A profound work of art

Humanity, it seems, is finally waking up. A young black woman from Olympia, Washington, Naima Lowe, has created the most brilliant and profound piece of artwork ever created by a human being. It’s titled “thirty-nine [39] questions for WHITE PEOPLE” and is now on display at the Medford Branch Library.

As I read through these questions I’m stunned into speechlessness and my heart is broken open by every one of them. And the last question brings them all to the point we humans must finally and fully acknowledge and accept: that love is everyone’s natural essence and has everything to do with everything in the whole universe. And, if we don’t all start conducting ourselves in alignment with this truth, this love, we are soon to be relegated to simply a sad memory in the history of the world.

I don’t think it matters who gets credit for bringing profound truth (love) to our attention. All that really matters is that we all simply accept the truth and start living our lives according to it.

Jackson Mayes (a white man)

Ashland

Restrict eminent domain

If approved, the LNG pipeline project would be a brazen misuse of eminent domain, which was historically used for “public good” projects like highways or schools. The public and private pipeline land seizures would be used to help sell Canadian natural gas to Asia for corporate gain, neither for public use nor for any other lasting public good.

Generations of Oregonians paid taxes that kept these pristine lands, watersheds, streams and rivers protected. The massive 100-foot-wide pipeline path would devastate these waterways, all in the name of profits for energy interests with lobbying influence.

Eminent domain was supposed to be applied only if it improved things for the American people, not for company profits. New legal protections must be enacted at the local level, thru a Community Bill of Rights measure that’s protected from corrupt state/federal structures of law.

This measure could ensure that eminent domain is held in check at the county level, immune from state/federal pre-emption. It would only be allowed for real public improvements, not for foreign or domestic corporations with money and political influence.

Patrick McDonald

Medford

Bill would change vote count

How many voters are aware that the Oregon Legislature is considering a bill that would radically change the way their votes are counted when voting for U.S. presidential candidates?

This proposal is called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Currently each state has a certain number of electoral votes that can be awarded to one or several candidates. Oregon has seven electoral votes, all awarded to the candidate who gets the most votes in Oregon.

The Legislature is considering a bill to change the way Oregon’s electoral votes are awarded. If the bill passes, Oregon’s electoral votes would go to the winner of the national popular vote. It would not matter who received the most votes in Oregon.

My own opinion is that Oregon’s electoral votes should go to the candidate preferred by Oregon voters, not the candidate preferred by California or Texas or Florida. Others may feel differently about this issue. However, given the importance of this issue, Oregon voters should let their state representatives and senators know how they feel about this.

Milicent Wewerka

Eagle Point