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Letters to the Editor, June 13

Think outside the box

This letter is in reference to the article in the Mail Tribune on May 23 regarding the inhumane and cruel training and punishment methods utilized on large animals.

People, think about this — these are not medieval times — this is the year 2018! Surely there are effective, more humane, kinder ways to manage and train large animals! Bull hooks, electric prods, fire pokers are a few of these archaic and harmful weapons used on helpless animals. Jackson County should follow the example set by Clatsop County and ban these ridiculous weapons.

My answer to Ms. Funk: Research, reach out and brainstorm some other events to entice attendees to the fairgrounds. Do so not at the expense of these exotic and beautiful animals.

There has to be a better way. It is time for us all to think outside the box.

Lynn McBee

Medford

What does Walden stand for?

His nice-guy appearance and his quiet mannerisms lead you to believe he is trustworthy. But the truth is he is a liar with a terrible record for his constituents.

He was a big part of the plan to gut the ACA. He is continuing his fight to take away health care by making it harder and more expensive for people with pre-existing conditions to obtain insurance. He just voted to take billions away from the CHIP program and refuses to stand up against this administration’s inhumane practice of separating immigrant families. What has he done to help Oregonians? I am supporting Jamie McLeod Skinner, who will stand up and fight for all Oregonians — not just the wealthy and powerful.

Arlene Aron

Medford

Power not unlimited

In a tweet, the president has asserted, “I have the absolute power to PARDON myself.”

Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution states, “... and he shall have the power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of Impeachment.” So, is the Constitution saying that the president has the power to pardon himself?

A major concern of the 55 men who drafted the Constitution in 1787 was to create a government with sufficient checks and balances to prevent any one from accumulating enough power to become a king/despot/dictator the way King George III had been. If a president were to have the power to pardon himself, he would have absolute power to commit any act with impunity and simply pardon himself. Even in the case of impeachment, he could murder the accusers and pardon himself.

Our forefathers did not declare independence from Great Britain, fight a bloody war, accumulate massive debt and create the very first system of government based on checks and balances to throw it all away by giving the president the power to pardon himself.

President Trump does not have absolute power, and he is not above the law.

David Lane

Ashland

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