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Letters, Aug. 3

Public radio leans to the left

My wife and I were consistent supporters of KSOR public radio in Ashland. However, we were forced to discontinue that support when it became clear that the station and its national content supplier had swung their reporting inexorably to advocacy for the left.

A week ago this was again thrown into amusing but nevertheless alarming reality. Two correspondents held forth in a long, earnest piece in support of big government. They decried “limited” government, pointing out such a system was decidedly anti-democratic. After all, they gravely asserted, there was no chance of the public being served unless government expanded to cover all the myriad needs of the people.

They went on to laud pure democracy as created in ancient Greece — solemnly declaring that the United States would do well to emulate that classic example of governance. A gong went off in my head because I knew every such household held as many as three or four slaves! I waited for these two to drop the other shoe but they never did.

Perhaps it is the case that history is neglected in our educational system. Or, mayhap, one might suspect they were trying to pull the fleece over their listeners’ peepers?

Hubert Smith


Article lacked sources

The problem with Lee Friday’s article in the July 17 Mail Tribune is that no actual study was done and no actual facts were quoted from independent sources.

“Compared to the U.S. system, the Canadian system has lower costs, more services, universal access to health care without financial barriers, and superior health status. Canadians and Germans have longer life expectancies and lower infant mortality rates than do U.S. residents.” (Comparisons of Health Care Systems in the United States, Germany and Canada, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov › articles › PMC3633404.)

These are facts from an independent source that has actually done research prior to forming a conclusion. Something Lee Friday has failed to do.

The Canadian health care system is successful at significantly lower cost than the U.S. system. We need Medicare for all or a public option.

Mark Soderstrom


Accepting climate change

We need an honest discussion about the future of salmon in the Pacific Northwest.

It looks like snowpack can no longer be depended on for a water source or for the salmon. As we look to the future we need to figure out away to store water.

We need to except the fact that the climate is warming and squandering the water we have to desperately try and save the salmon may be a losing battle.

Perhaps it’s time to build more dams, not breach older ones.

Bob Rawlings