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Letters, Jan. 21

Making amends

As I remember the speech, the phrase was “A house divided cannot stand.” Recent events have rendered the Republican call for unity to be so very premature.

As every community organizer and social engineer knows, without reparations reconciliation cannot occur. And only after reconciliation can unity be restored.

Reparation: the making of amends for a wrong one has done.

Reconciliation: the restoration of friendly relations.

Unity: the state of being united or joined as a whole.

I doubt the Republicans are capable of making amends for what they and their surrogate insurgents have done.

Robert I. Price

Medford

Anderson Cooper has changed

I am saddened by the change in reporter Anderson Cooper in recent years.

I remember him, not that long ago, as an incisive and intelligent reporter. He presented as a light-hearted person, often kind and humorous, with a cunning sense of humor. There was a witty brightness in his reporting, which was refreshing.

So, recently, it was painful to listen as he ridiculed Trump supporters, not because of their actions, but because of their blue-collar origins.

Greg Jeffries

Medford

Collapse is coming

As the country is rocking and reeling from the COVID-19 crisis, I have just been wondering what God has in store for us before he closes the books on this old world.

In James 5:1-3 we get a brief view when it says, “Come now you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver are corroded and their corrosion will be a witness against you. In the last part of 3, it mentions last days.

I would say a collapse of our financial system is just around the corner, but don’t worry as you will not be alone.

Bob Casebier

Medford

St. Mark’s is proud to serve

We at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church were proud and pleased to be able to host Bob Bowler and his family, Kara Palmer and her volunteers, as well as the Family Nurturing Center and numerous others in providing meals to hundreds of Rogue Valley families on Christmas Eve. Our new Parish and Community Center was build specifically for this sort of effort and we were more than happy to have this as the inaugural use of our kitchen space.

Many community members also know us for our now decade-old St. Mark’s Food Pantry, which is continuing to function on Wednesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. We operate out of our new back loading dock, with COVID-19 restrictions still in place, and provide food for dozens of people every week. We continue to feed people “in body, mind, and spirit” from our downtown location of over 100 years at 140 N. Oakdale Ave. We look forward to continuing to serve our community in 2021!

The Rev. Tom Sramek Jr., rector/senior pastor, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Medford

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