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Letters, March 12

Lawmakers leave town

Alan DeBoer and Will Reishman wrote Sunday opinion pieces praising this action as a legitimate response to bullying; a permissible tactic to stop a poorly crafted piece of legislation. I have a different take.

DeBoer bemoans the tyranny of the majority. But what we are seeing is the tyranny of the minority.

When Republicans win elections they say “elections have consequences; get over it.” When Democrats win, Republicans try to change the rules, the norms, and alter the playing field.

They lose a governorship and try to limit executive power in lame-duck bills so the incoming governor will be less effective. They don’t like a bill that the House sends over, so let’s just deny it a hearing or a floor vote. The voters are against us; so let’s close polling places or move them without notice to the edge of town, or shout “fraud” and make the old and poor get photo IDs.

The electoral college and mal-apportionment in both House and Senate have created a huge power differential in favor of rural, mostly conservative citizens. Apparently, that power is not enough. When they cannot get their way, they must pick up the ball, leave the playground, and end the game.

Fred Krasner

Ashland

Gambai!

I enjoyed your article on former SOU administrator Roy Saigo about the treatment of Japanese citizens during World War II. The most interesting part of the story centered around the Japanese word “gambai.” It means “life sucks, don’t bitch and moan, life is tough, get on with it.”

In our current political world many people seem overly negative. Personally, I don’t like President Trump’s style, but isn’t it possible to separate policy from style?

Reading history, there were people who did not like General Patton. He did, however, get things done. Again, can’t we debate policy and leave personality out of it?

Right now the country is doing quite well considering all the metrics. That’s why so many people want to come here. Overall it’s a great place to live. It’s a huge, diverse, complex country.

Of course you can find injustice. Humanitarians are among us. I remember supporting a real humanitarian and gentleman Jimmy Carter. He gave us gas lines, the Iranian hostage crisis, 18% inflation and the Misery Index. Now I want to support politicians who believe in personal responsibility and self discipline, the qualities needed to navigate the system in our society.

The opportunities are there, “gambai”!

Ben Neilson

Medford

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