If I read the article in the MT correctly, it couldn't be figured out who should pay for the goof on the right turn lane at Biddle and McAndrews. Why pass the blame? Go to the drawing board and anyone would know it should have been wider — an 18-wheeler has a wider turning radius than a Prius or MINI Cooper.

If it was taken out of the person's wallet who designed the mishap, wow! "Do it once, do it right!" is a long-gone phrase.

How many thousands of dollars were spent correcting the error? Good ol' taxpayers' money; it is no wonder our government is bleeding the public poor. — R.W. Golphenee, Medford

"Lawmakers rush to catch up on gay marriage" we read (MT, March 29).

Male and female are uniquely different in appearance and purpose. Do our lawmakers have to be reminded of that?

If sex at birth cannot be accepted by our lawmakers, by our nation's leadership, how can we the people trust them for safety and prosperity.

We need our leadership to be able to distinguish right from wrong, to stand firm in support of our U.S. Constitution, and to be capable of protecting we the people from internal and external destruction.

Thank you to those of we the people who stand up for what is right. You are greatly appreciated. — Ingrid Le Bleu, Medford

B. Miller's recent letter regarding speeding cars on Siskiyou Boulevard reminded me that years ago the speed limit was 35 mph, and when residents pleaded with Medford officials to reduce it to 30, they were told it lacked authority — that the state determined the limit.

It took residents numerous Salem trips to meet with ODOT and its board to reduce the speed — over city objections. Miller's neighbors know traffic danger increased after the city raised the speed on Siskiyou by removing the buffer of parked cars protecting utility poles, pedestrians and property.

Bicycle lanes now invite pedestrians and children on skateboards to share the roadway with automobiles, since no sidewalks are provided on the south side of the street.

Recall when the city widened Crater Lake Avenue over the objections of its residents? Miller asks how long before death or serious injury results to get the attention of city officials to deal with speeding cars.

She forgets that a child's death on 35 mph Columbus Avenue did not prompt the city to reduce traffic speeds there. City officials value the speeding of traffic through town much higher than providing safety for its residents, and always have. — Ivend Holen, Medford

This week we have been mourning the passing of the most amazing prime minister of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher. She once said she did not think a woman would serve as prime minister or party leader during her lifetime, but once in power she never showed an ounce of doubt.

She reduced government waste and ushered in prosperity. Like her close friend and ally, the greatest president during the 20th century, Ronald Reagan, they were able to accomplish wonders. I doubt there is a Democratic woman who could fill her shoes. She received praise from President Obama and Russian President Putin, who said she was a remarkable figure of the modern world.

As a born-again Christian, the Iron Lady reminds the world that we are not simply carried along by the currents of history. We can shape them with moral conviction and unyielding courage. A God-centered service in her honor brought dignitaries the world over to the memorial.

As a descendant of the British Isles — on my mother's side, they came on the Mayflower in 1620; on my father's side, they came from Scotland in 1634 — I'm most proud of my heritage. — Huntley Barns, Medford

I've read the reports in the past few weeks about the possibility of the Jackson County libraries being next on the chopping block due to budget concerns.

Why? Of all things in this county, the libraries seem to make the biggest impact in every community. They offer services that a lot of families just don't get anywhere else, especially in this economy. The price is right if you want to see a free movie, use a free computer, listen to free lectures, free kids stories, free musical or educational presentations, and the list goes on. Oh, and they let you take books, magazines, CDs and DVDs free of charge.

If you want to keep a community centered, the libraries are a great way to go. As a frequent presenter at all 15 branches of the Jackson County libraries, I have gotten to see first-hand the impact that each branch has on each community. The Friends of the Library groups pour their hearts out to help keep their respective branches going, and they do an excellent job.

The county powers that be need to re-evaluate their perspectives on this issue. There's a huge impact to the valley riding on it. — John Jackson, Medford

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