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Letters to the Editor, June 30

Teach respect at home

The article “Disruptive Students” in the paper on June 19 didn’t surprise me. However, the “frequency numbers” did alarm me.

I have a friend who works in a classroom and has told me about a child who disrupts the class. Unfortunately, one child can spoil the time when others want to learn — in the classroom or on a field trip.

Hearing her stories has made me familiar with behavior outlined in the article. Sometimes when parents are notified they’ll deny that the child would do something disruptive. (Most behavior begins at home.) Sometimes the child has unlimited time on an electronic device.

If children aren’t developing social skills at home, they have no idea how to express themselves outside the home. Unfortunately, in the classroom there just aren’t enough resources to teach behavior in an environment where the child isn’t able to do what they want, when they want.

To conclude, it seems as if some children are frustrated and don’t have a vocabulary to express this emotion, so are acting out in the hopes that they will get someone’s attention. Their individual attention needs and respect —- for themselves and others — should be taught at home.

Pamela Heuser


Walden ad misleading

Greg Walden’s ad in the Mail Tribune last week announced he won the Health Care Innovation Award. From whom? The pharmaceutical industry.

ALSIC (American Life Sciences Innovation Council) lobbies against Medicare and Medicaid using market power to negotiate lower prices. In two years, Walden’s received nearly $800,000 in contributions from pharma and health science companies that he directly regulates as chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. (Can you spell SWAMP?), including those profiting from overprescription of pain meds — the very firms that are defendants in lawsuits brought by state and local governments to recoup the costs to taxpayers from this highly profitable epidemic.

Walden’s ad was, at best, misleading. The pertinent information is easily discoverable on the internet. Does Walden think we’re too lazy to look?

Walden deserved the award from his big pharmaceutical donors. And he deserves to be voted out of office in November.

Art Baden


Good news on opioids

With all the negativity surround politics it’s easy to feel like nothing good is going on in D.C. But in just a week our very own Congressman Greg Walden helped get 25 bills that focus on the opioid epidemic all the way through the House of Representatives and over to the Senate.

That, I believe, is something we should take a moment to not only be thankful for but proud as well. More than 100 Americans die every day because of this crisis and I am very grateful that Greg Walden has made this issue his priority as chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Pat Tracy

Rogue River

The wrong path

I dislike political parties, nor do I blindly follow others when I know they are in the wrong. I have a question for the Trump Republicans concerning his policies and those who blindly follow and defend everything he does.

When Trump orders his appointed leadership to set up the gas chambers and ovens to eliminate illegal immigrants, will you still support Trump and his policies? Hitler convinced Germans the Jewish people were responsible for all Germany’s problems. Hitler had his cronies separate the Jewish men from women, children from parents. Hitler utilized some for manual labor and eliminated the others, including children.

Nazi propaganda convinced the German people it was “fake news” that such things were happening to the Jewish people. Due to the policies instituted by the leadership in the Republican Party, it appears this nation has started down that same path. Rather than stand up for what is right, those Republicans in Congress who could stop this president have either jumped on his bandwagon or are deserting the ship (by not campaigning for re-election, in essence surrendering to the despot). Further, walls designed to keep people out also keep people in. Think about this.

Randall Hale


Food vs. yachts

A 7-year-old boy recently informed me that “Trump lies.”

He was right. But our problems extend far beyond Trump’s deceit and manipulations.

Our nation is under attack by corporate-funded, greed-driven thieves and thugs, who have clearly taken over the GOP.

Case In point: On June 21, every Republican in the House voted for HR 2, a bill that would adversely affect children, seniors, 1.5 million veterans and low-income families by reducing SNAP benefits by $23 billion. This is a huge wealth transfer from those who need food to those who need a second yacht! (It was devised to compensate for the huge billionaire tax cut recently passed).

No Democrats voted for this immoral bill, but Rep. Greg Walden, the phony “veteran’s friend,” did.

Warning: If you or your parents rely on Medicare or Social Security, they are next on the Republican hit list. It won’t be “great.”

Lee Lull


Trump often lies

Is Lenin correct that “A lie told often enough becomes the truth”?

Trump tweet: Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the border with their horrible and cruel legislative agenda.

Truth: Trump is literally holding children hostage to get his unpopular border wall. He may think of it as leverage, but the rest of us should recognize it for what it is. It is a tragedy, born of a lie. He may refuse to take responsibility for what he has done, but that doesn’t mean the rest of us can’t see a lie for what it is, no matter how often he tells it.

Trump tweet: “only Congress could fix this.”

Truth: Really? His executive order demonstrates it as a whopper. Virtually everything it said about the policy is tossed aside with this order and is the legal equivalent of confessing to making false statements.

Don Bolles


Astroturf and plagiarism

While I whole-heartedly agree with Mr. Nelson’s opinion column Wednesday that form letters do not belong in the letters to the editor, I must add that I find his argument about them being plagiarized quite weak, if not spurious. Plagiarism is not just copying the words of others; it is doing so with the intent to defraud and without the originator’s consent.

When someone gives you text and encourages you to copy, edit, and disseminate it, that is not plagiarism. (One-sided examples don’t enhance an argument either, but that’s another matter altogether!)

Cara Davis-Jacobson


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