Tell Congress to vote no

The U.S. is the greatest country on earth. Our economic system is one standout. We have capitalism that is not laissez faire but operates with regulations and a safety net to protect people and resources that need protection to survive.

This country has needs as well. We need citizens to participate in representative democracy and to live with some sense of personal responsibility.

How can anyone who cares about this country be promoting more federal tax cuts? We are experiencing major natural disasters, we have decaying infrastructure, and we have a saber-rattling, right-wing government that appears to desire war. We have big bills coming in and apparently no one wants to pay those bills.

What is wrong with us? I know personal responsibility isn't fun, but it is something adults need to practice. We need to be responding to the challenges coming from China and the emerging economics by investing in the country, and that is a collective responsibility implemented by the federal government. Want to help business? We can buy American products and not always the cheapest item just so we can buy more things.

Care about this country? Tell Congress to vote down the tax cut.

Dan Van Dyke

Ashland

Support health care funding

In January, Oregonians will have the opportunity to support HB 2391, which funds health care for low-income Oregonians by creating health care insurance premiums and hospital assessments. This bill was supported by hospitals because it would help stabilize our health care markets. Although this bill passed, there was some dissatisfaction, leading to a petition and a voter referendum.

Ballot Initiative 101 is a referral to affirm the legislation, so a yes vote supports the original bill’s funding. A yes vote will result in health care coverage for all Oregon children, access to health care for 95 percent of Oregonians, and lower health care premiums for more than than 200,000 Oregonians. This will hold down health care costs. A no vote will result in a cut in state health care funding, huge potential losses in federal funding, and would require serious cuts to the state budget.

Please vote yes on 101.

Gretchen King

Ashland

Grad students say thanks

Each fall the environmental education program at Southern Oregon University offers seven weeks of educational programs to school groups from around Southern Oregon. As part of this program we highlight locally produced food used in a lesson and a meal. The meals were served to third-  through eighth-grade classes.

We wish to thank our sponsor, the Ashland Food Co-op, which provided a generous grant for a very successful season. We are also grateful to our donors, Rogue Creamery and Salsa Hecho in the Pacific Northwest, and vendors, Dunbar Farms, Windborne Farms, Taco Now and the Farm at SOU.

Becky Yeager, on behalf of EE graduate students

Southern Oregon University

Who is responsible?

The rich get richer and the powerful are not accountable.

If you are a Republican, then you stand with Trump in destroying the environment and being cruel to people.

But don't let me judge you, I'm sure God will have something to say about it.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" — Edmund Burke

Tom Espinosa

Medford