Lying politicians

Donald Trump lies. So? Show me a politician who doesn’t. PolitiFact probably has whoppers on record for almost any politician you can name, president or otherwise.

Perhaps the most successful politicians are actually the best liars. But do we hold our elected officials in such low esteem that we believe this to be an integral part of the persona?

Consider this: “But Mom/Dad, everyone does it.” Well, it must be OK then — not. If we wouldn’t accept this from our kids, then why excuse it for our elected officials, who are charged with considerable responsibilities and quite well compensated for their “service” via our tax dollars.

We need to start insisting on truth and honesty and not give our politicians a pass just because. I doubt that many of our current crop could pass muster, but if that means the West Wing and halls of Congress become echo chambers, so be it.

I’m ready to declare both major parties un-American (because their primary objective seems to be self-preservation) and start over. Pardon my cynicism, but I’ve been around a long time and it just seems to be getting worse.

Stan Loer

Grants Pass

Who sponsors Walden?

I was disappointed in the deliberately misleading full page advertisement in the Sunday, Aug. 27 MT (Page A9) which thanks Walden for “Protecting Senior’s Medicare Benefits.” The group paying for this ad is the Healthcare Leadership Council, which is entirely funded by medical “provider” associations, i.e., the groups that want to raise rates and payments to doctors, drug manufacturers and hospitals.

The truth is that the Independent Payment Advisory Board was created by Congress in 2009 to ensure that Medicare spending is below target levels and to make recommendations to reduce costs if it appears that spending will exceed targets. It has no regulatory power and cannot change rates, only make recommendations to Congress. It has not ever met yet because Medicare spending has been below target levels. They want it repealed so that they are exempt from “protections that ensure cost reductions do not lead to lower quality of care.”

This is a clear example that Walden does not represent you but the medical industry which continues to raise the cost of health care for all. It's time to remove him from office and get an honest representative working for us.

Tom Doolittle

Ashland

Wisdom deficit

Our finite existence should impel each of us to gain in-depth knowledge of the physical world and to demand evidence for beliefs that distort reality. Unfortunately, scores of incurious, gullible people in our society are not fact-finders. They traffic in disinformation.

Isaac Asimov’s statement in a 1980 “Newsweek” article has current relevance: “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States ... The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’ ”

Of the Trump regime’s unqualified department heads, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is the most ignorant. Grossly under-educated on environmental issues and beholden to donors in fossil-fuel industries, he advocates for big polluters and undermines the EPA’s historical role of protecting public health. What’s more, he’s replacing half of the scientific advisory board with industry-friendly advisors.

To further quote the late Dr. Asimov: “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”

Deficient in wisdom, this administration rebuffs science — to our peril.

Marie Arvette

Medford