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Letters, June 7

Study propaganda

Recently I told my housemate I’ve been closely following the news about Iran. She said, “Yeah, I read that Iran wants to start a war with the U.S.”

Anyone who cares to know the truth about U.S. foreign policy could benefit from studying the ways of propaganda. One can quickly learn much about propaganda in this way: Take just 30 minutes to read about the history of U.S. relations with Iran, and then compare those facts with what the mainstream media, including liberal NPR, says about Iran and U.S. relations.

Here are a few starter facts about U.S. involvement in Iran:

The U.S. has imposed sanctions on Iran for 40 years.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif spent more than a decade negotiating the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal with China, France, Russia, the U.K., Germany, the U.S. and the European Union. Iran followed through with all of its commitments made in that agreement. In the agreement the U.S. promised to lift sanctions but did not. Trump not only exited the deal but has also intensified the sanctions.

Based on those facts alone, who do you think is trying to start a war between the U.S. and Iran?

Deb Van Poolen

Ashland

Support HB 2020

The bill to establish the Oregon Climate Action Program, if passed and signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown, was recommended favorably by the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction and is now before the Joint Committee on Ways and Means. The proposal to establish a greenhouse gas emissions cap, trade and invest program will place Oregon on a steep emissions reduction path.

A dozen Southern Oregonians joined over 200 climate-concerned Oregonians in Salem on May 28, rallying and encouraging our representatives to guide the bill across the finish line and onto the governor’s desk. The 2019 session ends this month, so there remains little time. In 2019, climate action has the support of both the speaker of the House and the president of the Senate but it still requires a positive vote in the House and Senate.

Fortunately, Rep. Pam Marsh and Sen. Jeff Golden are champions. As constituents of these legislators, the majority of our delegation enjoyed very positive visits. Regrettably, the same cannot be said of visits to other local legislators.

Nevertheless, we all came away with very optimistic feelings about the future of HB 2020. Anyone interested in helping HB 2020 cross the finish line should visit https://socan.eco/cej.

Alan Journet, co-facilitator, Southern Oregon Climate Action Now

Jacksonville

Disproportionately dumb

By some sort of Salem logic, the governor and the Democrats think the kicker disproportionately favors the wealthy.

The Department of Revenue’s latest statistics are for 2015 and show that 1.7 million full-year resident Oregonians filed, that the top 20% paid almost 67% of all taxes, and that their earnings were taxed at between 9% and 10%. The other 80% of Oregon taxpayers combined only paid 33% of the total, plus they were only taxed at between 5% and 9%.

Anyone who filed and paid taxes gets back the same 5.6% kicker amount of their taxes, regardless of whether they were taxed at the higher or lower tax rate, so what’s disproportionate here? I guess the proportionality that they’re looking for in Salem is the Marxist-socialist redistribution kind, which is “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need”.

Oscar Zuniga

Medford

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