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Letters to the Editor, Dec. 1

Boxing mismatch

What in the world were you thinking? We have vital city news, important state news, breathtaking national news and critical international news and you see fit to devote the front and second page of your newspaper to the story of a professional boxer?

I realize that we are not a Portland or a Los Angeles, but a city like Medford, with a population approaching 89,000, certainly deserves better and more sophisticated coverage than that! We have a sports section to take care of such items, you know.

Bob Shepard


Mixed feelings

On Nov. 23, my wife and I attended the annual Ashland holiday Festival of Lights. The Nov. 24 Mail Tribune reported a crowd size of 20,000 crammed into the plaza. It was elbow to elbow and a bit claustrophobic for this old codger.

I noticed two things that added to my “Where the heck is the emergency exit for this event?” feeling. The first was large trucks blocking the main entrance to the Plaza. My assessment; there to prevent someone ramming a vehicle into the masses with or without explosives. In case I was just paranoid, I studied the skyline of the Plaza.

I quickly located what appeared to be two long gun-equipped police snipers scanning the crowd ready to kill a determined would-be terrorist. I knew that a killer, striking first, would murder/wound many of us in the crowd prior to any police reaction and engagement. I was reminded of the law of randomness. Wrong place/wrong time and you are dead, and nothing can alter that law.

Feelings? Mixed. Glad of police presence, wonder that so many seemed unaware of the sniper implications, a high internal alertness and sadness that reality has come to the Rogue Valley.

Larry Slessler


Peterson’s belt

No sane person would ever advocate any form of child abuse/neglect. Certainly abuse is just that, abuse. However I do find the headline of your article on Adrian Peterson, (“Peterson says he still hits his son with belt” Nov. 22) somewhat misleading.

What constitutes hitting versus spanking is an open question with adherents on both sides; that is fine and reasonable and anyone who does spank their child as a form of discipline should do so appropriately apart from abuse. Unfortunately, a headline that uses the word “hitting” to characterize a form of discipline leaves little room for interpretation on the part of the reader.

A more appropriate term would be “disciplines” or “spanks” as the article itself stated when quoting Peterson as saying “I had to discipline my son and spank him the other day with a belt.” Unfortunately, Peterson is now characterized as one who “hits his son” when he disciplines him.

Granted, Peterson has been convicted of a misdemeanor reckless assault — presumably deserved; but please try to be a bit more objective in your headlines rather than flowing the politically correct mantra.

Bruce Booker


A better product

If you don’t like Trump, don’t whine, come up with a better candidate. Hillary certainly wasn’t it.

If fossil fuel isn’t your cup of tea, come up with a great battery and a clean energy source. Maybe solar, maybe nuclear. Pair those with a GMO forest that grows twice as fast, produces four times the lumber and sequesters carbon as a bonus, and you’ve solved your climate change dilemma.

Poor education got you puzzled? Try a little VR, AI and some innovation to bring inexpensive, great learning experiences to everyone.

Recreational drugs got you in a tizzy? They have a problem with bad side effects. Nobody drinks a beer with the intention of beating his wife and crashing the car. Just dispose of the side effects.

Whining, over-regulation and bullying is not the solution. Example: cigarettes. Charge 10 times too much. If you get a cheaper alternative, they call it smuggling, and they throw you in jail. You just wanted a cigarette. Just create one that doesn’t cause cancer.

There are real solutions to these problems. Technology is our friend. Analyze the problem without bias, use new ideas, and come up with a better product.

Larry Fields


Saudi Arabia

Letting Saudi Arabia get away with murder is not putting America First, as the president claims. It is exactly the opposite, making us dependent on a foreign power because they buy weapons from us and provide oil.

True strength comes from producing our own products within our borders and selling the surplus to the world. Maintaining a co-dependent relationship with a murderous dictator is amoral and weak at best, maybe even masochistic.

As of last year, just 9 percent of our petroleum came from Saudi Arabia, far less than we imported from Canada. Since 2013 the Saudis are only 18 percent of our total weapons sales. So, no shortage of consumers of death and destruction around the planet, and no pressing need to sell arms to a regime that considers murder a tool to scratch an itch.

Economics are already amoral; we do not help the human condition by disconnecting a sense of right and wrong from the financial transactions we make as a country. The only way to truly make America any version of First is to act like the best people in the world, not the greediest.

Joi Riley


Season of charity

If you can read Leonard Pitts Jr. on Nov. 26 (“A few words about ‘us’ and ‘them’)and not know what is right, you may not have a soul worth saving.

Mary Lewis


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