While there is mass controversy over the new mural on Main Street, I was curious to know if anything is being done about the obvious discrimination of counter-cultural people from the wife (Sandra Goodman) of the music shop's owner. She was publicly quoted as saying, "I think it's going to bring down the neighborhood. It's a kind of mural that attracts counterculture types."

This is an obvious derogatory statement and I am personally offended that this is not more of a controversy.

I personally do not understand why the mural is being considered graffiti simply because it was OK'd all the way around. However, just because some people do not appreciate the mural does not mean it should give them the right to discriminate against anyone.

Personal feelings and beliefs are one thing, but to publicly discriminate against certain types of people is something else. It should not only be acknowledged, but there should also be some sort of punishment. Our country (while still fighting the battle) has fought for equality for years and years and this isn't any different. Something needs to be done! — Andrea Sparks, Medford

Siskiyou Velo, the local bike club, would like to extend sincere thanks to the Medford and Central Point police departments and their bicycle police officers for their professional support of the Ride of Silence on the evening of May 16, 2012. More than 80 participating cyclists rode from downtown Medford through Central Point to draw attention to the urgent need for safe cycling and motoring and to honor cyclists injured or killed while riding on public roads.

Thanks also to KOBI Channel 5 and Laura Cavanaugh for the excellent television coverage of the event. We are fortunate to live in a community with a commitment to safe cycling and urge all cyclists and motorists to strive to travel safely on our shared, public roadways. — Vicki Brown, special events coordinator, Siskiyou Velo

To all seniors, there is a new "Grandchild Scam!"

Your "favorite" grandchild will call from some foreign country saying they are at the American embassy and that they have been charged with drug possession (of which they are completely innocent), and they need X amount of dollars for bail. — Rhonda Atkinson, Rogue River

Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to our service men and women, who make great sacrifices and put their lives on the line to protect our country and preserve our freedom.

On Memorial Day, we must remember those brave men and women who didn't come back alive, and why "Taps" is sounded.

Today, our warriors continue to defend our homelands. May is the month to honor, remember, and appreciate the services and sacrifices these active duty service members and veterans who provided so much for our great country to serve and sacrifice so much every day so we can live in freedom and security. Freedom is not free. — Richard G. Joshua, Medford

How about the Medford City Council consider turning off every other street light within a wider area? And while they're at it, changing the lighting to a more energy-efficient bulb? — Deb Illingworth, Central Point

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