Kathleen Parker absolutely is right on with every sentence in her column of Monday, Aug. 26.

People (our president included) need to stop identifying with skin color and look at actions instead. We are judged by others by our appearance in many situations, so present yourself according to how you want to be viewed. Many people, especially our president, need to quit playing the victim. — Sheryl Leffler, Central Point

We are writing to express strong support for your editorial, "No way to run a county." Having recently moved to the Rogue Valley from Cleveland, Ohio, we've found a lot to like, but the Jackson County commissioners' failure to support a county-wide solution to the funding crisis for libraries, the historical society and the extension center concerns us.

Cleveland is a poor city with affluent suburbs and myriad problems. What it does have is a commitment to support all libraries, the park system, and the community college on a county -wide basis without setting each in competition with the others.

Even in tough economic times, levies pass because local government, the business community, unions, churches and community organizations campaign for passage. They recognize that these are essential public services that must be provided for the region to prosper. If polling shows that levy support is lacking, the response is to develop campaigns to ensure passage county-wide, not to devise strategies that reinforce divisions between affluent and poorer areas.

Our commissioners should lead to make sure that county services support the long-term future of Jackson County as a whole. — Eric Hoddersen and Carolyn Platt, Gold Hill

As a cancer survivor, it is very troublesome to me to know that colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer yet very few people realize that it is one of the most deadly forms of cancer.

Screening for this cancer allows your doctor to find and remove polyps before they turn cancerous, or catch them in the early stage when the disease is most treatable. Some screening procedures cost as little as $25 and are almost always covered by insurance. It is such a simple test and it is too bad that many people do not get the test because of the fear of it being so unpleasant.

I don't need to be screened for another 10 years. In the meantime, my doctor has encouraged me to share my story, since most people say they made the decision to be screened because someone they know encouraged them. So that's what I'm doing. I hope every Oregonian over 50 will contact their doctor to find out what screening procedure is right for them. The life you save might be your own. — Rick Rankin, Medford

Since the water department can put extra utility charges on the water bill (now separated), why can't the county commissioners do the same thing and form a taxing district? I, personally, do not have a problem with that. — E. Nelson, Medford

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