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Letters, Oct. 7

Virtue or moral purpose lost

In Eric Metaxas’ book “Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World,” he cited a quote from Barbara W. Tuchman’s book, “The March of Folly from Troy to Vietnam.” It seems that this quote is a reflection and exemplifies what we have recently seen in the Democratic Party.

“The process of gaining power employs means which degrade or brutalize the seeker, who awakes to find that power has been possessed at the cost of virtue or moral purpose lost.”

From what I have observed, there is very little virtue or morality left in the Democratic Party, in their lust for power.

Gary Spires

Eagle Point

Helping the homeless

What makes a city successful? Is it the availability of affordable housing, the closeness of good health care or just simply how it treats its citizens?

If you live in Medford, you must be aware of the growing numbers of homeless people living on our streets. There has to be a way forward that addresses this problem in both the short term and the long term.

It has been suggested by some that there are available city-owned properties (currently empty) that might become safe places to shelter the homeless. Add some sanitation and possibly a simple building for weather emergencies — maybe this would give some folks a better chance of survival. I am well aware of the huge lack of mental health facilities and this looms large as a problem that also must be addressed.

Our city seems to move at a snail’s pace in addressing our serious problems.

Arlene Aron


Endorsing Baker

I have served with Ken Baker on the Talent City Council for two years. He is a man with high integrity and moral values, a good family man and volunteers many hours to our community.

His understanding of numbers and his asking of very hard questions has brought more clarity and understanding to our council. He brings no special interests to the council, he serves all of Talent’s residents with conviction and honesty and his ability to understand the cost and need for affordable housing is invaluable to the council.

He will make a very good mayor for Talent and its citizens.

John Harrison, council member


Orwellian Democrats

George Orwell wrote his famous novel “1984” in 1948, when totalitarianism appeared attractive to some after the ravages of World War II. It was a prescient warning to freedom-loving individuals.

It showed the destructive effects imposed on individuals by the tyranny of a huge, centralized, invasive government controlling everything from womb to tomb. In Orwell’s dystopian world there is no due process, cross examination, rules of evidence; no presumption of innocence until proven guilty and a regimented ideology. The state controls all aspects of life to enforce a fossilized idea of mandated quality and equality. It controls everything from private lives to language.

From the actions exhibited by the Senate Democrats during the Judge Kavanaugh hearings, we can’t get there soon enough. They scoff at any presumption of innocence and the necessity of evidence. “Show me the man and I’ll find the crime,” famously stated by Lavrentiy Beria, Stalin’s state security chief, is Sen. Chuck Schumer’s template for his choreographed marionettes.

These folks hate the Constitution because as the prior president stated, it is a list of negative rights. It limits the government’s involvement in the lives of citizens. Do you really want an Orwellian country controlled by Democrats?

Priscilla Vanderlip


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