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Letters, Aug. 8

Why listen to Larry Mendte?

A decade ago, Larry Mendte illegally accessed a co-worker’s email, then shared sensitive information with other media outlets with the sole purpose of harming that individual’s reputation.

He pleaded guilty to a felony count and got a fine, a relatively short period of house arrest and a community service obligation. Unfortunately for the target of his immoral campaign, her career was permanently damaged.

Some would say that he paid for his crime and should not be punished further. I agree with that. However, given solid proof that he lacks a moral compass, I would certainly not consider him a valid source of information about anything more important than choosing between corn or flour tortillas.

It is not a mystery to me why Rosebud Media chooses to run his ridiculous ramblings. You want to provide balance between those for and against the current administration. Who better to serve that purpose than another creature without a moral compass?

Dirk Watson


Do the right thing

I was horrified by the video of how Mr. Sancho was treated in the Jackson County Jail by the deputies of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Too often, it is easy to sit in front of the computer, create or amplify misinformation to emphasize the point one wants to make. When we see injustice, we can choose to look away, or spread misinformation or to hold the ones responsible to do the right thing. To change the culture of oppression takes hard work.

We want systemic change. We are part of the system. To start we need to hold ourselves accountable before we sit in front of the computer to cast our opinion. Opinions never change anything. We need to work with the people who created the problem in the first place.

Congressman John Lewis words burn deep into my heart: “I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart. I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.”

Irene Kai, co-founder, Ashland Culture of Peace Commission


Reimagine Oregon Project

A couple of months ago, it would be fair to say that neither of us had heard the term systemic racism.

Following the murder of George Floyd, public discourse has urged us to acknowledge how well-meaning white people like us, while perhaps not overtly racist toward individual people of color, have allowed systemic racism to dominate our society creating inequalities in education, health care, housing, the workforce and policing. While we have felt moved to action, we’ve found ourselves without direction until now.

Over the past six weeks, the Reimagine Oregon project, a newly-formed group of Black-led organizations, developed a two-year plan to begin dismantling systemic racism in Oregon. They have met weekly with state and local governments to create a time line for enacting legislation to create actionable change.

The entire array of proposals can be found at ReimagineOregon.org. Community members, elected officials and agencies who want to engage and/or stay informed can sign up for email updates. We urge you to take a look and consider signing up.

While existing systems of inequality are something we inherited, we can work together to create a more just society that might begin to be at peace with itself.

Sue Martin and Marie Vasey


Distorted thinking

In response to Robert I. Price, the second paragraph of his July 31 letter links Trump’s disastrous leadership to the “ineptitude of the national leadership of the Democratic Party.”

First of all, Trump is a Republican, second, he won the vote because of questionable tactics by the Electoral College, not by the total votes cast, which would have elected a Democrat, Hillary Clinton. How is this the Democrats’ fault?

This letter embodies the distorted thinking that is becoming an epidemic in the politics of today — somehow it is always the other guy’s fault.

Please check your facts before writing to the editor, please, please, please.

Jan Spindler


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