A mere 15 years before Medford and Alba, Italy, became sister cities, Alba had been a bloody battleground.

In April of 1945, Alba was occupied by Nazi forces and suffered under the brutal regime of Benito Mussolini's fascist government. In the previous months and weeks, partisans of the resistance movement fought valiantly to dislodge the occupiers and oppressors from their once peaceful city.

Many of the freedom fighters who made the ultimate sacrifice to free their families, their city and their country were still in high school. They fought in the narrow streets of the ancient city and in the surrounding hills long before American boots marched triumphantly on the cobblestones of Alba. For 23 days in the autumn of 1944, Alba had bravely proclaimed itself as the independent Republic of Alba.

On April 25, Italy honors these heroes and the Allied forces who defeated the Axis powers. Liberation Day is the official day of celebration throughout Italy.

We don't have many days to celebrate in April. Why not raise a glass of wine on Liberation Day and toast our friends in Alba as they observe this joyous and solemn event in history that we Americans share with them. — Doug Snider, Medford

That corporations should have personhood was never debated by the Supreme Court. The position stems from a chief justice who simply stated that all members of the court agree with the opinion. Some assertions are so absurd as to defy the need for debate. This is one such. If corporations are persons, they:

  • Have the right to seek election to local, state and federal office
  • Have the right to marry another corporation or person
  • Can suffer legal decisions that result in their incarceration or execution
  • Should be subjected to taxation at the same rate as persons

Reflection upon the consequences of corporate personhood underlines the absurdity of the notion.

The Supreme Court's Citizens United decision exaggerated an already absurd notion by allowing corporations to make unlimited campaign contributions under the guise of freedom. Already the primaries have demonstrated the consequences of this decision as unaccountable super PACs have been massively funding advertising campaigns spreading lies about candidates. This pollutes elections and compromises democracy.

The Supreme Court sullied an electoral process already awash in too much money; the problem will get worse unless we, the people, reverse the decision through a constitutional amendment rejecting the personhood of corporations. — Alan Journet, Ashland

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