Attention, citizens of Jacksonville: At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, the Jacksonville City Council will hold a public hearing to sell 380 acres of the watershed that you as citizens have told them many times, no. If you would like to vote on this, I urge you to show up at the council meeting.

The city's Vision 2028 statement says, "The future of the watershed is to be an 1,800-acre park."

One hundred citizens worked on it, and it is very clear that the watershed is to be a park, all 1,800 acres.

In 2011, 250 citizens signed a letter addressed to the council asking for a vote of the people, and the council rejected it. In 2005, 850 citizens said "no," and here it is again.

Please show up at the council meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 2. If you want more information on this, go to www.savethejacksonvillewatershed.org. — Jerry E. Mathern, Jacksonville

It sickens me to listen to everyone complaining and blaming either the Democrats or Republicans for all of the problems with this country, when in fact it is us who are to blame for letting this happen to our country.

Politicians and corporations manipulate our Constitution for their monetary and political gains.

We as Americans should be ashamed of ourselves for our complacency, laziness, ignorance and ideologies that one party or the other are better and can lead better, when for years both parties have shown over and over that they cannot. Neither party will work for the betterment of all in this country, and I do mean "all," not just those who think they are entitled or think they deserve everything that this grand country has for everyone.

We need to stop complaining and act as Americans for all Americans as one, not for one party. — Douglas Kent, Medford

Let's be clear: among the 47 percent of American citizens who do not pay federal income tax, and whom Mr. Romney does not want to bother with, are disabled veterans.

I look forward to a response from anyone who can support Mr. Romney's dismissing of disabled veterans as well as elderly and disabled citizens as undeserving of his attention and public assistance. — Barbara Barnes, Medford

It is unbelievable to me that with the Middle East in turmoil that our president didn't have time to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; however, he had time to go and appear on the David Letterman show.

Our president needs to focus on the critical issues such as the economy, anti-terrorism and creating jobs, not focusing on Hollywood types. — Julie Hale, Medford

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