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Letters, May 22

Catastrophic disaster

Your May 17 editorial, “Brown did not violate state Constitution,” states that Gov. Brown’s emergency powers were not limited to 30 days without legislative approval because a “catastrophic disaster” has not occurred. Using your own definition, you define a catastrophic disaster as one that produces an extraordinary level of disruption of daily life in the state and severely affects the population or economy. You go on to state that because of her actions, a disruption of daily life has still not occurred. Where are you people? Surely not in Southern Oregon.

A better argument for her continuing authority can be found in the U.S. Supreme Court decision of Cox vs United States (1832) 31 US 172, which states that the greater good has a higher standing than the individual rights of a person or group. We continue to support her decisions for the greater good of us all.

John Frank


Airport testing needed

Why are we not testing people at the Medford airport? That’s how most of our 50 COVID-19 cases made it into the Rogue Valley. They are not walking in or driving in, they are flying in on crowded planes and most are not wearing masks. Just think about all moist re-circulated air where the virus loves to lurk.

There are several remote test sites around the valley, but wouldn’t one of them be better utilized at the airport on the patio just outside the Arrival/Baggage Claim automatic doors? That way, the local news stations won’t have to put out an urgent call for “... anybody who was on Delta Flight # or Alaska Flight # please call the local health department immediately. Someone on those flights has just tested positive for Coronavirus.” The department would already have all of the passengers’ information as well as whether or not any of them tested positive or negative, and they can be contacted immediately instead of a week or two later.

K.K. Thomas


Inspectors general

As of Sunday, May 17, this is a list of inspectors general fired by Trump: Steve Linick, Department of State, said to have opened an investigation into Mike Pompeo; Christie Grimm, an acting IG of Health and Human Services, said COVID-19 was bad for health care workers; Glenn Fine, acting IG Defense, chairman of Pandemic Response and Accountability Committee (an oversight of the first $2 trillion of pandemic money); and Michael Atkinson, Intelligence Community, said to have botched the whistleblower complaint and caused the impeachment mess. Those are pretty recent.

Inspectors general are disposable. They guard the door of right and wrong. Or maybe they work for bribes. People say they’re vital. I’ve never met one. True believers say Trump is draining the swamp. Here in Southern Oregon we’re kind of dry, and this looks like the work of an aberrant mind and corrupt regime.

Lester Melton


Selective enforcement

The selective enforcement of a law renders it meaningless and unenforceable, doesn’t it? If people want to gather in public and lack a permit from the city or county, they can point to last weekend’s gathering in Medford.

Those gathering to protest the wearing of masks and the closure of businesses apparently had “constitutional” concerns and beliefs that lifted them above having to follow the state’s directive and Medford’s gathering law. The Medford chief of police stated as much, and County Commissioner Colleen Roberts appeared at the rally, lending an official sanction to the illegal gathering.

A close reading of the United States Constitution gives no indication of any citizen’s right to ignore the law just because you want to! The laws are meant to apply equally to all, personal political opinions notwithstanding. Justice is “blind.”

A slippery slope is created. Namely, who will enforce which law against whom on a given day, based on which popular political leanings, opinions, etc.?

Lars Svendsgaard



Congratulations, Michigan. You now have mob rule.

Jeanne Schraub

Rogue River

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