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Letters, Sept. 20

Make America Great Again?

I am curious, can your readers please elaborate on the statement “Make America Great Again?”

When or how was America “Great”? Was it a day, a month, a year or years? Or does this statement define a monetary period of extreme wealth?

J. Lowe


Paper ballots now

We must have paper ballots for the entire country. Oregon is a pioneer in this regard. I urge Gov. Kate Brown to find a way to make this happen for the 2020 election.

With America held hostage by Mitch McConnell, we have to think outside the box to save our democracy. We are careening towards dystopia.

Day after day as the lies, corruption and idiocracy continue, there’s no way to end it — if foreign influences are allowed to compromise our elections. We the American people will be unable to escape the abusive relationship we’re in with the unindicted co-conspirator POTUS and the entirely complicit Trump administration. Our democracy will be no more.

But Oregon can help end this travesty: Gov. Brown should meet with all 50 governors to decide on paper ballots for all Americans. Time is of the essence. The whole planet is suffering from this abusive relationship. We cannot deny it. Children in concentration camps. Utter cruelty. Daily gaslighting. The normalization of violence and hatred. Alienating our allies while cozying up to dictators. Disinformation about a hurricane, foreign policy, climate change, and on and on.

Please, Governor, do something. Lead the way. Don’t delay.

Janis Hunt Johnson


Party faithful — or not

While loyal and enthusiastic party bases may strongly influence their presidential candidate selection, they do not alone elevate their candidate to office.

Donald Trump’s didn’t in 2016 and won’t in 2020. And a 2020 Democratic candidate who appeals to the most “progressive” wing may not generate enough support from the more centrist independent voters to make it over the top in the Electoral College vote.

Presidential elections, for the most part, are ultimately decided by ambivalent voters who tend to make up their minds late and may well vote with fingers crossed. With only two viable candidates on the ballot and increasing polarization, it’s understandable why centrist voters like myself may not find either very appealing. I could not, in good conscience, support either candidate last time, so I wrote in “None of the above.” I may have to do it again.

Stan Loer

Grants Pass

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