Scott Grissom stated at the February District 9 board meeting that the district was required to pay Cynda Rickert's attorney fees. The Teacher Standards and Practices Commission letter to Rickert accused her of "gross neglect of duty." In all contracts, gross neglect of duty is one instance where you do not have to pay attorney fees.

I don't believe Grissom knows what he is talking about. I believe Grissom or Rickert will have to pay that money back if the administrative law judge finds her guilty.

Is Grissom looking out for taxpayers' best interests? I don't believe he is. — Jason Haskell, Trail

Perhaps it was my rigid but caring upbringing in New Hampshire, where my mother taught me to be courteous, or my having been rear-ended, the result of the second car behind me hitting another, causing it to slam into me. I'd left enough distance between my car and the one in front of me that I avoided slamming into another fourth vehicle.

Certainly the loony drivers in Massachusetts (and a few other places) never learned courtesy. Traveling Route 128 (yes, I'm that old; it's now I-95) in the Boston area can try the patience of any sane driver. Tailgate city.

Think "courtesy," drivers. And that includes leaving a right-turn lane open to enable others to make their turns at a stop light. And by the way, when turning right from one four-lane road onto another, both right lanes are yours!

Just think "courtesy" behind the wheel, irrespective of what the manual says, and for heaven's sake, if someone wants to change lanes in front of you, let it happen. Courtesy. Thanks, Mom. — Kurt Austermann, Medford

I was really excited to hear about the massive support that House Bill 2787, regarding tuition equity for undocumented Oregon students, received recently in Salem

Those of us who attend public universities in Oregon know firsthand how challenging it is to pay in-state tuition, let alone out-of-state tuition, while going to school full-time. The students that this bill would affect are those that have been living in Oregon for a long period of time; some of them almost their entire lives.

These are students that are not eligible for federal or state tuition assistance programs, grants or loans, and without the in-state tuition price, simply would not be able to attend college.

To be eligible for in-state tuition prices, these students will have attended Oregon schools for more than three years, and been held to the same educational standards as any other Oregon student. Passing House Bill 2787 would ensure that all Oregon students have the same level of educational opportunity, and increase Oregon's educated workforce. — Dillon Holst, Central Point

Recently, we escorted a group of seniors on a tasting tour of several historic downtown Medford restaurants. Without exception, the food was outstanding, and the owners and staffs of the eateries we visited were unfailingly generous, warm and welcoming.

If people have not tried eating out in the downtown area recently, we wholeheartedly recommend they do so. Wonderful things are happening there! — Jill Bartky, Medford

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