The subheading reads: "The part-time monitor wanted to carry a weapon on campus in violation of the Medford district's policy. Donald Later of Medford, a retired Jackson County sheriff's deputy, was dismissed on grounds of insubordination."

It's time to review our school policies. Drive-by shootings are increasing exponentially with gang activities starting at an alarmingly younger and younger age. Policies need to adapt to the increasing need to protect our school children from violent crime. — Cassie Giorgi Ryker, Jacksonville

If dog owners knew the danger in leaving their pets in their cars with the windows cracked, they would never do it.

These facts are from a flier from The Animal Protection Institute.

"On hot — or even warm — sunny days, the inside of the car heats up very quickly. On an 85-degree day, for example, even with the windows slightly open, the temperature inside a car can climb to 102 degrees in 10 minutes, to 120 degrees in 30 minutes. A dog's normal body temperature is 101.5 to 102.2 degrees Fahrenheit. A dog can withstand a body temperature of 107 to 108 degrees Fahrenheit for only a short time before suffering irreparable brain damage or even death. The closed car interferes with the dog's normal cooling process, that is, evaporation through panting."

If your pets beg to go with you on a hot day, just tell your best friend sorry, it's just too hot.

Also, when traveling with your pet in the back of your truck, put something down on the metal bed so your dog's paws don't burn. — Leslee Freeman, Ashland

Gordon Dickerson (April 22) is full of misinformation. Corporations are not people; they can be bought and sold in their entirety; they are property. Any fiction-based argument to the contrary is merely an effort to distract readers from the real concern.

No one is trying to deprive members of organizations (corporations or unions) of their freedom of speech by demanding that Citizens United be overturned. We don't care what they "say" but we do care that since C.U., unions may spend without limit directly from their treasuries to defeat candidates and initiatives, and that foreign-owned corporations and trade associations can buy our government with unlimited and anonymous contributions via political action committees. Ninety-four percent of all national elections are won by the interest spending the most money; only people who benefit by it would argue in favor of any such arrangement.

Those who have amassed the most money direct our federal government, we with the least (about 95 percent of us) are irrelevant. This is not democracy.

Attend a Move To Amend meeting, study the historical documentation, learn how in 1886 one head note surreptitiously placed in a Supreme Court transcript set in motion the eventual trashing of our democracy. — Chris Mathas, Butte Falls

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