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Letters to the Editor, May 22

Focus on mental illness

WhenFocus on mental illness

When the Second Amendment was passed, the firearms of the militia, civilians,and armies were all the same. They had muskets, but as time went by the guns have advanced.

The civilian firearms will never be as powerful as the police or military. All this talk of assault weapons: I’m curious, what’s an assault weapon? A weapon used to assault someone. Yet cars are used, hammers, knives, etc. Shall these be banned too?

Well, as liberal California Sen. Diane Feinstein says, “It’s legal to hunt humans with 15-, 30-, even 150-round magazines”. Last I checked murder is illegal, and tourism season doesn’t mean hunting humans.

Perhaps it’s time the uneducated left steps down, and stops pushing fear into others. People intent on hurting others will do so by any means neccessary. Start focusing on the mental illness issues instead of looking for a scapegoat.

Russ Vedder

Central Point

Replace Walden

I to am so ready to replace Greg Walden and I think Jamie McCleod-Skinner will do a wonderful job. She is smart in government functioning, experienced and educated, and she doesn’t buy BS. (Not that the city of Phoenix wasn’t famous for its BS, but we all wore waders whenever we attended City Council meetings until recently.)

I mean how dare she uncover discrepancies or not buy into the “Old Boys Club”? I worked with her when I was on the Phoenix City Planning Committee and found her friendly, informed, experienced and honorable.

Being a daughter of a West Pointer, intelligence and honor were the staffs I grew up with.

Judy Grillo

Phoenix

Parties switched platforms

Pete Miller’s letter of May 19 states that the KKK was originally connected with the Democratic Party. What he does not say is that between 1860 and 1936, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party switched platforms.

The Republicans were originally anti-slavery, and quite progressive in ways that the Democratic Party is today. The Democrats were the conservative party of the Civil War era, like the Republicans are today. So, to associate the KKK with the (modern) Democrats is, to quote Mr. Miller, “unfair and untrue.”

I come from a long line of proud liberals. At the turn of the last century they were proud Republicans. They would no doubt turn in their graves if they could see what has become of their beloved party!

Katharine Lang

Ashland

Armed Forces Day 2018

The Ashland Kiwanis Club placed flags at businesses and other locations around town on Saturday, May 19. This was in recognition of Armed Forces Day.

Based on the number of residents and tourists questioning why the flags on this day, I thought it might be appropriate to remind everyone what this day means.

Many Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day annually on the third Saturday of May. It is a day to honor Americans in uniform who served their country in times of peace and war. People who serve the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard are paid tribute for their commitments on this day. National Guard and Reserve units have the option of celebrating Armed Forces Day during any date in May, because their training schedules are often unique.

Ron Parker, president

Ashland Kiwanis Club

Hate has no place

When I heard that concerned citizens would be protesting the recent distribution of KKK fliers, I knew that I had to speak my piece at the Medford City Council meeting on May 17.

All of my grandparents and my mother’s younger sister were among the 6 million Jews who perished in concentration camps. They went up in smoke — they lost their voices, but I have mine.

I choked up addressing Mayor Wheeler and our council. But I managed to ask if they would be willing to publicly condemn these hateful actions, rather than just denouncing them behind the closed doors.

Here’s an excerpt from the City of Medford statement as of May 11, 2018.

“The City of Medford values diversity and condemns hate. City council has spoken out against this type of hate speech in the past by adopting a formal resolution stating its support for social and cultural diversity. The council continues to stand by that statement.”

I spent a half-hour googling this “resolution” with no success. I urge the City Council to take out a full-page Mail Tribune advertisement denouncing these hate act.

Hate incidents in Oregon are among highest in our nation. Hate has no place in our town!

Dasja Dolan

Medford

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