I loathe agreeing with Sheriff Winters, but I have to agree with his Second Amendment stand.
I, _____ , do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of Oregon, and the Laws therefore, and I will faithfully, honestly, and impartially discharge the duties of a _____ during my continuance therein, to the best of my ability, so help me God.
That is basically the oath that Oregon elected public officials, such as the sheriff, take. Notice, their primary duty is to support the United States and Oregon constitutions. These constitutions are the supreme law in Oregon. These constitutions limit the government officials. All laws legislated and enforced in Oregon are required to abide by the limitations as set forth in these constitutions.
I recommend those who are ostracizing Sheriff Winters look up the primary meaning for the word discharge.
But, Sheriff Winters, his jail deputies and the courts choose to ignore Amendment VIII and other constitutional restraints repeatedly.
It exasperates me that most people seem to care less that elected government officials daily violate the very supreme law they take an oath to support. — Randall Hale, Medford
When your supermarket sees its garbage containers have more produce in them than they are selling over the counter, it's a sign that their prices are too high.
The garbage containers are full! Overflowing. And the poor are starving. This is a sign of pure, unmitigated greed!
Is this Medford ... or Warsaw?
And we are worrying about overtaxing the wealthy? Perhaps we need a little bit of "class warfare." — Ed Scanlin, Medford
As William Cater states in his letter, it is legislative bodies who pass laws that Sheriff Winters must enforce. He is not under any restriction to enforce executive orders of the president of the United States, which are no more than orders to his federal employees.
Obviously you and a few others do not support Winters and several other sheriffs around the country, but others applaud their stand. — Ronald Quadros, Central Point