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Letters, Feb. 15

How to get a vaccine

From what I’ve seen and heard, getting a vaccine in Jackson County if you’re over 65 depends on:

  • Luck.
  • Whom you know.
  • The changing whims of providers.
  • How much one is willing to stretch the truth.
  • Changing state/governor directives.

Along with several others in the 70-75 age range, I was summoned to the Expo vaccination event Jan. 23 via email by Asante, then turned away by Asante after filling out requisite forms and waiting in line for an hour. I am unable to find out from Asante why this happened.

My PCP (Rogue Community Health) has no vaccines, and no information about vaccines.

This is just another example, should we need any more, of why a national, public health plan is crucial.

My thanks to Pam Marsh and Jeff Golden for their attempts to address this frustrating situation.

I am very glad that essential workers with in-person public contact are receiving vaccines, especially school teachers. Hopefully schools will open very soon!

Julia Sommer


Republican senators have no shame

It is incomprehensible how all but six Republican senators could be moved to convict the former president.

Through hours of incriminating, gut-wrenching video of lawmakers’ lives in jeopardy and testimony of the violent insurrection at our Capitol, shown in meticulous detail by the impeachment managers, most Republican senators by all accounts sat reading books and ignoring testimony, ignoring irrefutable evidence of blatant crimes against the U.S. Constitution. Every one of the 44 Republican senators should be held accountable for breaking their oath of office to protect this country over their own self-interest.

They have completely lost the idea of country over self. What happened to the idea of public service? Where is the public pressure on them to do the right thing and convict the cancer so that he can never hurt America again? It is our duty to hold them accountable.

April Rosenthal


Bentz’s failure infuriating

How infuriating that Rep. Cliff Bentz failed to sanction Marjorie Greene for her many inflammatory remarks. He said, “ she went to the House floor to say she regrets her comments and actions.”

But, as Dana Milbank pointed out in a recent Washington Post column, “ she offered no apology and no direct mention of her anti-Semitic and violent statements. Using Christ-on-the-cross imagery, she condemned those who would ‘crucify me in the public square for words that I said, and I regret, a few years ago.’ But she didn’t regret them. She had tweeted the night before: ‘We owe them no apologies. We will never back down.’ ”

After the shootings at the synagogue in Pittsburgh, the small temple I belong to in Ashland was forced to hire armed guards. An Ashland police officer provided training on what to do if an active shooting incident occurred in our building.

Greene’s unrepentant pandering to right-wing radicals and Jew-haters is extraordinarily dangerous. Since Cliff Bentz refuses to sanction her, I have a question for him: What are you, Rep. Bentz, doing to reduce the risk of white supremacist and anti-Semitic violence throughout the U.S. and right here in your own district?

Richard Seidman


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