We just returned from an hour spent amid the amazing collection of John F. Kennedy memorabilia that is beautifully displayed in the Medford Center. If you have not yet seen it, be sure to find time to visit the exhibit, which closes on Friday, Nov. 22.

The impact made by this extraordinary collection will vary with the viewers' age and personal memories. Many visitors were young adults in 1963 when President Kennedy was assassinated. Seeing the vast collection, hearing the haunting music from Camelot in one room, and President Kennedy's speeches in another, evoke powerful personal connections to that time in our history.

Younger visitors will be enriched by viewing the exhibits and experiencing President Kennedy's family — including his brothers Robert and Edward — that made such a powerful impact on America.

There are extensive mementos of the president's wife and children and photos of then-Sen.John Kennedy as grand marshal of the Pear Blossom Parade in Medford.

Joyce Hailicka has assembled this vast collection and is a charming and knowledgeable hostess to each visitor. One only wishes the exhibit could remain in Medford permanently.

Located in the Medford Center, across from Ashley Furniture, the exhibit is open to the public Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free. — Betty and Marvin Kazmin, Medford

This is in response to the article regarding the special session our governor is promoting to vote on measures affecting taxes, public-employee pensions and the regulation of genetically modified crops.

The article said that $140 million will go to our schools, and later it was stated that "Sept. 30 now stands as a turning point for the future of our public schools." Sounds so upbeat.

The part about the genetically modified crops, which seems to be an important item that requires a lot of thought and deliberation, has been thrown in "to sweeten the pot for Republicans." Who threw that in? And why?

Republicans care about the health of our food supply as much as anyone else. The GMO issue is, once again, tacked onto another bill which has nothing to do with it. This same thing happened months ago, in Washington, D.C. (and apparently few knew it was even added.).

Other countries have banned genetically modified foods. The businesses that produce them are spending mega-millions of dollars to prevent us from learning about their effects, and to have foods that contain them not be labeled. This is a very important issue. Let's address it, and not tack it onto something like education funding, which is also extremely important.

Gov. Kitzhaber agreed to write a letter saying he won't sign any bill, unless he signs them all. So our legislators are tying these issues together — the turning point for the future of our schools and deciding for other counties in Oregon that they can't be GMO-free, unless the whole state is. Is our democracy being manipulated by the interests of big business? — Peggy Elterman, Ashland

America, "What we got here is a failure to communicate." There is no more Republican Party, it's the Republican Tea Party.

The house voted over 40 times to repeal "The Affordable Care Act" — votes which by the way cost the taxpayer over $40 million — knowing that it would never get out of the Senate, and if it did the president would veto it.

The House Republicans also voted on an outrageous bill cutting food stamps for 3.8 million men, women and children. Most are members of what has sadly become known as America's working poor.

These Republicans who voted this down haven't any moral soul. These Republican souls belongs to the Koch brothers and the NRA.

Ninety-one percent of Americans support background checks for all gun sales. Republicans voted no.

Seventy-four percent of Americans support eliminating tax subsides for big oil. Republicans voted no. Sixty-three percent of Americans favored the American Jobs Act. Republicans voted no.

Veterans Job Corp Act of 2012 voted down by the Republican Party.

It's hard for me to believe that Americans would want to hurt Americans, but it's been happening.

Now I'm questioning to whom these Republicans raise their right hand. From what I've witnessed, it's not a moral obligation to Americans. — Michael A. Long, Trail

Sanctuary One needs our help.

You have read about them in the paper over the last four years, performing various good deeds. It's an amazing place with all kinds of exciting things happening for animals and humans alike.

As a nonprofit rescue/sanctuary/care farm out in the Applegate Valley, they work hard to take care of a wide variety of animals, and the humans who care for them. Some animals will be adopted into happy homes, some animals will live out their lives in good loving care and comfort at Sanctuary One. And all the humans will be better off emotionally, physically and spiritually for their contact with these animals. It's a very cool place.

For the first time in the four years they have been open, donations have dropped off and they are buying their hay for the season — that money comes from donations also.

Can you buy some hay for them? Perhaps you have extra hay you don't know what to do with.

Or you could begin a monthly sponsorship to help support an animal.

Perhaps you have been looking for an opportunity to make a difference somewhere in this crazy world. This is a real worthy place to start.

Check out their website or give them a call at 541-899-8627 and let them know you can help. — Madra Hord, Jacksonville

Benghazi, IRS, Syria and immigration issues make President Obama look bad and President Nixon look good. — Gordon Self, Talent

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