Recently Jeff Golden opined that the tea party and the Occupy Wall Street movement could combine and thus become a very strong force in politics. He claimed that the movement would combine if members of both groups would unite around five ideas he claims they have in common.
Golden's opinion demonstrates a lack of knowledge concerning movements. Movements have devils!
Example: Hitler's devil was the Jew. Jews were not very popular in Europe and having a common dislike or hate brings people together to oust the devil. Candidate Obama's devil was President Bush. President Obama's devil is the rich.
The Occupy Wall Street movement and the tea party movement have contrasting devils. Yes, different devils, thus the movements will never unite. The Occupy Wall Street movement's devil is the top 1 percent. The tea party's devil is a combination of President Obama's stimulus package, Obamacare and the $15 trillion national debt.
The Wall Street protesters will not vote Republican. Tea party members will not vote for President Obama. So, Jeff, the right is right and the left is left, and never the two will twine.
The tea party affected elections. The Occupy Wall Street movement will keep the uneducated educated in the Obama camp. — Bill Hartley, Medford
The decision by the City Council to allow the airport to "brand" the tower is, plain and simple, money grubbing. Karen Blair thinks the "brand" might be offensive to other airlines coming into Medford. I can guarantee it will be offensive to the people who have to drive by it every day. Once again, the almighty dollar has won. Why am I not surprised? — Denyse Horsburgh, Ashland
Tea partiers are disgruntled with government corruption, out-of-control government spending, lack of leadership, congressional incumbents, etc. Occupy Wall Streeters are disgruntled with corporate greed, lack of jobs, bank bailouts, congressional partisanship, deregulation, war, etc. Both consider themselves the 99 percent.
Occupiers and tea partiers are set against each other via the news media.
Wake up, 99 percent! The 1 percent are those behind the scenes controlling government. They are the Wall Street, banking and corporate moguls and their bought-and-paid-for politicians, i.e., those the 99 percent allegedly elect. The 1 percent love to pit the 99 percent against each other. The 1 percent have been doing this for millennia. It is called "divide and conquer."
The 1 percent are Lucifer's minions. The 99 percent are slaves within a system the 1 percent created. Do you really think the 1 percent are going to willingly surrender a system they created to provide themselves with wealth, comforts, and power over their 99 percent slaves? The 1 percent pretend and have convinced the 99 percent that the 99 percent are free, and live in a free nation. That is one among many illusions coming to an end in the 1 percent's New World Order. — Randall Hale, Medford
We strongly object to placing advertising on the airport control tower.
It is not an old barn in Iowa with its Mail Pouch tobacco ad. It is not a highway billboard with its beer ads.
It is a structure designed to safely aid aircraft in takeoff and landing, and is highly visible both from the air and throughout northern Medford and environs. It should reflect the dignity and beauty of our communities.
What next, ads on the bumpers of our police cars and fire engines?
Please find revenue from other sources, rather than deface our publicly owned facilities! — Leo and Sylvia Bardes, Medford
The obvious and rational answer to the disagreement over deficit reductions proposed from the two political parties is spending cuts and increased revenue from the top-tier wealthiest Americans in equal amounts.
The ratio between revenue increase and spending cuts should be 1 to 1, and they should go big like President Obama proposed earlier this summer. Anything less only shows the intransigence of the Republican party and the spinelessness of the Democratic Party in protecting what is left of the middle class.
It is a sad state of affairs when a special supercommittee has to do the work of the rest of Congress, and incredible that it actually failed. I'm starting to hope for cuts across the board and Bush tax cuts to expire. Congress, you pizza worshipers (pizza is a vegetable, really?), stop embarrassing yourselves and just go home! — Charles Moranetz, Merlin
In response to G.E. Myers' letter to the editor and other opinions, there are several points regarding the parking issues that need to be clarified.
First, the city hired a Portland consultant to create parking about six months prior to the time the city created the Parking Commission.
Second, the consultant developed several plans prior to the first Parking Commission meeting. Therefore, the commission had no input into those plans.
Third, the Parking Commission was asked to pick one of those plans and was never given the opportunity of developing its own plan.
Fourth, the Parking Commission asked the council for four small changes to the least objectionable of the four plans, and clearly stated to the council that if it adopted all four changes the commission members were prepared to support the plan. The council adopted only three of the four changes and the Parking Commission, therefore, never endorsed any of the plans.
So, if you or anyone else has problems with the parking plan, the best plan of action is to go to a Medford City Council meeting and express your concerns directly to them because no one else has the authority to change it. — Fred E. Robinson, chairman, Medford Parking Commission
It has come to my attention lately that we have among us many deserving and unsung heroes. We have assumed that just like the next day's sun rising that our faithful mail carrier will be here also. However, as America turns all its attention to the electronic gadgetry of our new century, it leaves the handwritten letter blank and forgotten.
The postal system goes back over 250 years. From the Pony Express to the mail carrier delivering letters and parcels at a time when many of them had no automobile. History and romantic literature is filled with poignant messages placed inside rose-scented envelopes.
You can give your local postal worker a huge hug. Make his mailbag a bit heavier. It's nearly December. Why not send Christmas cards the old fashioned way? Our post office is not a store or a new iPod, it is the mail-delivery system steeped in history and tradition. I think it deserves our acknowledgement and patronage.
A mailed letter is someone's thoughts they so personally expressed just to one special person where it remains as long as the reader wishes to keep it. An endearment unlike another ever expressed. Letters and recent 2011 stamps remind us that they last forever! Perhaps we need to understand the significance of mail delivery even in a modern world. — Helen Murawski, Phoenix