up with the next big idea and become one of the 1 percent! — Nicholas Torrano, Medford

Imagine the spine-tingling elation I felt after reading in the Mail Tribune that God told Herman Cain to run for president. No more watching tiresome debates filled with stale rhetoric.

I assumed by extension that God also told him sexual harassment was OK. That's odd, but who am I to question God?

My initial elation deflated when the same article said Rick Perry was also told by God to run. Now this is troubling. Why would God tell them both to run for president? Maybe it was a misprint.

Perhaps it was dog that told them. Transposing a couple of letters is easy to miss. On the other hand, if it was God, then I expect she will make an appearance soon and tell us who is telling the truth. (Yes, she, there is evidence in the gospels that God is a woman.)

If God really told one of them to run and if God is a woman, then I think Herman Cain is in deep dog-doo. That would leave Rick "Oops" Perry, but why would she want another Texas governor for president? Haven't we had enough? I think we will find out they both have talking dogs. — Michael Fowell, Jacksonville

My shopping is guided by several family rules:

Buy everything you can locally. This helps your friends, neighbors, and community. Money spent in your town tends to say in your town. Whenever possible shop at small family businesses, not at large corporate stores.

If you cannot find what you want in town, buy only from those businesses that are owned and operated by people from the Pacific Northwest. Your money does not go to some "1 percent" family that lives across the United States, but stays in our area to enrich our area.

Whenever possible, buy only goods made in America. Why support some sweatshop, when you can support your fellow Americans?

We, as Americans, need to support our own workers, society and way of life. Think about these things as you spend money this holiday season. — Walter Wright, Medford

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