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Letters to the editor, Sept. 12, 2018

Look deeper on fire

Are we merely provincial here in the Rogue Valley? Are we not aware that fires are now a worldwide phenomenon?

It is not just Oregon and California. It is New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, western Canada, Australia, northern Scandinavia, India and more. Does no light bulb blink on?

In the MT I read passionate arguments about forest management as if fiddling at the margins would save us. We have been ignoring warnings about carbon for decades and now we are in a defensive posture trying to cope with the consequences of our inaction. Yes, we have to mount expensive defenses but unless we take emergency action against carbon emissions the game is over.

Putting party above country is one thing, but putting party above species is a crime against humanity. As our leader might say, “Sad.”

Michael Sanford

Medford

Leftist antics

Crazed with rage at being out of power and lacking control over the American people, the Democrat Party is left with few options and so resorts to the tactics proposed by Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals,” especially Rule 13: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

Both Hillary Clinton, whose college thesis was on Alinsky, and President Obama used these tactics in lieu of having to defend indefensible positions and to advance their agendas.

Recently,we experienced this use of Alinsky’s Rule 13 when the family of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, close to tears, were escorted from the hearing room after seeing their father and husband falsely depicted as someone akin to the illegitimate spawn of Attila the Hun and Lissie Borden, and advocating the country’s immediate destruction.

The only action that would have made Sen. Feinstein smile would have been Judge Kavanaugh volunteering to commit hari-kari (suicide by self disembowelment) in the hearing room.

Why do we tolerate such anti-American and shameful shenanigans from our elected representatives? Aren’t they just petty totalitarian wanna-bees seeking to frustrate and hamper those who respect the Constitution and honor it as our governing document?

Dennis V. Sinclair

Medford

Walden’s give-take pattern

Reasons to support Greg Walden in a recent letter to the MT need significant adjustments. Walden pushes broadband internet for rural Oregon but voted to let internet providers charge extra for rapid, priority transmissions, penalizing individual and small-business users. Walden’s now committed to fighting the opioid crisis. Who isn’t? But just last year Walden accepted $400,000-plus from the pharmaceutical industry, which created this crisis by aggressively marketing new opiates as non-addictive. Walden voted for health insurance for children above the poverty level. Fine, but he also led Trump’s attempted repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The ACA covers all children and adults and includes Medicaid, which covers one out three children in the U.S.

Walden claims to be a conservative, but championed Trump’s tax cut for the 1 percent, which adds $25 trillion to our debt by 2027. Give a little, take a lot — that’s Walden’s pattern. Let’s vote him out.

Annice Black

Ashland

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