The real tragedy of the presidential election was that no matter how you voted, all of us, men, women and children, will have to face the disastrous events that are coming and that could have been avoided. Nov. 6, 2012, will be remembered as a pivotal date in American history. — Tom Brussat, Jacksonville

Most candidates get their signs down within a few days after elections to help stop visual pollution. I'm just wondering how long it will take newly-elected Commissioner Breidenthal to take down his election signs? — Carol Doty, Medford

Much work needs to be done in Washington, and I would like to take Rep. Greg Walden at his word that he will do his best to find solutions to the big problems.

He has a reputation as a "fixer." That will mean, for Republicans who still control the House, focusing on big-picture remedies for the debt/deficit, job growth, tax reform and increasing revenue as well as reducing spending. This would be a change from the past agenda, driven by the tea party, of passing "person-hood" bills and voting to repeal the health care law over and over again.

President Obama won a little more than 50 percent of the national vote, 54 percent of the Oregon vote, and even in traditionally conservative Jackson County, he received 46 percent. So voters want to see wealthy individuals and corporations pay more, they want immigration reform and clean energy, and measures that promote job growth for Americans without turning a back on the environment.

Rep. Walden has a high-profile role and his positions will be watched by many. The previous session run by Republicans received a rock-bottom rating by the public. Now is the time to show mature leadership and get things done. — Steve Haskell, Ashland

It is hoped that Jackson County and the cities in Jackson County do all they can to discourage a gambling business to locate in our area.

While some believe that a gambling business will bring riches to our community, what price do we pay? The riches only go to a select few.

Commercial gambling contributes nothing to the well-being of the citizens of our community and should be discouraged by all of us.

I am disappointed that the State of Oregon is in the gambling business, and I am equally disappointed that the Native American tribes have chosen this toxic product to enrich their pockets.

Let us not permit this industry to expand. — William A. Mansfield, Medford

I am all for new pools, but no new taxes. If the pools are that necessary then the City Council should find a way to pay for them. This was not an overnight surprise. Why would you build a $70 million new school with a swim team and no pool?

The powers to be found $8 million for the garage to nowhere, and $400,000 for feasibility studies for the defunct water park. There is extra money in the police budget to replace the armored vehicle they gave to Grants Pass. The parks budget has money to loan to the general fund to buy property. Maybe cut every department's budget, PERS and salary. Ask our illustrious new city manager to work with our finance lady to find a way!

If we were going to remodel the Old South High (now Central High), why didn't we just build a pool there? Maybe we don't need two pools right now. Find the money to build Hawthorne in the current budget, and down the road we can find money to build Jackson. I guess it is more important to give raises to city officials than help the taxpayers who elected them to watch over their money. — Brad Martinkovich, Medford

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