While I agree with the sentiment expressed in Mr. McKay's letter published Aug. 22, his correspondence does unfortunately contain a significant factual error.
It is the Declaration of Independence and not, as Mr. McKay writes, the Constitution of the United States that contains the avowals that "all men are created equal" and that "they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights." Further, when we read the pronouncements that Jefferson, ahem, borrowed from Locke about "life" and "liberty" being unalienable rights, it is mistaken to conceive of those rights as absolute or unlimited. When our laws are broken we certainly do deprive people of their liberty and sometimes, abhorrently, their lives, but not without (theoretically, at least) due process of law, as guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.
However, his oversight as to the correct founding document notwithstanding, Mr. McKay correctly notes that our founders enshrined in the Declaration the conviction that all people are endowed with these and other precious unalienable rights, not just Americans or English-speakers, as so many of late sadly seem to believe. — Chris Welton, Medford
The Mail Tribune has a policy of not printing a letter that, in its opinion, "contains factual errors." Presumably, this policy is not applied selectively against only letters expressing a view with which the editorial staff disagrees.
It came then as something of a surprise to read Scott McKay's letter of Aug. 22, in which he states "Our Constitution says we are endowed by our creator with the rights the Constitution seeks to protect." Not so! The Constitution is completely silent regarding the source of the rights it is designed to secure.
Every adequately informed citizen knows that the language that Mr. McKay paraphrases is found in the second paragraph of our Declaration of Independence. Surely, since the editorial staff would not knowingly violate its own policy against printing factual errors, its members also must have been ignorant of our founding documents. The MT's editorial staff obviously needs a refresher course in civics to restore its credibility. — Robert D. Snider, Medford
Thanks to the Mail Tribune for publishing the article on the Swindell Center featuring Jack Glaser. As a mother of a child with Down Syndrome and a board member of the Down Syndrome Association of Southern Oregon (DSASO), I understand the importance of having resources and support available in our community. The Swindell Center will certainly benefit many families.
I would also like to mention that since 1979, DSASO has been actively helping families with children who have Down syndrome. For new and expecting families, we have new parent packets and a group of local families who have children with DS who are happy to meet with them.
DSASO publishes a quarterly newsletter and hosts several social activities throughout the year. Our latest project is developing a reading kit that can be used to teach children with DS (and other disabilities) how to read.
We look forward to working closely with the Swindell Center to help families meet the challenges of raising a child with a disability. DSASO can be reached at 541-664-6555 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We would like to invite everyone to join us at our annual Buddy Walk in Hawthorne Park on Oct. 6. — Maria Thorpe, Phoenix
Impeachment is the only constitutional remedy for an executive branch that has ignored and flouted the rule of law. The criminal malfeasance of the Bush administration is now the clearest case in American history for employing the constitutional framers' most essential check.
If, at this critical moment, the United States Congress fails to act, history will judge it equally as culpable as the Bush administration! — Daniel Guy, Medford