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Letters, Aug. 28

Britt deserves better

Your July 17 online report “Overdose death at Britt Festivals” highlights both poor editing and inflammatory reporting. The initial column bylined “Mike Marut” gave a factual account. The second iteration added “Nick Morgan” with speculative and provocative comments which were accusatory and demeaning to the efforts of security and rescue personnel.

If your report is accurate, neither the overdose nor the death occurred at the Britt venue. Apparently the drugs were ingested prior to the individuals’ arrival, and the death occurred after they were transported. Their tragic decisions caused the loss of one life.

I was not at this concert, but as a long-time Britt volunteer, I know medical personnel are scheduled at concerts for the rare instance when assistance is needed. I’ve witnessed quick and caring attention in challenging conditions. The distance rescue personnel must travel to reach the venue and the challenges in transporting patients from this hillside site add complexity. To imply lax attention is erroneous and unfounded.

The dubious comments, strange timeline and bizarre descriptions from the quoted witness did nothing to advance your coverage but, I believe, indicate a lack of editorial attention and a result which created a negative viewpoint of this unfortunate occurrence.

Sue Corp

Medford

Disgraceful deportation

Marine Sgt. Cuauhtemoc Juarez served three tours including combat in Iraq.

His wife, Alejandra, was deported last week. Juarez spent “thousands of dollars fighting deportation.”

Stars and Stripes quoted Alejandra Juarez: “Mr. President, by deporting me, you are not only making me suffer, you are making a combat veteran suffer.” It is utterly disgraceful conduct, to shatter a combat veteran’s family.

Rep. Soto was quoted,” We are talking about someone who this country owes a debt to.”

My close family is a Vietnam combat veteran with PTSD. Strong family ties helped him survive terrible atrocities of war.

Our country must live up to its sacred duty to uphold the honor of our warriors.

They risk and have risked everything.

All of us are indebted to their service whether we take up arms or not.

Charlotte Nuessle

Ashland

Such a genius

“This country was never that great.”

Wow! That Andrew Cuomo is such a genius!

He should put that quote on bumper stickers and T-shirts. His father would be so proud of him if he were still alive.

Andrew Cuomo is just like Peter Fonda and Jane Fonda. He is living proof that genius skips a generation.

Joe Thomas

Brookings

Vote for McLeod-Skinner

We have the opportunity to bring in a fresh vision, an energetic candidate of high integrity who works for us, the folks who want strong and honest representation: Jamie McLeod-Skinner.

The incumbent has had his chance. He’s beholden to corporations who expect favors in return. For example, Walden has received support from pharmaceutical companies, their political action committees and even from CEOs of pharmaceutical companies. Think “opioids.” Think of trying — unsuccessfully — to repeal or defund the Affordable Care Act over 50 times even knowing the ACA protects people with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, cancer, asthma and COPD.

Finally, like the clean air we long for, we have a new representative to elect who has new ideas, is responsive and cares about the people in District 2, from ranchers to vets.

Vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner, she’s a winner.

Selene Aitken

Ashland

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