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Letters, Aug. 31

Witches, or warlocks?

It would appear that the “witch hunt” is turning up a lot of warlocks!

Chris Glud

Medford

Thank law enforcement

Have you thanked a sheriff’s deputy or a police officer today?

Just think — law enforcement is a never-ending battle with all kinds of lawbreakers. Persons who refuse to obey the laws of the land and to live in peace.

Suppression of evil is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year dangerous and arduous chore. Few men and women have a stomach for it.

To protect those who want to live peacefully and who mean their neighbor no harm is a monumental task strewn with all types of risks to both life and limb of the law enforcement officer.

They put their lives on the line (for very little money) the moment they don their uniforms and take the oath. Many die young or new to the force.

Without their amazing contribution to our society, we would sink into the dark abyss of total anarchy. Period!

Friend — walk a mile in their shoes, and a new and genuine appreciation will quickly and deeply develop.

Jacqueline S. Glynn

Medford

Millions live with chronic pain

Do you remember wearing denim or scratchy clothes on a sunburn? Burning yourself with scalding water? Walking on rocks while barefoot? These and many other excruciating sensations are what I and an estimated several million people worldwide live with daily with no relief.

I live with an incurable pain known as central pain syndrome, CPS, a complex, poorly understood pain condition secondary to damage of my central nervous system. My entire left side is numb, yet is also affected with constant burning, throbbing, stabbing and searing pain that even the strongest painkillers cannot relieve. Treatment is essentially limited to anticonvulsants and antidepressants. Unfortunately for me, no medications have offered relief.

CPS makes walking painful, affecting my mobility, requiring the use of a cane and mobility scooter. I’ve observed my progressive decline since developing CPS and often fear how much the pain and symptoms will progress as I age, as well as the unknowns of constant pain to my body.

Chronic pain affects not only the pain sufferer, but their loved ones as well. CPS awareness will lead to increased research and eventually effective treatment for many people across the world. Until then, patients like myself will continue to suffer.

Patti Gilstrap

White City

Hunger vs. defense

I think it would be interesting to see a story that outlines how big the defense budget is. The Borgen Project points out this interesting tidbit.

$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.

$660 billion: U.S. defense budget.

I think most Americans would be outraged to learn that. Especially considering the military has been vocal in calling on Congress to fight global poverty. Worth diving into.

Danielle Johnson

Ashland

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