Change the name

I do not agree with Darlene Donnelly (Sept. 15) about Dead Indian Memorial Road vs. respect for history.

If the road was named "Dead White Man Road," throwing in a "memorial" couldn't fix it. Or how would a "Dead American Memorial" look at ground zero in New York? As it offends some of our brothers and sisters, let us show some kindness and love and change the name. That will be the beginning of some good history.

Merle Fenn

Trail

True immigrants welcome

There's much ado about immigration.

Regardless of the country, no one has the right to barge in. Most countries didn't fully exist until about 200 years ago. The USA, as with all established sovereign nations, has the right and need to secure its borders.

Fact: An illegal foreigner is not an immigrant, ever. Our Congress has the sworn duty to protect us from foreign invaders.

Eleven million illegal foreigners is an invasion!

True immigrants (as were my people) fill out the paperwork, and wait in line until processed. The folks who barge across our various borders are kicking the true, legal immigrants out of line. The illegals have the gall to cry about wanting a good life. Just because someone wants something doesn't mean they have the right to grab it.

Illegals are criminal trespassers, no different that someone breaking into our home and stealing our hard-earned belongings or staking a claim to our property. When someone steals into another country, they steal! And anyone acquiring benefits from that "steal" is guilty of receiving stolen goods.

True immigrants should be warmly welcomed.

D. Pestlin

Talent

America has evolved

If one is prone to hearing "dog whistles" or if one seeks to find a racist behind every bush, I can only offer my sympathy that one could be so burdened. Though some prejudice will always be found in the human heart, modern America has evolved far beyond the darkness of our racial past.

Racial politics and gender politics are simply self-defeating. If one is willing to get off the couch and take the bull by the horns, anyone of any race or gender can succeed in America's open and tolerant society. But if one remains on the couch, steeped in victimhood and resentment, one is going to have a hard row to hoe regardless of race or gender.

Though we are told otherwise by pop culture, the establishment media and the ugly politics of the progressive left, there is room for everyone in President Trump's America. In his inaugural address, President Trump laid out a vision for America that was inclusive and color-blind. He spoke in plain English without equivocation.

It was a vision of returning government to its proper owners. The people. All of the people. Period. Make America great again!

Doug Dusenberry

Gold Hill

Free speech

Every protest is generally disrespectful to someone, group, or others. Free speech is about the right to say what you want, regardless who it may offend.

The right to free speech does not guarantee that speech cannot be disrespectful to others. Respect is something earned, not freely given. On occasion, some people feel the time for respect has ended and succinct actions necessary.

I believe that not standing for the national anthem is disrespectful to our nation. Yet, listen to what the players are saying. They are showing disrespect for the national symbol and an anthem because the freedom that national symbol and the anthem represent does not exist for all people in the country. Obviously, many people, including the one person who needs to listen and hear the most, i.e., the president, is not listening or hearing.

Common courtesy dictates respect for the office. The person in the office has to earn his/her respect from the people the office affects, i.e., everyone in the nation. The greatest disrespect to our national symbol, the flag, is to forget what that symbol stands for, i.e., freedom. The greatest disrespect is to deny that freedom to others.

Randall C. Hale

Medford

Work together

Most thinking people know that we need the best health care bill we can afford. We have "Obamacare" — maybe it can be improved as suggested by Sen. John McCain.

His comment, "I believe we could do better working together," makes sense to me to me. Why not work together for the benefit of all of us?

Paul Brown

Central Point

Patriotism

These days, sadly, patriotism is discussed with more heat than light. For those who seek light, the 1872 words of Sen. Carl Schurz to the U. S. Senate are worth remembering: "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right."

Stan Druben

Ashland