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Letters, Dec. 30

How alienating

In regard to the letter from H. Saunders on Dec. 19, one wonders how so many newspapers, online news sources and television stations can all be wrong except Fox News. How alienating that must be, to feel victimized by every single news source on the planet except one.

To add, evidently, Fox News is not the best choice in promoting good grammar and punctuation. Also, the correct expressions are as follows: “take time to smell the roses,” and “wake up and smell the coffee.”

L.J. Zinkand

Medford

Thanks for thoughfulness

As I was leaving the Walmart in Eagle Point I dropped my cane and could not lean down to get it back. A very sweet lady reached down and got it for me. It was such a thoughtful act. I wish this lady knew how much what she did meant to me. I hope she has a very very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

A. Clifford

White City

Amazed Mattis stuck around

Four-star general James Mattis has over 7,000 books in his personal library. During the 2003 Iraq war he stated, “By reading, you learn through others’ experience — generally a better way to do business — especially in our line of work where the consequences of incompetence are so final for young men.”

By contrast, Donald Trump makes his decisions based on whatever has popped into his head in the latest moment. “I have a gut, and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else’s brain can ever tell me.” This is why he ignores climate science, abandons treaties and alliances, turns his back on our greatest friends and heaps praises on the dictators and autocrats of other nations.

No one has ever accused Mr. Trump of being a student of history or anything else for that matter. The brightest men and women can spend their entire adult lives studying a subject, but Trump will always know better because of what his gut tells him.

The consequences of his incompetence may well be final for all of us. I am amazed that General Mattis stuck around as long as he did.

Steve Cannon

Medford

A time for giving

Christmas is a time for giving. Most of us really don’t need much but there are those among us who have great needs and could use our love and support. So, we are choosing to give to the people affected by the fires in California.

Many of these folks have lost all their worldly possessions and would greatly appreciate any help we can give them. Our family was agreeable to giving our Christmas money to the folks in Paradise instead of buying them gifts that they could easily do without. The fire in Paradise killed 88 people, destroyed 14,000 homes, 500 businesses and more than 4,200 buildings. The city is unsure of the future. The Wolsey fire in Southern California killed three people, destroyed 1,600 structures and did much damage. Christmas is a time for giving. But, so is today, tomorrow and any date in the future. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Gordon DeVos

Medford

Less publicized events

While much of the nation is focused on trashing Trump, claiming Russians influence, consider these less publicized events:

In the news three or four years ago, as I recall, President Obama openly opposed re-election of Israel’s leader.

Not in the news, the past president of Nigeria claims Obama campaigned to elect his Muslim opponent.

If you wish to confirm this, search: Raymond Ibrahim, New Revelation: Previous US administration facilitated Christian Genocide in Nigeria

Ira Edwards

Medford

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