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Letters, Nov. 1

Why now?

Any idea why we are being flooded with TV ads and mailings from Jordan Cove LNG touting the “advantages” of their pipeline? The timing seems suspect, coming as it does with all the other election mailings. I know there’s nothing obvious on the ballot, but I remain suspicious. Do you know if there’s a connection there somewhere? Conspiracy theories welcomed.

Catherine Heilman


Headline appalling

I was appalled upon opening Page 1 of the Oct. 23 Mail Tribune to see the major headline, “Drugmakers boost Walden’s campaign.”

While the article was factual, the obvious intent was to “smear” a good man, Greg Walden, who has been a major force in legislation to stem the use of opiods. Articles like this should be on the opinion page. In the interest of fairness , I expect a page one article with a headline such as “Anti-business groups and unruly protesters support Jamie McLeod-Skinner.”

Donald Ogren


Taxpayers beware 2

Are you aware that if the Republicans achieve what’s called a super-majority, they can pass tax increases without one vote from across the aisle? This frightening prospect should trouble all fiscally conscious Oregonians, even Republicans.

With all due credit to Carol Heikkila in the Oct. 24 Mail Tribune.

Mary-Kay Michelsen


The border issue

“It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it.” Bill Clinton, 1995.

“And because we live in an age where terrorists are challenging our borders, we simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, and unchecked. Americans are right to demand better border security and better enforcement of the immigration laws.” Barack Obama, 2006.

“First, illegal immigration is wrong, and a primary goal of comprehensive immigration reform must be to dramatically curtail future illegal immigration.” Chuck Schumer, 2009.

“I voted numerous times when I was a senator to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in.” Hillary Clinton, 2015.

In 2013 all 54 Democrats voted to pass legislation building 700 miles of border fence and doubling the number of border patrol agents at a cost of $46 billion.

Today the left is all about sanctuary cities, abolishing ICE, opening the borders. Not one shred of support for the current border crisis, a complete flip-flop. Is this how you want to be represented?

Mark Giuntini


People or profit?

The Republican-dominated Congress passed a tax bill last year that provided a tax cut, primarily for the wealthy and corporations, of almost $2 trillion over the next 10 years, which will decrease revenue accordingly.

A modest cut was also given to the middle class, but it will expire in 2025. The cut for corporations provided over $9 billion profit for the six largest banks that pay their CEOs hundreds of millions in salaries. Is that OK with you?

When the bill passed, Sen. Mitch McConnell said the cut would more than pay for itself by increased productivity. Wrong! Much of the tax savings for big corporations was used to buy back their own stock, which does nothing for the economy. He and congressional Republicans were “surprised” and now say that to pay for the deficit, spending must be cut by reducing — guess what? Social Security and Medicare!

Surprised? This really irritates me, does it not you? Remember that our president said during his campaign that these cuts will not happen. Really?

David Asche


Unity Day 2018?

I never read Leonard Pitts on the opinion page, but I gave him a try on Unity Day, the theme of which is “kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.” He’s all for that, right? No, but I shouldn’t have been surprised.

I respect a principled person who takes a clear stand on things, even a dogmatic stand, so I respect Pitts for my never having to guess what his stand will be on a subject because he never wavers. It’s always about color and race with him and he is completely color-blind; everything is always black and white.

In his universe the endless struggle is not between good and evil but is between the races, so even on Unity Day Pitts threw down the worn and faded race card that he always plays, which was as predictable as smoke from summer wildfires in the Rogue Valley.

Oscar Zuniga


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