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Letters, Nov. 23

Supporting GPHS students

My name is David English and I am a GPHS 1989 alumni living overseas in South Korea. I am writing today to state how proud I am of the students who stood up to be heard on LGBTQ+ issues.

You are brave and strong. Don’t back down and keep advocating for your rights. Know that there are GPHS alums that support you and have your back.

Dr. David English

Pyeongtaek, South Korea

Police let down students

Grants Pass should be so proud of their students. Hundreds of them walked out of school to show love, empathy, caring, and support for their transgender/gender expansive peers.

They know LGBTQ+ students are often bullied and harassed at school. They know they may be rejected or even abused at home. So hundreds of students wanted to let them know they have a safe and welcoming space at their school. They were not going to let the hate and disdain expressed by the “I Resolve” teachers go unanswered.

Unfortunately, Grants Pass police, entrusted with keeping the students safe, decided to allow three religious extremist adults to invade the students’ space, provoke them, and emotionally abuse students who have been subjected to a lifetime of hate from people like them. The police should have escorted those adults down the block to spread their hateful extremist views elsewhere. This simple intervention would have allowed the student-led event to remain uplifting and peaceful.

There were hundreds of students supported by 100 adults all expressing one shared message of love and inclusion regardless of gender identity. I am so proud of the Grants Pass students. But shame on the police entrusted with protecting them.

Debra Koutnik


Thankful for boxing

Thank you for printing “Giving is Living” in Sunday’s Local section. Too often we hear of male toxicity in the form of violence, crime and sexual predation or harassment. Clearly Al Daniels and Troy Wohosky have moved beyond such behaviors with early help from older positive male mentors and now through their boxing business teach young people to safely express themselves while developing healthy bodies.

My dad was a Golden Globe boxer, rancher and a gentle man who lived to age 90. His motto was “Never use your fists outside the ring. They are lethal weapons!” This is a lesson on where to act intensely and it means controlling one’s emotions in most of life’s situations. I am thankful for a place in Medford where boxing is available.

Annie Drager