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Letters, Sept. 27

Casting stones

The synoptic Gospels’ admonishment against casting stones is an occasionally useful warning, especially if one believes in the universality of original sin yoked to an imminent end times scenario.

Absent such theocratic dogma, it can be a useful reminder to guard against hypocrisy. Beyond that, it has severe limitations as a way to pursue equitable order in a Western, post-Enlightenment, law-based democracy.

For such a society to fail to protect itself against sociopaths, criminals or free-riders because of a sense of religious moral inadequacy in the citizenry is a recipe for the dissolution of that society and, possibly, replacement by a theocracy. Hence, the local writers who offer their own foibles cloaked in Christian piety as a reason other citizens should suffer the moral degeneracy emanating from the White House, that is a proposition destined to destroy the near-250-year-old American experiment in citizen government.

John Gaffey

Ashland

Lack of fire information

I was so glad to see the guest opinion from Dana Mobley. This is the one thing my husband and I couldn’t get over: absolutely no information on radio or TV on the day of the fire disaster.

It’s the only thing we miss about being in a large city: immediate updates and information of any local disaster. We came here 20 years ago from a large city and are used to fires, earthquakes and flooding and along with those, immediate notifications and information on the media.

We both got the alerts on our cellphones and our home land line, so that worked well for us but that was a one-time notice to let us know we were in the Level 2 area. Now what? We searched every radio and TV station and nothing.

The city/county-wide alert system is extremely important, but that’s a one-off. There needs to be immediate information coming over the media. Why wasn’t there? If bigger cities can inform the public why in the world can’t a local small town media serve their public?

Yes, there was some the following day, but what was and is needed is immediate information while it’s beginning and happening.

P. Moran

Medford

Speed van was needed

In response to Christine Matiyow-Hoff (Sept. 19): No community beats ours in generosity or commitment as demonstrated since these devastating fires.

The Medford Police Department traffic enforcement van was on McAndrews on Thursday morning, after the fires, doing their job. Our neighborhood has been riddled with speeding and racing cars which have in the last month alone killed two fawns, one turkey, one doe and taken out several trees. It isn’t safe to walk at times. As overwhelmed as the Medford police are, we are lucky to get them up here and grateful when they come.

To criticize them because one officer was doing his specific job is absurd. We are all saddened by the losses from these fires but also when wildlife is killed by speeding vehicles.

God Bless all the firefighters, law enforcement personnel, emergency responders, etc. They are amazing, and the Medford police are excellent!

K. Christensen-Gustafson

Medford

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