Diversity born of prejudice

A candidate for the next president of our local college, a Mr. Michael Tidwell, visited the Southern Oregon University campus recently,

Mr. Tidwell mouthed the usual homilies about diversity and the “need” to diversify the student population. I asked myself, why? Think carefully — what is necessary and good about the diversity movement?

I have asked the question often, looking for concrete, factual benefits of these efforts. To date, I have received none — only the occasional flabby assertions that diversity is somehow “a good thing.”

Unfortunately, I have been forced to conclude that this movement is born of prejudice, of an inherent belief that some folks are less worthy than others and need a leg up they themselves are incapable of managing. Clearly implied is that there is a lofty aerie populated by accomplished persons who have a responsibility to reach down and haul others into their august presences. Kind of sad, actually.

Hubert Smith

Jacksonville

Walden represents us

In response to "Impeach Congress," June 1: Impeach Congress because it is Republican held and they have done nothing? May I remind the author that most bills coming out of Congress need the president’s signature, and he is stuck in veto mania.

It is the president’s failure, not the Congress. As for Congressman Greg Walden, the gentleman did not do his homework. Congressman Walden continues to be the creator of bills to help the military, recently held a forum on the opioid problem affecting many lives in the valley and is working to find solutions for this problem with several bills already in Congress.

He has also written four bills on our forestry problems with Congressmen DeFazio and Schrader. Not to mention his town halls, where he spends hours taking questions and solving problems. If this isn't being dedicated to represent his constituents, I don’t know what is.

Ruth Brodman

Medford

Tiny homes work

Tiny homes are an idea for which the time has come.

This trend makes Mr. Bennington and the Southern Oregon Builders uncomfortable. I understand that. Tiny homes represent a shift in the business model for traditional builders. Successful businesses don’t like change. Builders have made a good living selling people large, single-family homes.

Tiny homes cost far less than traditional homes. They fit on small lots. They are perfect for people who aren’t interested in or can’t afford large homes and the property required. I propose that builders can succeed in the tiny homes model as well. And their customer base will increase.

The homeless are just one group that will benefit. In this time of downsizing, shrinking middle class and concern for our environmental footprint, tiny homes are a perfect answer.

I recently built a small living space. It was fun, affordable and a creative outlet. I was able to create a unique and creative environment in just 300 square feet. Once finished, friends and relatives asked if I could build the same for them. But I can’t, because building codes and zoning laws haven’t caught up with our changing needs and interests. We should change that.

Paul Murdoch

Jacksonville