Thanks for support

I would like to thank the hundreds of Southern Oregonians who stood up to support the Holly Theatre when funding for the restoration was threatened with veto by the governor. And thanks to the Mail Tribune as well for a well-written editorial and clear, in-depth coverage. Due to the tremendous groundswell of support from the community, the governor chose not to veto funds for the theater's restoration.

The restoration's tag line is "Preserve, Entertain, Revitalize" and economic stimulus is built in to the very backbone of the project. That's why more than 2,400 local donors have backed the project — more than any other capital campaign in recent memory. And it's why we feel compelled to move the project forward with as much speed as possible so that the theater can begin the business of job creation and economic improvement that our region needs. Though we are a few weeks off from beginning construction, the funding our community saved will allow the project to get underway in early fall.

Thank you again to our community. The outpouring of support, the letter-writing and phone calls, were tremendous and humbling. This is truly a community project.

Randy McKay, executive director, Jefferson Live!

Medford

Monumental healing

You cannot extinguish "bigotry with hate," any more than you can extinguish "fire with heat." It simply doesn't work.

Such hypocrisy is destructive to the cause of equality. People attacking other people because of how they "think" will never solve the problem, it only drives them farther in the wrong direction. It's time to reverse the trend. Let our "hate stand down," so our "love can stand up."

Terry Baker

Phoenix

Amen

It is painfully obvious, as it has been for a very long time, that those with, let’s say, a less-than-accurate view of Christianity seem to continually lose sight of the intent in the Golden Rule which is, to put it simply: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

It also appears that quaint phrases like "Judge ye not lest ye be judged" and the ever-popular First Commandment, "Thou shalt not kill" seem to have somehow gone astray. I’m not an elitist but I don’t have any problem with trying to be fairly intelligent and I think it’s unbelievable the deplorable things some people actually pray for in life.

Steve Sutfin

Talent