Walden goes along

What a difference a year makes. What a difference an election makes!

In December 2015, our very own Congressman Greg Walden stood up to a GOP presidential primary candidate, saying that the proposed Muslim ban was “not what we’re about as a country.” But now, immediately after now-President Trump’s ban on Muslim refugees (except, of course, for those from Muslim countries in which he has business interests), Greg is much less certain as to “what we’re about as a country.”

Read his statement on the issue. In it, he essentially comes out in support of Trump’s executive order (but it’s written in a cleverly mealy-mouthed manner). Do nothing to offend him, Greg!

If only this was first time in his career that Greg’s shown unwillingness to have the courage of his previously stated convictions and defend the rights of the few. It’s not surprising that he’s coming to be known to some constituents as “Go-along-to-get-along Greg.”

Jeff LaLande

Talent

Should we not act?

Republican politicians are evolving their response to questions about climate change to avoid sounding like idiots. Many are no longer deniers or saying they don't know because "I'm not a scientist" but instead are now stating that the climate is changing and the planet is warming but it's uncertain how much is due to the burning of fossil fuels because that's not possible to precisely measure.

Well, "precisely" speaking, they've got us there. Explaining that every other significant cause has been scientifically ruled out has already been tried with them. Perhaps it is time to argue that they had better assume that fossil fuels are the cause because that's all we can control to attempt to alleviate disaster.

With continued warming, eons of stored greenhouse gases will be uncontrollably released into the atmosphere by melting permafrost and the time will have passed for us to be able to do anything to stop an accelerating cycle of rising temperature. Should we not act before panic or hopelessness replaces complacency?

Ted Gibbs

Ashland

Compare and contrast

C.S. Chase's complaint about the "anti-Trump diatribes" in your Letters section is quite the diatribe itself: a barrage of name-calling, exaggeration and generalized vitriol.

As a military brat and former professor at the United States Naval Academy, I find plenty of specific reasons to stand right there among Chase's "whiners and marchers" and "socialist-anarchists." (There is such a thing?) Here's just one.

Recall Obama's remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast last year: "I pray that our leaders will always act with humility and generosity ... that my failings are forgiven ... that we will see each child as our own, worthy of our love and compassion ... [that we will] stand up for justice and ensure that every human being lives in dignity." Compare them to what Trump had to say this year: "We had tremendous success on 'The Apprentice' and when I ran for president, I had to leave the show ... They hired a big, big movie star, Arnold Schwarznegger, to take my place. And we know how that turned out. The ratings went down the tubes ... And I want to just pray for Arnold if we can, for those ratings, OK?"

Molly Tinsley

Ashland