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Letters, Nov. 21

Space X

Just watched the Space X launch with full four-person crew in the Dragon Capsule.

Most impressive, especially the return, soft landing, and reuse of the first stage. Otherwise, I hope they don’t dislocate their shoulders patting themselves on the back.

As impressive as this is, and it is, there are old, gray-haired folks out there who are smiling and saying, “been there, done that, in fact we did it first.” Space X and everyone should remember, they are doing this while standing on the shoulders of giants. And they did it using computers having less computing power than your average smartphone.

Mel Beaty

Medford

Commissioners’ failure

Commissioners Dyer and Roberts’ failure to support masks, while simultaneously expressing concerns about the effects of coronavirus on businesses, displayed a deep misunderstanding of both public health and economics.

The economy is driven by consumer confidence, which COVID-19 has impacted it in two ways. Slowing spending is natural if another round of shutdowns might impact employment. Consumers will not go into businesses if they don’t feel safe. We strive to support our local businesses — not at the expense of our health.

Masks are near universal in Asia. They have consistent messaging regarding how important they are in combattng infectious respiratory diseases.

Most did not close their economies, and most have low per-capita case numbers. Japan, a country of 126 million, has fewer total cases than the U.S. had in a single day.

Lockdowns are the absolute last resort to prevent hospitals from being overrun. If the commissioners are concerned about the impact of the virus on the economy, they would be wise to listen to the public health officials and strongly encourage universal masking. Several simple layers of cloth can keep us open. Otherwise, we should be prepared to witness our local businesses shuttering one after another.

Michael G. Hoyt

Ashland

Won’t make nice

People I won’t make nice with during any presidency, starting with: racists, white supremacists, Confederate flag-wavers, beefy or bearded armed men looking to shoot someone; theocrats or Christian nationalists; denizens of alternative-facts mental states; people who consider the amoral, the ethically challenged, the emotionally volatile, the congenital liar, the reality-TV creation to be especially well-suited to govern and represent America.

Continuing, those whose psychological well-being is threatened by pursuits of higher education, demonstrated professional expertise, or by living in flyover states while receiving government support and bailouts.

People who think the phrase “Nobody ever got a job from a poor person” justifies the unchecked accumulation of extreme national wealth into the hands of a very few, while ignoring the ongoing destruction of the middle-class and succeeding generations.

Closing, my perennial favorites: rugged, “You’re not the boss of me” individuals who sleep better with an authoritarian CEO in charge of things, and those who imagine Latin American dictators exist on the same Western Enlightenment-birthed spectrum that the U.S. historically stumbles along, that between American wet-dream, laissez-faire capitalist democracy and extant social democracy as lived by Canadians, Europeans and Scandinavians.

John Gaffey

Ashland

Rules save lives

I very much appreciated your editorial last week addressing the lack of leadership by Commissioners Roberts and Dyer. In the Sunday, Nov. 15, edition of your paper I noted letters responding to both that lack of leadership and thanking those commissioners for recognizing “constitutional and civil rights.” Let’s talk about those “rights.”

There is quite a long list of actions that people cannot do without consequences. Why do people need a driver’s license to drive a car? Why can’t people drive 80 mph through downtown Medford drunk? Why can’t people smoke in public places? Not wearing seat belts when we drive?

Violating any of the above would get you cited or arrested. We live with rules and regulations every day. These rules are not political. No one associates the requirement to need a driver’s license with a political position.

Leadership is the ability to put others ahead of oneself. To make decisions for the “common” good. It is the reason we have all these rules and regulations; to save lives and keep the public safe. It is unfortunate that even at this local level, politicians feel a need to make leadership, or lack thereof, a political contest.

Howard L. George

Central Point

What’s the real reason?

Is there anyone out there who is not aware that wearing a face covering is recommended when in public?

Is there anyone out there who is likely to decide to wear a face covering because Colleen Roberts or Rick Dyer issues a statement recommending they do so?

So are people outraged because these commissioners did not issue a statement that will have absolutely no impact, or is it something else?

Sharon Keppler

Eagle Point

A landslide victory

After the 2016 election results were reported and Donald Trump was acknowledged the winner, he took every opportunity to proclaim his 306 electoral votes had given him a “landslide victory.”

Joe Biden has accumulated the very same number of electoral votes in the aftermath of the 2020 election. So I guess, per the standards established by the Donald himself, Joe Biden has scored a “landslide victory.”

Stan Loer

Grants Pass

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