Stand up to bullies

Please read with open hearts:I’m praying every day that God will give humanity another chance for survival. Time is running out for all of us; in the end our political differences will be meaningless.

I’m asking the most far-right Republicans to the most liberal Democrats to stand up to Trump's universal bullying before he gets our country in a war of egos. If you voted for Trump you must be having such inner conflict.

Do you support your candidate no matter how dangerous he is? Or do you have the courage to acknowledge the danger Trump represents to everyone in the United States, maybe the world? Trump's track record is disgusting, frightening, divisive, and ultimately will create results that threaten all of us.

Start impeachment proceedings before it's too late for us all. I can’t believe the Republican Party can truly respect their president's behavior. Stand up to bullies, start with President Trump.

Leslee Freeman

Medford

A simple solution

There has been so much commotion about the football players and their silent protest during the playing of the National Anthem, but there is a simple solution to the problem!

Just discontinue the playing of the National Anthem and use instead the good American songs such as “God Bless America,” “This Land is My Land” or “America The Beautiful.”

That should stop the comments from the White House, calm the feelings of various groups of patriotic Americans and let the football season get rolling forward again.

Alberta D. Apenes

Ashland

Paine had it right

Of course, all lives matter. The point is that it even needs to be said that Black Lives Matter.

In 1776, Thomas Paine wrote the following in "The Crisis": "These are the times that try men's souls. ... suffering people, who, having no object in view but the good of all, have staked their own all upon a seemingly doubtful event. ... but nothing can reach the heart that is steeled with prejudice.

"Let them call me rebel and welcome, I feel no concern from it; but I should suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul by swearing allegiance to one whose character is that of a sottish, stupid, stubborn, worthless, brutish man."

In God we trust.

Dave Garcia

Medford

Exxon misled public

In August, an extensive Harvard study found that Exxon-Mobil deliberately misled the public about the risks of climate change. That study confirmed findings of independent investigators in 2015. Exxon did climate change research in the 1980s, then turned around and manufactured doubt about their own findings concerning climate change dangers.

In 1990, a Mobil ad said, “We just don’t have this information today [about what it is that affects global warming].” Not only did science have that information, but Exxon-Mobil’s own scientists did.

Although Exxon recently acknowledged climate science and its implications, it continues to push for drilling. So Exxon says one thing and then does the opposite.

Our secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, was an executive at Exxon from 1990, becoming chairman and CEO in 2006, according to EcoWatch.

Ken Deveney

Ashland