Letters to the Editor, March 24

    Letters to the Editor, March 24

    Thoughts on recycling

    Since so little is now acceptable in the red bins and so much more goes in the black bins, why not make the bigger red bins the “trash bins” and the black bins the “recycle bins?”

    Once again, the elderly are being discriminated against, as it is much harder for them to get to recycling centers with glass and bottles, etc.

    Tamper-proof, hard plastic bubble packaging (unrecyclable) is only necessitated by irresponsible and illegal behavior such as shoplifting, tampering, etc.

    It does not take much effort to rinse plastic recyclables.

    As a responsible citizen and conscientious recycler, I am sick and tired of having to pay for the irresponsibility, laziness or just plain “illegalness” of others. We no longer seem to be a country of responsible citizens.

    I hope this doesn’t create an avalanche of hate mail, but perhaps, instead of coddling those in our jails with medical care, TVs, college education grants, etc., we need to go back to a Devil’s Island approach and let them all deal with each other on an isolated island. Let our taxes be used to help the responsible and deserving. Just some thoughts ...

    S&J Davey


    The last sane member

    Firing Tillerson was, in my mind, getting rid of the last sane member of the administration who had the courage to stand up to Trump. His dismantling of the government is now nearly complete. The other cabinet members are lackeys in charge of making impotent their own department.

    If anyone who voted for Trump is still the least bit happy with the outcome of his/her vote, it is only a sign of their intelligence. They should feel ashamed.

    T.M. Ewald


    Support CTE

    While “rigor” is a buzzword often implying college preparation, it is encouraging to see the Medford School District and community partners applying “rigor” to trade and technical programs. I’m excited that they’ve just decided to seek a bond extending the scope of and facilities for their Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.

    Much discussion on the relevancy of education seems to overlook the value of training in skills that are usable immediately upon graduation. In recent years, the Medford School District and business partners have increasingly worked to diversify school offerings to align with students whose images for their futures may not always include college.

    In their dedication to CTE, they are working diligently to increase educational relevance for a broader range of students. Furthermore, they will be allowing for post-secondary credit or industrial certifications when appropriate and offering the facilities for adult training.

    I urge everyone to vote yes for the bond measure. It’s a step that will enrich our region.

    Cindy Strine McDonald


    Gun control

    Marc A. Thiessen’s recent column regarding the so-called attack on the NRA demonstrates only that he is either a misinformed zealot or a disingenuous shill for the gun lobby.

    A cursory review of the history of the National Rifle Association reveals that it is not “a grass-roots organization made up of millions of decent, patriotic Americans,” but is actually the political arm of a gun manufacturing industry intent on increasing sales, and that this has been the case for decades. The suggestion that they are, at least indirectly, responsible for what happened in Parkland, Florida, is, contrary to Thiessen’s contention, not obscene, but rather an inescapable conclusion drawn from their actions and policies.

    The real obscenity is that American legislators have been cashing the NRA’s checks for so long with complete disregard for the safety of our children. Perhaps the strength and courage of the teenagers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will serve to end the exchange of American lives for gun industry profits, but I doubt it.

    After Sandy Hook, it became clear that Americans find the murder of their children to be a bearable reality. And the gun control debate was, at that point, effectively over.

    John Rose


    ‘Assualt’ rifles

    In his March 11 letter, Gaither Everett raises the fundamental quandary of the assault rifle question in pointing out that the Ruger “Ranch Rifle” (wholesomely named) is functionally indistinguishable from the now infamous AR-15 and that none such can be truly called “assault rifles” because they are not fully automatic (unless modified). As a former NRA member, enthusiastic shooter and former owner of several guns, I would like an honest answer as to what need a rancher would have for a rifle that can fire off a 15-round magazine as fast as one can pull the trigger.

    It is said that there is no way to ban assault rifles because there is no way to define them. I suggest dropping the name and adopting a functional definition based on high-capacity, rapid-fire capability that has no meaningfully legitimate civilian purpose.

    The Second Amendment assures the right to individual gun ownership by recent Supreme Court decision (which disregarded historical precedent) but it does not provide license irrespective of firepower or the characteristics of ammunition. In 1791, modern weapons and especially the current circumstances surrounding the arguments over the Second Amendment were certainly beyond imagination, as witnessed by its abstruse wording.

    Ted Gibbs


    The budget deficit

    On the back page when it should be the headlines on the front is the ultra-important news that the passage of the new budget projects that this year’s deficit will hit $873 billion, up a sharp 31.3 percent from last year’s imbalance of $665.8 billion. This issue should be far more important to every American citizen than the usual local headlines.

    You won’t look out the door and see that the sky is falling, but the future is dimming for all of us. Try going to the bank and taking out $100,000 dollars and deciding that you’ll just pay the interest and see how much you’ll owe after 10 or 20 years and then stop and think of those greedy, stupid people that have been elected to our Congress and Senate by many who expected them to look out for us common folks. Yep, the top 1 percent will let the rest of us continue to pay the interest in the form of taxes, but the loan will never get paid off if it is business as usual.

    Janet Crawford


    Shut down Jordan Cove

    I recently saw the documentary “Black Snake Killaz,” the story of a militarized police force that turned on the citizens of its country as they demonstrated against a project they deeply and passionately opposed. That project was the Dakota Access Pipeline.

    The stage is now set for a similar project to be built in Oregon. The Pacific Connector Pipeline would use eminent domain to steal land from property owners in order to line the pockets of a Canadian corporation to sell fracked natural gas to China and Japan. It would give a green light to more fracking, pulling more fossil fuels up from the earth in the first step to adding billions of tons of greenhouse gases to our already saturated atmosphere.

    It is the right — perhaps the obligation — of Oregonians and our neighbors to stand up against the Jordan Cove LNG Project. Gov. Kate Brown and her state agencies have the ability to stop this project, yet she remains silent. If FERC approves the pipeline, Governor Brown and her state agencies failure to shut it down will result in mass protests.

    Tell Governor Brown and Oregon’s environmental agencies to shut down the Jordan Cove Project. It is just wrong.

    George Lescher


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