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Will Smith’s slap

In the hearings of Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, Sen. Marsha Blackburn tossed Jackson a trap question about what the definition of “woman” is. During the Academy Awards ceremony, comedian Chris Rock’s insensitive joke targeted Zada Pinkett Smith, who struggles with a hair loss condition.

Not that I condone physical discipline, but for me, Will Smith’s slap was a necessary cathartic cultural correction. When politicians and comedians indulge in noxious behavior to make others look bad, or to get a laugh at someone else’s expense, it’s time for us to quit giving them a pass.

Maybe a question to ask Blackburn is, “what does it mean to be human?” And can we ask the academy to set higher award presentation standards not only to honor the professional artists but to also show more respect for the in-house and national audience?

Judy Ticehurst

Ashland

Human ‘nature’

The horrific events continuing to unfold in the Ukraine once again prove that there is far more than just a one-letter difference between “human” and “humane”.

Stan Loer

Grants Pass

Roe v. Wade reversal

I remember what it was like in this country before Roe v. Wade and have great empathy for young women with their backs to the wall.

If Roe v. Wade is reversed, what is wrong with a DNA database of all males in the U.S.? It takes two to make a baby. Both should be responsible for their actions. The fathers could have their wages attached for 18 years. Seems fair to me.

Gail Ahrens

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