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Letters, Aug. 27

Thanks to food donors

Ahh, summer. Time for fun in the sun with family and friends. Traveling before school starts up again. Visiting that national park you haven’t made it to yet or exploring a new city or country.

And continuing to help others who need it.

On Aug. 10, our donors for the Ashland Food Project once again showed up, donating more than 26,000 pounds of nonperishable food to the Ashland Emergency Food Bank. Though many were out of town, they still made arrangements to have their green bags delivered in some way. Thank you yet again for showing how easy it is to make a difference.

Brad Galusha, chairman, Steering Committee

Ashland Food Project

Playing poker

The Thursday, Aug. 22, letter from Ray Novosad echoed the claim from the president (no, not Stephen Miller, the other one) that Joe Biden was not playing with a full deck.

I, too, enjoy a spirited game of poker. So, Ray is betting the ranch on our stable genius.

OK, I raise him the burned-out city of Pleasant, California; the mass murders in Toledo; and the CEO of Cook Computers, Tim Apple. With all the cash I will win, I plan a trip to Biden Tower Moscow to discuss more winning with V. Putin.

But don’t be mad just because you lost all your chips. “The chosen one” promises that Mexico will reimburse you.

T. Alan Gielow

Shady Cove

Fasting again

One year ago today, I joined with other Rogue Valley activists on the first day of a three-day Hungry4Justice rolling hunger strike in solidarity with the detained migrant mothers in Port Isabelle Detention Center, who began the strike because they were not allowed to call their children on the phone. A year later, I’m fasting again.

In the past weeks, three immigrant children have died of the flu in U.S. custody, and the administration is now changing the rules so that families with children can be held in detention indefinitely. Families belong together and free. Seeking asylum is not a crime.

Last month, a group of parents and children from all over the Rogue Valley visited the office of Rep. Greg Walden to ask him to co-sponsor R 3918, the Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act, first introduced by our Sen. Jeff Merkley in the Senate. But Greg Walden has stayed silent.

I write today to call on our community to pressure Rep. Walden to co-sponsor this bill, because in the words of Jesus, “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)

Alison Duren-Sutherland

White City

Special-interest politics

What a surprise that Gary Jackson (guest opinion, Aug. 11) favors a project that temporarily benefits “over 150 local residents” belonging to the local labor union he represents. He’s doing his job and demonstrating that he advocates for them.

But by doing so, he demonstrates the purest form of special-interest politics. Clearly he belongs to the school of “pay me today and don’t worry about what tomorrow brings”. He believes the other 219,414 residents of Jackson County should step aside and not hinder that process.

D. Watson


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