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Letters to the Editor, May 23

You can’t say that

Whether on the left or right of the political spectrum, people don’t feel free to express themselves today. They’re afraid of being censored, shamed, or boycotted for saying something politically incorrect.

PC isn’t just about inclusive language these days. It’s about cultural appropriation, implicit bias, and the structural oppression of women, people of color and “gender/sexed others” by “hetero-normative” white men. Today’s PC is rooted in ideology — a set of conscious and unconscious ideas that frame how we understand and experience the world. PC ideology is about conflict.

Examining these ideas with a science-based lens is often forbidden territory — not without good reasons. Yet avoiding them may make matters even worse. As Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker recently noted, making certain topics undiscussable often serves the interests of extremists who take science out of context and use it for nefarious purposes. It’s better to encourage thoughtful, open debate — exposing bad ideas through persuasion.

Join us for The Weekly TALK at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 3 at the Medford Library to explore political correctness. We’ll consider ways to be polite, understanding, truthful yet tolerant when people say things we find offensive — being good neighbors. Learn more at TheWeeklyTalk.com.

Rob Schlapfer

Medford

A possible solution

A possible solution to much of the school massacre violence:

Install one or more airport-quality walk-through metal detectors in strategic locations. Have trained people to operate these walk-through metal detectors.

Monitor all who come into the building and especially those who leave the building and return.

Parents must secure personal weapons at home. Strict penalties for parents who knowingly allow children of any age to bring weapons to school, or any public place.

Private donations plus possible federal help to under-funded schools, etc., to buy metal detectors.

Random serious weapons checking on all students.

Drop box for tips on dangerous or possibly more likely dangerous people.

Timothy Hunt

Medford

Soroptomists say thanks

Soroptimist International North Valley would like to thank our generous sponsors, raffle donors, student musicians, attendees, volunteers and the gracious hosts who shared their spectacular spring gardens for our recent May 19 Gardens For Good Tour. The six featured gardens were loving testimony to years of passionate work and creativity to showcase outdoor spaces of our magnificent valley.

Each year attendance increases significantly — indicating the quality of this event. Thanks also to the MT for the articles and postings that helped spread the word. This is our group’s primary fundraiser for the year and net proceeds directly empower local women of all ages to reach their greatest potential through programs that address health and wellbeing, education and economic independence.

If you have a garden you would like to share next May, please contact us soon at gardentoursinv@gmail.com

Geni Moots-Plotnick, Kathy Garrett

and Susie Schoonover, tour chairs

Gold Hill

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