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Letters, Jan. 14

Bentz shows himself unfit

Greg Walden served the Second District in Congress for many years. When I moved here, I realized I did not agree with him most of the time, and found he wasn’t particularly effective, but I could see how the demographics of the district resulted in his election — he more or less fit in.

Cliff Benz has served for only a few days and already he has shown us that he is a blind adherent to the lunatic beliefs of our soon-to-be-former president, and on Wednesday supported the seditious overthrow of our democratic system by his moronic brethren.

Are we in the Second District not better than that? Benz needs to read the Constitution. He has shown himself unfit to serve the residents of our district in the great state of Oregon.

Tom Pratum


Just another failing for DJT

How is it that Donald Trump can lose at so many things and still take losing so hard?

He’s got lots of practice at losing. It takes real talent to bankrupt casinos where people willingly hand you their money with little expectation of getting it back. So move on to something else. The world’s tastiest steaks? A “university” that promises hand-picked experts to teach you how to fail the Donald Trump way?

I wonder if that included how to pay $750 in federal taxes on millions of dollars of revenue by showing hundreds of millions of dollars in losses. I don’t know about you, but I call that losing. So why does he still take it so hard?

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Donald.

Dirk Watson


Another change in Georgia

The editorial reprinted from The Washington Post on Thursday, Jan. 7, rightly pointed to the zig-zag history of the ideals vs. the horrible treatment of minorities in Georgia since Reconstruction. But as a brief footnote to that history, it is worth noting that the initial charter for this state had as its slogan, Non sibi sed aliis (Not for self, but for others).

Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe, Georgia’s founder and a renowned British prison reformer, originally proposed the colony as an alternative to debtors’ prison for Britons. The general was a staunch opponent of slavery and was well known for respecting the customs, language and needs of Native Americans.

What followed from this auspicious beginning is well known and sad. But recent events in the state suggest that another zig or zag is occurring — for the better.

Victoria L. Weiss, professor emerita, Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, Georgia


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