Bigger monument is better

Here in the Rogue Valley, we should embrace policies that protect our surrounding public lands while promoting economic policies that attract the jobs of the future and train our local workforce. Our public lands should be valued as an economic asset and a major factor in our region’s quality of life. That’s why I support a Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument expansion.

I attended all four recent county commissioners’ meetings and witnessed a great deal of local support for expanding the monument. Support is strong in local communities, includes landowners living within the monument and extends to all corners of our region. There have been ample opportunities for all sides to participate in this process (Nov. 13 column by Commissioner Roberts). I know because I have participated myself.

I want to thank our U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden for their continued leadership on this issue. Protecting our watersheds, improving the natural scenery and increasing outdoor recreation opportunities will make the Rogue Valley an even greater place to live and do business. I hope President Obama expands the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument because I believe a bigger monument is better for our region.

Dan Roper

Ashland

Incapable of respect?

President-elect Trump spent much of his campaign promoting bigotry; bigotry toward African Americans, disabled people, Latinos, Muslims, women. That bigotry revealed a lack of respect for a majority of Americans.

Shortly after winning the election, Trump stated that he wanted to be the president for all Americans. However, as an article in the Nov. 15 Mail Tribune reported, Trump appointed Stephen Bannon, a promoter of bigotry, to be his chief strategist in the White House. With this appointment, how can President-elect Trump expect to truly be the president for all Americans?

This appointment also raises another concern. Bannon, in addition to promoting white supremacy, is also anti-Semitic. Trump's daughter Ivanka, her husband Jared Kushner and their three children are Jewish. Is President-elect Trump totally incapable of respect for members of his own family?

Victor Mlotok

Phoenix

The right woman will earn it

“Clinton’s defeat means loss of chances for women on the rise” (Nov. 16). Really? My view is that with the long shadows of heir-apparent Clinton finally gone we will see the emergence of many younger strong women.

Powerful women prime ministers have led their countries for more than 40 years: Indira Ghandi (India 1970s), Golda Meir (Israel 1970s), Margaret Thatcher (Great Britain 1980s) and Angela Merkel currently in Germany. These women didn’t know about the glass ceiling. Their historically male-dominated parties elected these women because they were the most qualified, not because of their gender.

Hillary Clinton was unfortunately a flawed candidate, the victim of expectations rooted in both a personal and national sense of political entitlement, and beset by a long public history of skirting the edges of the legal system. She was finally caught in a web of her own making, when her private server ultimately revealed not only damaging emails but gross negligence in handling top-secret documents.

Yes we will have a woman president. The right one will not ask for our vote because she is a woman. She will earn it with her own great qualifications.

Barbara Johnson

Medford

Pendleton is here

Greg Stiles' article about Pendleton coming to the Rogue Valley incorrectly stated that one needed to buy online or drive hours to find Pendleton merchandise.

Paddington Station's sister store, Inspired by Oregon, at 131 E. Main St. in Ashland, has carried a full line of Pendleton since opening 18 months ago.

I would like to remind shoppers to shop small to keep their hard earned dollars in our valley. Thank you!

Pam Hammond Morris, co-owner, Paddington Station and Inspired by Oregon

Ashland