Disrespecting working people
After thousands of disappointed voters asked Rep. Greg Walden to hold a town hall in Medford so he could hear from his constituents, he finally did it — at 7:30 in the morning.
His constituents deserve answers. He knows that at that hour people who have jobs to get to and children to drop off at school will have a hard time attending.
The whole idea of a town hall is for him to listen to his constituents — so that we know that he cares about what is happening to us. We are teachers, nurses, firefighters and school employees concerned about how we can still afford to live with all the potential cuts to essential services like health care and public education which are being discussed.
I ask him to take some time to reconsider how accessible his town hall meetings are. We need to work together in unity to solve the real issues workers are facing. We need his help in achieving this goal.
Remember, this is why we voted for him.
Practice balanced journalism
I have been a heavy consumer of public broadcasting all my adult life. In fact, I began my working life at Ohio State University’s WOSU-Television back in 1960.
Today, our local station, KSOR, is conducting its bi-annual pledge drive. This is done against the backdrop of President Trump’s vow to terminate or curtail federal support of that service. Are the KSOR announcers giving the threat serious consideration? It seems not. Rather, they are using the threat to coerce contributions from the listeners.
On the other hand, National Public Radio’s uber-liberal Scott Simon just may have smelled the coffee. This is the same week president struck a Syrian air force base and Simon actually chose to interview a supporter of the president’s action. To be sure, he followed that with a liberal NPR staffer’s opinion, but that’s fine. Does public broadcasting merit de-funding? Perhaps. On the other hand, if it simply engages in truly balanced journalism, it might not only enjoy but deserve continued taxpayer dollars.
See 'Leading Ladies'
The Collaborative Theater Project is putting on a delightful play called "Leading Ladies."
We saw the Sunday matinee and there were more people in the cast than in the audience. This was very sad. The cast gave a wonderful performance that could not have been better if the house was packed.
This was their third play of the year and there are six more this year. If you want to see an extraordinary performance in an intimate theater treat yourself to a play at the Collaborative Theater (ctporegon.org).
Support transplant help
The Children's Organ Transplant Association organizes communities across the country to raise funds for transplant-related expenses. Here in Medford, Alejandro, 10, waits for a kidney transplant. Alejandro’s family has turned to COTA for life-saving assistance and support.
COTA funds help with expenses such as food, lodging and transportation while the family is at the transplant center and co-pays, deductibles, medications and assistance with household expenses while a parent is out of work during the time of the transplant.
Since 1986, nearly a quarter million generous Miracle Makers have made contributions to ensure transplant-needy children and young adults receive a second chance at life.
April is National Donate Life Month. Every day 22 people die waiting for an organ transplant here in the United States. One organ donor can save eight lives. Alejandro needs you to register today as an organ donor at donatelife.net, and to support COTA in his honor at www.COTAforAlejandroM.com.