Letters to the editor: Aug. 6

Letters to the editor: Aug. 6

Remembering Hiroshima-Nagasaki

Today, Aug. 6, is 72 years since the U.S. destroyed the Japanese city of Hiroshima with a nuclear bomb, and is the opening day of Rogue Valley's 32nd Annual Hiroshima-Nagasaki (H/N) observance. This year's theme is "Stepping Back from Nuclear War: The World’s Call to Peace," and highlights the efforts of 122 nations to abolish nuclear weapons with a Nuclear Weapons Ban treaty. The four-day H/N schedule of events is available at

The U.S., France, and Britain have attacked the treaty, stating they “do not intend to sign, ratify or ever become party to it.” CounterPunch writer David Krieger responded, noting that these nations “have never shown enthusiasm for banning and eliminating nuclear weapons”... (so it is unsurpising that) “they joined together in expressing their outright defiance of the newly-adopted treaty.”

In light of this opposition to responsible and sane actions by 122 nations that have signed the Nuclear Ban Treaty, we, as concerned citizens, can help ensure that these actual weapons of mass destruction are abolished. Local residents are invited to learn more about the U.N. Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug 8, at the Medford Library via films, displays, petitions, formal talks and guided discussions.

Ivend Holen


Much more to OLLI offerings

Readers unfamiliar with the excellent OLLI program could easily be mislead by Peggy Dover's recent column, "A Visit with OLLI at SOU." The only course she mentions in the wordy front page portion of her column is Scrabble.

Allow me to paint a more accurate picture of the wealth of courses offered in various semesters. "The 2016 Supreme Court at Work" taught by a retired professor of law. "The History of Oregon in the Civil War," taught by a retired docent at the Smithsonian Museum. "Information Technology in our Daily Lives," taught by a 30-year IT and networking veteran. "Charles Darwin — His Life and Time," taught by a former university professor. "Being a Pundit — Following the 2016 Presidential Election," taught by a retired Washington D.C. journalist.

There are also courses in the arts, literature, personal exploration and other categories. More than 100 courses will be offered this fall. Most are taught in Ashland, but many excellent ones are at the Higher Education Center in Medford.

One can go online to to see a complete list and how to register. Or phone 541-552-6048 for information. Registration is underway now.

My husband and I are grateful for the dozens of OLLI classes we have taken during the past decade, and for the special friendships we have made.

Betty Kazmin


Legislature missed its chance

It seems such a shame to me that the Oregon legislative leadership was unable (unwilling?) to push through legislation to reduce Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions during the recent session.

The Clean Energy Jobs Act, if passed, would mean Oregon has joined California and a few other states in enacting a “cap and trade” system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Unfortunately, leadership never allowed the bill to get out of committee. I blame Gov.Kate Brown and Senate President Peter Courtney (both Democrats, who had firm control in both houses of the Legislature).

Kate Brown has met with Gov. Jerry Brown of California and Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington and declared an alliance aimed at reducing emissions. Jerry Brown and the California Legislature have delivered. Kate Brown, not so much.

After four years of kicking this can down the road, it’s time for action, and I hope that action will happen in the short session of the Legislature, which begins next February. And I hope that Kate Brown will use her bully pulpit to push for passage and that Senate President Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek will decide to let the bill come up for a vote. If not, why not?

Allen Hallmark


Dignity lacking in D.C.

Dignity. Where is it these days? In the dictionary, yes, but surely not in Washington, D.C.! The vulgar language emanating from some our government appointees and politicians reflects the need to have their mouths washed out with soap. They should learn to have respect for themselves, as well as for us, and the government they represent.

Pat Parsons


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