Divider in chief

At a fiery rally in Huntsville, Alabama, Donald Trump stated, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our flag to say, ‘Get that son-of-a-b---- off the field right now! Out! He’s fired! He’s fired!”

Emboldened, without a doubt, by Trump, Ted Krempa shared his thoughts in an article published in the Mail Tribune on Sept. 27:

“Nothing but a bunch of overpaid, under-educated, two-faced hypocrite, limousine liberal, (spineless), crybabies, with a phony agenda, every stinking coward one of them ... including the owners for not firing their sorry asses.”

I’m appalled by these blatant expressions of hatred and racism, twisted and used in the name of patriotism. They evoke tremulous childhood memories of the infamous Simon Legree in Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Picking fights with the NFL is just another diversion and only serves to further divide our nation.

I have never watched a football game. Mr. Krempa has decided to stop watching the games on TV, and to discontinue purchasing tickets and NFL merchandise. So, I’ll do my patriotic duty, take the knee and start supporting the game.

Dasja Dolan

Medford

Support the March4Hope

I encourage you to attend the March4Hope organized by NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. This annual event and fundraiser brings awareness to the impact of mental health issues in our community.

NAMI provides support for families and individuals through education and advocacy. The March4Hope is 1 to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 7, at Pear Blossom Park (Medford Commons II), 312 E. Fourth St. Special guests include Stacy Brubaker from Jackson County Mental Health and Peter Buckley, former state representative. For information visit nami-so.org or call 541-774-7872.

Together we can stomp out the stigma of mental illness!

Phil Eschtruth Harrison

Ashland

People are migratory

I agree with D. Pestlin’s letter of Sept. 30 that the U.S. is a nation of laws and should have secure borders. However, statesmen can draw borders on the map until they run out of ink, but they can’t change human nature.

Humans are migratory creatures seeking better places to live. Neanderthals moved from smaller caves to bigger caves. More recent migrants moved to escape calamity — the potato famine brought the Irish to America and the Dust Bowl sent Oklahomans to California.

Our Native Americans were natives someplace else until they crossed the Bering Strait from Siberia to the American continents. And just when they thought they had this place nailed down, here come the Niña, Pinta, and the Santa Maria! Here comes the white man with guns and disease to wipe out the natives and take over the New World.

So the next time you see a Latino guy out in the fields, just consider he is trying to make a better life for his family and cut him a little slack. Five million of his countrymen may have made their way into the USA, but for the most part they came in peace, unlike, well, us.

Marcia Simon

Eagle Point