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Letters, Nov. 24

Bentz town hall: another view

During his November town hall, Rep. Cliff Bentz made his conservatism clear, reiterating repeatedly his support for President Trump — though the audience reminded him of former President Trump’s status. During 90 minutes of questioning during which he had ample opportunity, especially with two direct questions, Bentz never rejected the Big Lie that the 2020 election was stolen, and seemed only grudgingly to accept Joe Biden as president.

Though vaccinated, Bentz opposed mandates without acknowledging that civilized society protects citizens from irresponsible behavior with mutually accepted rules. Maybe Bentz thinks driver licenses, speed limits and workplace safety rules should be optional.

The abundance of climate questions revealed Southern Oregonians care about this. In responding, Bentz displayed little understanding of the issue. Despite claiming he had read books and attended a workshop, Bentz repeated the naïve falsehood that carbon dioxide is the problem. His promoting natural gas ignored the reality that methane gas is a major contributor.

Bentz boasted of voting against an infrastructure bill that provides funding for Oregon roads, bridges, wildfire, and broadband and now against reconciliation because ...

The town hall offered extended gaslighting but no interest in defending democracy or voting rights against consistent right-wing efforts to undermine them.

Alan Journet

Jacksonville

Giving and receiving

The pioneer spirit dies hard: independence. I can do it myself.

In our country’s early days, we had no choice. If you weren’t a capable jack of all trades, you might go under.

Well, myfine friends, times have changed. Now there are so many of us, we fall all over each other. Some of us need to learn how to better relate to each other. We need to improve our giving and receiving skills.

Giving and receiving is a two-sided coin. You see a need, you want to meet it.

If you’re the one in need, maybe your old pioneer spirit will surface, and you’ll refuse help, saying “Thank you, anyway.” By refusing help you’re denying the giver the joy of giving. Even if you could do the job yourself, think about letting someone do it for you.

It’s a win-win. Everyone’s happy. Here’s an anonymous four liner: “From you I receive, to you I give, together we share, and from this we live.”

Carola Lacy

Ashland