So, 450 or more bicyclists come to Rogue River to "Ride The Rogue" last Saturday, pedal either 35, 68, or 100 miles, supported by over 200 volunteers, and you do not deem it worthy enough to come and find out what is going on. Never mind the proceeds from it are going to help connect a bike path from Grants Pass to Central Point and link to the Bear Creek Greenway, which runs from there to Ashland.

You dedicate pages, huge photos, and columns to other "more worthy" activities in the Rogue Valley, but people whose ages run from the teens into the 80s and are out there pedaling in 90-degree weather do not warrant a single word. You missed out on a great event, but that is not unusual.

Maybe, "Next year in Jerusalem." — Donald W. Lockridge, Rogue River

I trust that the standard methods of verification used by experts in the field will determine the authenticity of this "papyrus scrap." If it is found to be authentic, then we must accept that some early Christians who lived two centuries after Jesus' death believed he had been married. It does not change the fact that the oldest writings — those of the New Testament books, all of which were written within 100 years of Jesus' life and death — do not indicate that Jesus ever married.

Still, as a Christian who believes in the divinity and the humanity of Jesus Christ, I do not find the possibility of Jesus being married threatening to my faith at all. If anything, discovering conclusively that Jesus had indeed been married while he lived on this earth, would make his words as recorded in Matthew's Gospel (written around 50-60 A.D.) all the more powerful: "Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, 'Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh'? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate." (Matthew 19:4-6, ESV) — Lori Olson Boehning, Medford

There needs to be a change in attitude among our officials and supervisors of public instruction. These public employees have given way to greed, self-interest and their PERS retirement.

While the rest of us struggle to make ends meet, they raise their pay with an eye on improving their PERS retirement pay. Superintendent Long and others feel it is better to enhance their benefits than to use state monies to improve teaching and school improvements. The monies they received from the state are our tax monies — not a freebie. They care less that we are in trouble, losing our jobs — and if we find another it is at a lower pay level. We cannot afford their increase in pay. While we struggle, they enhance their pay and benefits to reward themselves.

Our commissioners do the same. Commissioner Smith gave himself a $20,000 pay raise and yearly increases. Remember, it is they who raised their pay, not us taxpayers.

We need to demand a change in PERS and compensation and make it fair for everyone. — Antone J. Pedersen, Central Point

As the owner of a landscape construction company that specializes in organic practices, I am concerned about the introduction of genetically engineered (GMO) plants into the Rogue Valley.

Once GMOs are introduced into an area, those plants naturally interbreed with other plants of the same species. This effectively creates new genetic variants that have escaped from of the boundaries of GMO farms.

Once these genetic variants are out, they can not be put back into the bottle.

For those organic farmers who practice seed saving or grow organic seed for sale, the unintended consequences of GMO cross pollination are potentially devastating. Unlike the giant, powerful agribusiness that create GMO seeds, our local organic farmers are small family businesses that need our support.

I urge readers to watch the film: "Food, Inc." and to sign the petition to ban GMO crops from our valley. — Donna Breedlove, owner of One Earth Landscaping, Medford

Attracted by a wholesome description of "The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa," my wife and I, another couple and their high school age son decided to make the 100-mile round trip to see the play. The description characterized the play as being small town Americana, which indeed it was (sort of) with county fair, high school cheerleaders, community gossip, soda fountain and political intrigue. It sounded like a fun night out, we thought.

It was from our amply priced seats that we discovered that the entire play was based upon gay innuendo, same-sex marriage and lesbian trickery. We felt duped and deceived — for us this was a big "no thanks." We left the theater ASAP with a bad taste in our mouths.

The question remains: Why doesn't the Oregon Shakespeare Festival advertise the play for what it is — a saturated gay agenda statement clothed (and advertised) in a deceptively clever mix of Shakespeare and Americana. Is it because they might sell fewer tickets?

It's "buyer beware" we remind ourselves. We got tricked into spending money on what was for us an undesirable product. Shame on us — and shame on the Shakespeare Festival for their deception. — Bernie Conrad, Grants Pass

I want to offer my eternal gratitude to the gentleman who turned in my money that he found in an envelope at the new Walmart store on Sept. 19.

The envelope fell out of my purse when I took out my wallet to show my ID.

He took it to the pharmacist and gave it to her.

I called the store Thursday morning to see if anyone had turned in an envelope with money in it, and was told an "older gentleman" had given it to the cashier.

I so appreciate that there are still honest people of integrity here. — Dottie Dudley, Central Point

I would like refunded for my part of the tax money that was spent fixing Table Rock Road between Vilas and Antelope roads.

Two weeks before they patched the road, the county painted new stripes. It makes good sense to stripe before you pave! Now the stripes are barely visible and the paving job is awful. The county should be ashamed of themselves for wasting money and doing such poor work.

Is it possible to get our taxes back and be reimbursed for new shocks and tires? If I have to drive this road for very long I will have to replace both. New rattles and noises are noticeable daily. The road was in much better shape before the county tried to fix it. I can't understand how we could possibly be asked to pay for such a poor job.

I hope other people who are forced to drive through this mess will also voice their opinion. I would never pay a contractor that did this kind of work on my personal property, and I would demand that it be fixed. The county should do the right thing and fix their mess for the taxpayers. — Jackie McGrath, Eagle Point

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