Here we go again, a surcharge tax headed to the general fund. All money collected would go to the Jackson County Jail. Yeah, sure. We all know what happens to money once it's in the general fund. — Jack Shaffer, Medford

Last week I read in the Mail Tribune that they are moving the methadone clinic to the corner of Murphy and State because it previously was too close to a day-care facility. But they did not study the new place, which is right across the street from a pediatric place, which has children who go in there all the time, and also close to a place where children get counseling and close to apartments and neighborhoods that have children who play outside.

What I have to say is shame on you, health department, and especially Dr. Shames, for OK'ing this site for a methadone clinic. This is way worse then where it is. You need to do better studying and find a different area where there is nothing around it.

I do not want to see these types of people walking around our neighborhood. Recheck before putting it in here. — Saga Sandberg, Medford

The poor pay no taxes and the rich pay less, converging in a stabbing pain to the backs of the middle class. Taxation with representation is a disaster to which we must protest.

Move to amend, put it to a vote and we win, taking back our government is how we begin. Corporations are not people and money is not speech. Our human voices cannot compete. We can amend the Constitution and we must. Thirteen states have so far agreed and hundreds of cities have put it to a vote to help the amendment succeed.

Now is the time and we are the people. Please tune in and join when you can. We are the job creators by buying what we need.

Imagine corporate loopholes closing. Imagine millionaires paying the tax rate of the middle class and corporations their fair share. Imagine penalties for hiding your money offshore and imagine what our government would be without an endless flux of corporate money. That would be democracy. — Lynne Likens, Talent

I paid my first visit to the Plaza since the completion of the new town square. I was impressed by the police presence because some of the concrete benches were being utilized by some young people. While standing in front of a Plaza business looking across to the Plaza, I found it very difficult to tell just where the new town square ended and the street began. I do not remember ever having that issue with the old Plaza.

I also have to wonder if the city will give a true account of the costs for the new town square — including costs of labor, materials and equipment wear and tear, plus projects that city crews were pulled off of — to work on the new town square.

I would also like to congratulate the City of Ashland for turning Ashland's individuality into Anytown, U.S.A. — Tom Stanley, White City

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