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Letters, Sept. 7

Remember the golden rule?

After months spent consuming network news, the Mail Tribune, letters to the editor and both recent presidential conventions during a pandemic, I am very concerned about the hateful lies attributed to both parties.

How can we unite as citizens of the USA if we continue to treat fellow citizens and those who would like to become citizens as enemies? Each side blames the other, but we are all complicit in this.

Can we begin change by remembering the golden rule? “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”

Next, admit that we all want the best life possible for our families, others and ourselves, but don’t agree on how to achieve this.

Finally, work on solutions and remember that compromise is needed to achieve most goals. Be helpful, not hateful, think critically about information sources and opinions, treat everyone with respect, and study the issues before voting.

Kathy Fennell

Medford

Law and order redux

Trump is successfully baiting Joe Biden into a focus on “law and order.”

Trump’s manufactured crisis is from an old playbook used by Nixon in 1968 and Clinton in 1993. Selling a “law and order” issue to a centrist who, in cooperation with the National Association of Police Organizations, authored the Senate version of the Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, has to be one of Trump’s easiest sells.

Elites in both political parties benefit by taking focus off of the class issue, an economy that enriches the few at the expense of many and a redistribution of wealth intrinsic to Medicare for All and Green New Deal, issues supported by a majority of Americans. Once again, property rights promises to “trump” human rights.

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety” (Benjamin Franklin).

Andy Seles

Ashland

Video is illuminating

It’s not often that the public has opportunity to look behind the scenes of Ashland’s government. Accessing public records is time-consuming and expensive. Also, when can one hear those in government answering questions under oath?

A 2019 lawsuit against the city has provided public records and sworn testimonies that give a peek into how government works in Ashland. Ashland agreed to a $538,000 out-of-court settlement in a civil lawsuit for whistleblowing, wrongful termination, and defamation of the former senior program manager. (Also, in 2019 a jury unanimously awarded another claimant over $625,000 for whistleblowing.)

A new video commentary “Foul Play?” (on AshlandSOS.com) looks at public documents and sworn testimonies from that lawsuit to gain greater understanding of: 1) Ashland’s changes to its Senior Program, and 2) possible reasons Ashland agreed to one of the highest awards given to a public employee in such circumstances. We present documentation and you decide. Can Ashland do better?

This non-commercial commentary has been made by Ashland citizens whose sole interest is in upstanding and transparent government. Every effort has been made to present content which serves that public purpose.

The video can be found at AshlandSOS.com.

Sue Wilson

Ashland

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