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Letters, Dec. 6

Military needed here

So I was watching football and during the mandatory patriotic jet flyby the announcer intoned, “We offer this salute to the men and women of our armed forces serving in over 175 countries ...”

After I used a crowbar to pick my jaw up off the floor, I was really angry. We need those people at home — right now. The medics can operate field hospitals. The chaplains can comfort the bereaved. The enlisted personnel can do contact tracing, run swabs at a test center, deliver food and medicine to those quarantined. And logistics, the heart of any military, can coordinate production and delivery of vaccines and PPE.

And the money spent overseas? Do we still not have health care for all citizens, even in the middle of a pandemic? Are our bridges and water systems failing? Do the forests not need fire treatment?

The unmet needs here at home are breathtaking. Chain the aircraft carriers to the docks and don’t release them until Congress actually declares a war.

Steve Soar

Medford

Flag shouldn’t be political

I recently read a letter from a reader who proclaimed that it is well within one’s First Amendment right to fly the U.S. flag upside down as a sign of distress due to the current political climate. I’m saddened to see that the flag that has flown over battlefields, been draped over coffins and ceremoniously handed to soldiers’ families at funerals is now being used as a political statement.

I fear that with the passing of “the greatest generation,” so too will fade the history of when the world was truly in distress and our great country answered the call not for the first or last time in our brief history. As a parent to kids who will never get to sit on my grandpa’s lap and learn history from those that lived it, I pray that I can raise them to be proud of and respect what hundreds of thousands have died to protect.

My children will also be taught, as I was, that just because you have the right to do something doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do.

Josh Allphin

Central Point

Accuser bears burden of proof

In the latest of his series of attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, President Trump has demanded that Joe Biden prove the validity of the 80 million votes cast for the president-elect.

The U.S. does not operate under the Napoleonic system where the accused must prove his/her innocence. In the United States, the burden of proof is on the accuser.

In the case of the President’s claims of election fraud, that means it’s up to him to provide evidence that the 80 million votes his opponent received were fraudulent. President-elect Biden, under our system of government, is not obliged to prove his (or his voters’) innocence. That obligation is President Trump’s. If he cannot (and so far his claims have not been backed by evidence), he needs to concede, as every one of his one-term predecessors has done. If he is psychologically unable to concede, he needs to go quietly into the night.

Gini Armstrong

Medford

Military banners in the upper Rogue

The Eagle Point Community Association Military Banner Program is a way to honor active duty service members and living veterans who live or have an immediate family member residing in the upper Rogue community, which includes White City, Eagle Point, Shady Cove, Butte Falls and Prospect.

Banners as seen on Linn Road and Main Street in Eagle Point cost $90 per service member or veteran.

Applications may be obtained by contacting Eagle Point Community Association, P.O. Box 659, Eagle Point, OR 97524 or contacting Dick Thomas, 541-601-2902; or Leon Sherman, 541-826-4974.

Dick Thomas

Eagle Point

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