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  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • Regarding Charles Krauthammer's column, "Ukraine: The wages of weakness": Shame on Putin for trying to emulate President Bush, but even though my brain is convoluted I can't follow Republican logic that it's somehow Obama's fault. Russia invaded Ukraine. Oh, that's right — everything is Obama's fault. So what would they do about it that he hasn't done, bomb Russia? — Michael Steely, Medford
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  • Regarding Charles Krauthammer's column, "Ukraine: The wages of weakness": Shame on Putin for trying to emulate President Bush, but even though my brain is convoluted I can't follow Republican logic that it's somehow Obama's fault. Russia invaded Ukraine. Oh, that's right — everything is Obama's fault. So what would they do about it that he hasn't done, bomb Russia? — Michael Steely, Medford
    Dennis Patterson (March 6) got his, so he's not going to contribute any more.
    His kids went to college and he's retired now, so apparently his responsibility to support our schools has ended. He blames the teachers' union for "poor performance" — even though Medford schools are doing increasingly better on state and national scores.
    Apparently, it's the teachers fault that Medford has the fourth-worst divorce rate of any city in the country, over 9 percent unemployment and almost 60 percent of its children qualifying for free lunches. If he doesn't think these statistics cause problems for teachers, he needs to think again.
    I sincerely hope he himself doesn't have a comfortable pension, live near a golf club or take any vacations — because that would make him a hypocrite. Personally, I think he ought to take off the blinders and look at what's really going on in our schools and how hard our teachers have to work with increasingly limited resources. Then maybe he'd understand that you don't just shrug off your community responsibilities once you've "got yours." — Grover Gardner, Medford
    When we moved to Rogue Valley Manor (RVM), we did not leave our Constitutional rights to "Free Speech" and "Peaceable Assembly" at the doors of Pacific Retirement Services (PRS Inc.) or RVM Inc. Those organizations must abide by the IRS Code to keep their special 501(c)(3) status.
    RVM residents are a wonderful mix, including retired CEOs, homemakers, entrepreneurs, veterans, teachers, missionaries, etc. We are well-qualified to manage our own actions and assets. In groups at dinner, we frequently carry our lively conversations well past the official closing hour. If we try to apologize to the dining room supervisor, we are warmly told, "Stay as long as you want. This is your home!" Our home!
    We pay taxes on our cottages and apartments, and we share the taxes on the common areas. We fund the staff and operating costs. The library, swimming pool, exercise rooms and the many meeting rooms for large and small interest groups are all part of our home!
    There is a big difference in attitude between PRS Inc. and the residents of RVM when it comes to political campaign activity. It's time for the residents and their RVM Board to have a talk with the PRS Board. — Raymond Engle, Medford
    The current saber rattling by the United States and Russia over Ukraine brings to mind the following quote from Albert Einstein: "I know not what weapons will be used to fight World War III, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." — Tom Brussat, Jacksonville
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