The Dems' true face

The true face of the Democratic Party was in full spotlight at the State of the Union address. It was comical to see their poor-loser, spoiled-brat faces. Nancy Pelosi starred as the wicked witch in The Wizard of Oz in her black dress. Ron Wyden looked like he had eaten a sour pickle. They sat like pouting children who didn't get what they wanted.

No matter what President Trump does, they will stamp their little feet and scream racist. The election was their punishment for ignoring their true friends, the American worker. They seem to be deaf to the true needs of America. Now they must stand in the corner until they grow up.

Marilyn Hermant

Medford

Wake up, recyclers

If you care about our environment and you read the newspaper or watch the news, you must know we have a recycling problem here. China is no longer taking our recycling and there are very few plants here in the U.S. to deal with this.

So if you live in the Rogue Valley (except for Ashland, which has found recyclers for theirs), your recycling is going into the landfill. I personally am making a big effort to limit the use of plastic clamshells, plastic bags and other plastic products. Also, I no longer put out a red can and instead I take my recyclables to places that still process them (presently we are fortunate that Ray's Market will recycle clean plastic bags). Please make an effort to cut down on waste! Rogue Disposal is working hard to find alternative recyclers.

Arlene Aron

Medford

Immigration without ingratiation

Human habitation of North America began with Siberians or Pacific Islanders as high-plains drifters, some of whom (Cherokees) continued south, farmed, and acquired slaves. The first pink boat people from Europe were at best coastal squatters who quickly contravened pre-existing government.

After 150 years of colonialism or resisting Parliament, proliferating pinks declared themselves a country, but one that unsurprisingly lacked national immigration laws. When in 1850 California pinks formally announced annexation, by state law pinks in residence became U.S. citizens, including Heinrich Schliemann, who was just visiting. From the 1840s to the 1920s, immigration from back-office Europe drove the conversion from smallholder farms on stolen land to an aluminum age for robber barons.

Ethnic prejudice by pinks made immigration illegal for Chinese in 1882 (Chinese Exclusion Act) and for everyone else, except by quota, in 1921 (Emergency Quota Act). By law, enforcement and lifespan, the U.S. ceased being a country of immigrants in the 1920s to the late 1960s — not coincidentally, the only era that labor unions and the middle class thrived.

The U.S. is again a country of immigrants, this time featuring illegality and failures of enforcement. That nobody concentrates or exterminates pre-existing residents constitutes progress.

Hunter Greer

Ashland

It was a blunder

After an excellent year in which the Dems dutifully followed Schumer over the cliff rather than participate with the Repubs in doing some good for the country, it was no surprise to see them sitting during the SOTU speech looking like their dog just died.

It all brings to mind a quote from the Napoleonic era: "It was worse than a crime. It was a blunder."

C.S. Chase

Medford