In reply to Mr. DeClussin's letter, "Japan started the war," Let me be very clear that his quote has been mistakenly attributed to me.
I have never sought nor expected apologies from anyone on the matter of the atomic bomb. I have no difficulty expressing my deepest regrets over the conduct of our military government although our American missionary teachers long warned us of the fall of man, chastening us to humility.
The wounds of wars are passed on generationally and healing from them are daunting tasks for all of us. I recently recommended a book written by a son of a Bataan March survivor who, like myself, came to reconciliation and valuing the resilience and gift of life.
Today, I chair a nonprofit organization, One Sunny Day Initiatives, connecting and affirming the value of friendship in collective healing. I am infinitely grateful, at the same time, for those Americans who feel and express regrets over the use of two nuclear weapons. My terror of horrific death of my own as a Hiroshima survivor since is put to rest even though I never need you to offer an apology. But your expression gives an opportunity for me to offer our apology. Thank you. — Hideko Tamura-Snider, Medford
Apparently the GOP and all their "workers" in the Congress are part of the "ol' boy elite problem." How can they not refuse these political handouts/waivers from Obamacare. No wonder the Republicans lost the election — I'd say they're less than adequate to reflect the moral concept of "standing up for one's principles." — Jerry Sawtelle, Medford
Regarding Greg Egan's letter Aug. 14, "Work harder first," I would like to extend an invitation to Mr. Egan to come and spend the day with me in my classroom of 33 third graders. My day begins at 6:30 a.m. and usually ends sometime after 4 p.m. Please wait until after Sept. 3, when students are present, which makes my day just a little more complex.
I also want to thank Mr. Egan for elevating my level of importance from being a third grade teacher to being responsible for all of Medford School District's graduation rates. What ever happened to "It takes a village to raise a child," in which every adult in a child's life takes responsibility? Wait, that idea won't work because then we can't blame teachers.
By the way, I was in a "Best Practices in Math Teaching" class on my own time in the summer when I read Mr. Egan's letter. See you in the fall! — Cheryl Lashley, Talent
The NFL commercials are becoming more racist.
Commercials show one or more guys in a setting. One of the guys is shown as nerdy, dorky or of small physical or mental stature. The "dork" is always white and the "cool" one, the stronger one, is black.
This year they've added a commercial where one person is on another's shoulders. In every case the stronger man on the bottom, supporting the weaker "nerdy" guy on top, is black. The messages are "the black guy is cool and the white guy isn't cool." In another commercial there are two black guys talking to a nerdy white guy cleaning their pool.
This tricky stuff doesn't speak well for the NFL or trying to help us become more loving of one another. There is one commercial of Matt Ryan holding a white guy on his shoulders and a black guy holding a white gal on his shoulders. There is no white guy holding the black guy up, but only the black guy holding the white guy up. The message is that the white guy is more dependent on the black guy than the other way around. — John Smith, Rogue River
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and "partners" are sponsoring 12 youth hunts throughout Oregon in September hoping to swell the (fortunately) dwindling ranks of hunters. Children 17 and younger will be taught to kill captive-bred, non-native pheasants.
Children will probably hold the animals they have killed and will be expected to feel proud. Pride in taking a life is an obscene value to teach a child!
Our country is sadly infamous worldwide for its pervasive, out-of-control gun culture. The U.S. is the only developed country that has failed (deliberately and miserably) to deal with gun violence. We tolerate rampant bloodshed in the name of "constitutional rights".
In the first six months after 20 young children and six adults were massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary School, there were roughly 5,000 gun deaths in this country (based on CDC estimates). What will it take to wake us up and inspire us to confront the all-powerful gun lobby?
Teaching children that gratuitous killing is not only acceptable but admirable is reprehensible. Once one becomes comfortable with guns and killing, it can be far too easy to use the gun against others in anger or against oneself in despair. — Susan Bauer, Talent
As I was driving toward Jacksonville on South Stage Road Tuesday morning I could see there was an accident ahead. As I pulled over, I could see an elderly male bicyclist was lying on his back with a group of onlookers gathered around him but unable to respond other than calling 9-1-1. Then another man approached, asking few questions but immediately knelt down and took the man's pulse and vital signs. The bicyclist had no pulse and was not breathing.
Without hesitation, the man immediately began giving CPR and continued for more than 10 minutes until the paramedics arrived. The bicyclist began to respond as the paramedics moved in. He still needed the medical attention of the EMTs, but without the quick thinking and CPR given by the man, the bicyclist would have died. Along with the other bystanders, we witnessed an angel saving a life. His name is John Bowling and that day, he was truly an angel. — Pete Cislo, Phoenix