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Letters, Sept. 30

Survivor guilt

Watching news pictures of the fire devastation, I saw over and over one house, one store, intact in a field of black, charred ruins. How amazed the owners must be to find them whole and how stricken by the sight of the places that weren’t spared. What would they say to their neighbors?

Perhaps we need to remember that in addition to buildings, homes, and livelihoods, we’ve lost the Talent and Phoenix we all once knew. They are our towns, our neighboring towns. The losses we all feel are important.

Susan Knapp

Medford

Terrie Martin for commissioner

I met Terrie Martin at a virtual house party in August. Before that Zoom meeting I only knew that Terrie rode a Harley in her campaign ad.

At that meeting we questioned Terrie about many topics, and she was very knowledgeable about each one. By the end of the meeting, I was a real fan.

Some issues she will focus on are:

1. Affordable housing (and this was before the Almeda fire).

2. Resources for mental health and addiction programs.

3. COVID-19 recovery and upholding public health guidelines.

What I learned about Terrie is that she is smart, caring, thoughtful and a good listener. She is a small-business owner (who lost that business in the fire) and a longtime resident of the Rogue Valley. She cares about Jackson County and will work honestly and carefully for us.

I feel proud to endorse Terrie Martin for Jackson County commissioner.

Janet LaFountain

Central Point

Ginsburg’s death hits hard

The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has hit many of us very hard. Before we have even dealt with our grief, Trump has announced that he will pick her successor (against her dying wishes), and McConnell has announced he will bring Trump’s selection to a vote in the Senate.

Will the Republican senators be true to their word? Marco Rubio in 2016: “I don’t think we should be moving forward on a nominee in the last year of this president’s term. I would say that if it were a Republican president.” Lindsey Graham in 2016: “I want you to use my words against me. If there’s a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say Lindsey Graham said, let’s let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination.” Similar statements came from Ted Cruz, David Perdue, Chuck Grassley, Thom Tillis, Richard Burr, Roy Blunt, Cory Gardner, Rob Portman, and Ron Johnson.

How could it be that 11 Republican senators would stoop to this astonishing level of hypocrisy by acquiescing to Trump and McConnell? Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island has suggested the answer: corporate donations.

Alice Hardesty

Ashland

The Dems dark purpose?

In response to Anne Zauner (Sept. 18): Sounds like a Tucker Carlson sound bite.

“A dark and hateful, resentful and power-hungry element has targeted the vulnerable Democratic Party and is winning” — in the first paragraph. Then she blames Democrats for all the ills in America, the anti-Christ in her mind. Trump’s fear-based politics seems to be working well for him.

Let’s get one thing straight here. This is happening under the Trump administration. His lack of response to the pandemic is shameless, not to mention deadly. He tells his followers not to wear masks. Denounces the professionals working hard to keep all Americans safe. Gives kudos to a 17-year-old murderer. The one phrase in her letter that really is disturbing is “rational Republicans.” I find nothing rational about a group of sycophants turning a blind eye to his never-ending disrespect for the military, our legal system and humankind in general.

Ron Cavalli

Medford

The rest of the fracking story

I refer to Marc Thiessen’s opinion column: “Fracking is on the ballot. Don’t listen to the left’s calls to stop” (Mail Tribune, Sept. 20). Thiessen attacks various top Democrats as insufficiently patriotic in failing to support the oil and gas fracking industry. He neglects, as he so often neglects, to tell the rest of the story.

All of us — even Democrats — will be supporting this industry, like it or not. Setting aside environmental matters, the fracking industry fails a basic test of American greatness: it doesn’t make money.

Even in pre-pandemic days of high oil and gas prices, the industry as a whole failed to turn a profit. It has operated as a pretty successful pyramid scheme, drawing new ranks of hopeful investors to accumulate debt of one-quarter trillion dollars. With annual operating costs now exceeding revenues by about $5 billion dollars, there is no hope this fracking debt will ever be made good. Time for a patriotic taxpayer bailout, as was vaguely promised by President Trump during a recent visit to the Permian Basin in Texas.

Ron Iverson

Ashland

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