Maybe pigs will fly

According to OpenSecrets.org, a nonprofit group that tracks the money politicians get from donors, ostensibly to fund campaigns, Greg Walden has received $1,092,286 from the telecom industry over the last several years.

I was privileged to be at Walden's Town Hall in Medford, the one he was literally shamed into having by the folks at IndivisibleORD2, and watched in awe as he proclaimed without a twitch that the money he received from corporate donors did not effect his votes in any way, that people who gave him huge amounts of money got no more consideration than any other constituent. He said this as part of defending his vote to end net neutrality, opening the way for big donors to freeze out small users or charge more for high-speed internet access to smaller users.

Perhaps Walden is not a pathological liar like the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., and perhaps he really does pay as much attention to constituents who oppose him as to those who give him hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations. And perhaps, someday, pigs will grow wings and fly.

Ed Cooper

Gold Hill

Oppose GOP health care bill

Health insurance is more than a policy, it’s peace of mind. It’s knowing your family will be cared for and not having to worry about going broke when you get sick.

That’s why I strongly oppose the Senate health care bill. The more I learn about it, the less I like. Robbing health care from millions of Americans to give yet another tax cut to the rich and powerful is just plain cruel.

Our health care system needs to be improved — we all agree on that. But this bill would do exactly the opposite — for no other reason than greed. I urge Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden to vote no on the Senate health care bill.

Jaclyn Harris

Eagle Point

Supporting Long

In the past year, thoughtless race-related actions resulted in significant pain for many students at Ashland High School. For me, having lived in big-city, diverse neighborhoods (Detroit, Newark, Hartford) where we looked out for one another and had terrific times together, this situation is terribly troubling.

“I believe that students of color, including my child, should be able to walk around school without facing racial harassment,” said Kamilah Long. "I want to serve on the Ashland District School Board to prioritize creating a safe and welcoming learning environment for all students.”

Long would be the first African American woman to serve on the board. She is a producer, artist and professor, holding a master's in fine arts. Prior to moving to Ashland in 2014, she was Consultant for the Lowndes County Board of Education and a producer in Montgomery, Alabama. Here, she supported La Clinica’s fundraising event and oversaw the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s $5.1 million “Access for All” campaign.

Deep regard, respect and appreciation for differences are essential for the world to work equally well for everyone. Kamilah Long will do a great job on the School Board. Please support her bid to fill the vacancy.

Joanna Niemann

Ashland