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Letters, Feb. 19

U.S. justice in extreme jeopardy

As a former federal prosecutor in the Eastern District of Washington, I cannot sit by without commenting on President Trump’s unlawful intervention in the criminal case against Trump’s friend, Roger Stone, who was convicted of multiple federal crimes by a jury.

Trump publicly criticized the presiding judge. Stone threatened the judge with violence. Trump then persuaded U.S. Attorney General William Barr to override the U.S. Code of Sentencing Guidelines to recommend a lighter sentence. The four career prosecutors in Stone’s case resigned in protest.

Trump’s and Barr’s actions are blatant tyranny of the worst kind. There is no law if the law fails because of such tactics. Our system of justice is in extreme jeopardy.

Judith A. Corbin

Ashland

Thanks for aid-in-dying article

Thank you to the editors for printing the article on aid in dying on Feb. 2.

Anyone who has sat by and witnessed a loved one dying and writhing in pain at the end of life may wonder why our society treats our pets with more respect and care when quality of life has left.

Using religion as a reason to “prolong life” seems more of a prolong suffering and prolong billing reality. Having a death with dignity option in the law means little if one cannot access that choice.

The article is a reminder to have your end of life papers in order, and choose your doctor and hospital carefully. Have that conversation before it is too late. Once papers are in order, have a good long life until mortality arrives.

Kon Damas

Talent

We need real moderates

We have all heard the mantra: “moderation in all things.” But when it comes to politics, what does moderate really mean?

Prospective voters will often say “I’m a moderate” to avoid discussion of specifics. Many of them are identity voters who focus on the superficial (gender, race, sexuality, age, they sound presidential, wanna have a beer with them). Most seem unaware that the extreme money now showered on legislators and prospective leaders (particularly post-Citizens United vs. FEC) really does corrupt.

And when congressional legislators accept immoderate oligarchic and corporate donations, their votes reflect it. This disqualifies them as moderates. In fact, those donations explain why we don’t have Medicare for All, why we are hastening our own extinction and why our infrastructure is decaying. And it is FUBAR that most Democratic and Republican legislators now sing in deadly harmony for endless war profits.

We need real moderates, defined as those who work for people and don’t take bribes (legal or otherwise) and don’t invest in war profits. We need leaders who understand that economic justice is the precursor to social justice. We need FDR moderates who will strengthen America by shoring up the vital foundation of we the people.

Lee Lull

Talent

Help with end-of-life choices

Thank you for publishing the piece about the end of life choice to pursue death with dignity (Sunday, Feb. 2)

In 1997, Oregonians became the first state to pass the Death with Dignity Act that allows terminally -ill Oregonians to end their lives through the voluntary self-administration of lethal medications, expressly prescribed by a physician for that purpose. Since then, eight other states and the District of Columbia have joined Oregon, and more than a dozen additional states are considering doing so.

We are fortunate here in Southern Oregon to have local expertise and support for qualified people to pursue this option. End of Life Choices Oregon Is a nonprofit whose mission is to provide personal support and information regarding the Death with Dignity Act and other legal end-of-life options to Oregonians facing end-of-life decisions, to the medical community and to the public.

For more information, call End of Life Choices Oregon at 503-922-1132 or eolcoregon.org.

Meredith Reynolds, Laurel Miller and Mary Burgess

Ashland

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