Romney's views on "entitlement" — a loaded term most used by demagogues — are so dishonest even David Brooks (often right-leaning New York Times columnist) accused Romney of dividing the nation into two competing groups — "makers and moochers."

In two sentences, Brooks summarized the candidate's understanding of our population when speaking to his fundraiser audience.

"As a description of America today, Romney's comment is a country-club fantasy. It's what self-satisfied millionaires say to each other." — G.E. Myers, Jacksonville

Lately, there have been several letters on whether the MT is right-leaning or left-leaning. Personally, I do not care which way the paper leans. What I care about are informative articles such as the two recent ones about protection from identity theft and today's heads-up that property taxes may change to reflect market value rather than assessed value. The MT is doing a great job. Keep up the good work! — Margaret Bradburn, Eagle Point

Romney has forgotten a Mormon tenet, or that of any Christian-based belief, which is to tell the truth. Consequently, a man who's essentially a decent, moderate conservative has become a quandary. Why? He's trying to be all things to all conservatives, including the far-right tea party, which means no one knows where he stands now — including himself, I'd bet.

So that, plus four years of congressional Republican obstructionism, means Obama gets my vote. — Hartley Anderson, Medford

The MT reports that Gov. Romney says "his role is not to worry about those people" who believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing.

Gov. Romney claims to be a Christian and a Mormon. What happened to being our brothers' (and sisters') keepers?

I know from Mormon relatives that, when they hit a rough patch, the church takes care of them. How does this Mormon belief fit with Gov. Romney's writing off those in our country who need (and have earned) a helping hand, who, according to him, do not "take personal responsibility and care for their lives." Hmmm. — Terry Stone, Ashland

In his Sept. 9 Mail Tribune letter, Medford BLM's Ashland Resource Area Field Manager and titular Cascade-Siskiyou Monument Manager John Gerritsma tried to brush off the sad impacts of his ill-conceived Cottonwood timber sale in the Jenny Creek watershed by saying, "The globally recognized values of the Jenny Creek watershed have been preserved by designating most of the watershed as part of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument ..." Really?

BLM's own Jenny Creek Watershed Analysis (1995) does say this area has "perhaps the greatest biodiversity of any area in the state of Oregon" (Page 4). But is "most" of the Jenny Creek watershed protected in the monument as Gerritsma claimed in his attempt at impact minimization? Far from it.

Trout Unlimited reports 134,279 total acres in the Jenny Creek watershed, of which only 31,254 are BLM monument acres. Just less than 24 percent of the Jenny Creek watershed's acres are Monument acres. Twenty-four percent is a bit less than Gerritsma's claim that "most" of the watershed is part of the monument.

With loose factual representations like that, is it any wonder that Gerritsma's Ashland Resource Area BLM timber sales attract more protests, appeals, and litigation than the other Medford BLM resource areas combined? — Dave Willis, Greensprings

Just saw "All the Way with LBJ." What amazing writing and acting, showing LBJ's fallibilities as well as his strengths. It was a really good presentation of the times overall.

As a white woman who joined the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) in the early '60s picketing Oakland City Hall and standing on street corners downtown at 14th and Broadway every weekend to hand out leaflets despite a few overt racists who confronted me, I found this play very moving and rewarding.

I wasn't as nonviolent in my verbal response to racist comments then as I am now, having had many years of further learning and reflection. I still feel the anger at injustice; I know it still exists, despite many efforts for change — even despite our having elected a black president. But as Dr. King said, change is slow. We have to grow up, to mature, and we're still in our teens. — Diana Morley, Talent

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, the city of Jacksonville again will hold a public hearing on a sale/swap of 380 acres of watershed land to the Motorcycle Riders Association. Last year, a public hearing on the same question was held, and the year before that, the council planned for a vote of the people only to have the MRA withdraw its offer — it wanted a deal with the City Council, not with the people who live in Jacksonville.

Last year, I canvassed my neighborhood for signatures on a letter to the City Council asking for an advisory vote of the people After all, the sale of $1 million of city property should receive close public scrutiny, not merely resting on the votes of a few individuals who briefly occupy council seats. Citizens I approached were surprised that an issue so soundly rejected in 2005 had resurfaced.

And now, rejecting all calls for a public vote and ignoring the pros and cons of the deal, our council seeks to cash out city assets yet again, with enough council votes to proceed with the sale immediately.

Go to www.savethejacksonvillewatershed.org and attend the hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Old City Hall. Express your views. — Linda Kestner, Jacksonville

Last week I read with interest a letter from John Severance, "Give us a break," and I can't believe we are reading the same newspaper! We are constantly bombarded with columns by Leonard Pitts, Jr., Froma Harrop, and Dana Milbank, and these folks are about as liberal as they come. I get tired of their constant abuse of the conservatives.

Mr. Severance complains about some Lisa and her cartoons. I'm not sure what he is referring to, but most of the cartoons we see on the editorial page are bashing the Republicans! Even the comics page has a liberal tinge what with the spoutings of Gary Trudeau in Doonesbury.

I would have to say that the MT is as liberal as it gets. — Dave Wilson, Jacksonville

For the second time a grown man has leaned out his window, flipped me off and sworn at me because of my Obama sticker. I have to say I'm getting a little tired of this.

My old Dad used to say, "If you can't say something nice, don't say nothin'." The political discourse in this country, especially over the last two election cycles, has gotten so ugly it's unbelievable.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but screaming obscenities at passing drivers because they don't share your politics isn't likely to win anyone over to your viewpoint. It seems to me that as a society we're becoming more uncivil, but this particular problem is over the top. — Jean Strong, Medford

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