LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Credit goes to the Tribune for printing opposing views of social and political issues of the day. However, "opposing views" is not accurate because we're debating on an uneven playing field.

Letters supporting the wealthy and powerful draw from a different ideology than those supporting the will of the people. Too much of our media is dominated by the corporatist elite, namely insurance companies and pharmaceutical manufacturers. While protecting their billions, they purchase ads that falsely demonize programs designed to serve us all, such as universal health care. It astonishes me that too many middle- and low-income citizens vote, and protest, against their own self-interest.

For over 230 years our country has shifted between the forces of wealth and power that strive to maintain the status quo, and the activism of the general populace that moves our democracy forward.

Progressive initiatives often emerge to clean up the messes left by previous administrations. Currently, we are going through another time of rebuilding. Throughout our history progressive movements are credited with all major democratic and social innovations, from the Constitution itself to civil rights. Our country was created of, by and for the people, not for the few at the top. — Dennis Rasmussen, Rogue River

Oregon's impressive new Attorney General John Kroger "can do a better job if he is engaging the public," as you noted in your May 18 news story. Yet the Mail Tribune failed to cover his visit here on May 3, when Kroger spoke to hundreds of people at a free public forum in Ashland, sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and SOU.

Kroger discussed his priorities, including consumer and environmental protection and drug treatment to lower crime rates. He shared some of his life story — that he joined the Marines after high school, attended Yale Law School a few years behind Barack Obama, prosecuted violent Mafia criminals in New York, used an eight-week trial delay to bicycle across America, and became a law professor at Lewis & Clark University in Portland. He will be married this summer in Ashland.

Kroger thoughtfully responded to questions from the audience. I asked about better collaboration between a state's judicial and social welfare systems, an issue confronting my public defender son. I appreciated the respect our state's chief prosecutor showed for the lawyers who toil on the other side — defending the accused. We are fortunate having John Kroger serving Oregonians. — Betty R. Kazmin, Medford

How appropriate! The May 18 front page features a pro-abortion president speaking at — of all places — a Catholic university, right next to the headline asking, "Where are the children?" Complete with a very skeptical little boy casting a wary eye in Mr. Obama's direction.

As he peddles his pro abortion agenda to the world, millions of babies aborted, some still ask, "Where are the children?" When will we finally get it? — Tracy Van Hee, Eagle Point

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