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Wisdom of the Founders

In a recent letter I wrote that, for unity’s sake, as partisan Democrats and Republicans we needed to expose ourselves to differing viewpoints in forming our political philosophies and opinions. These four quotations below of the Founding Fathers are as valid today as when they were uttered. Perhaps, in view of recent events, even more so:

Jefferson — “If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.” Madison — “A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both.

John Adams — “No people will tamely surrender their liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused, and virtue is preserved.”

Washington — “Truth will ultimately prevail where pain is taken to bring it to light.”

The key words above? Jefferson — “remain free” and “responsibility.” Madison — “prologue to tragedy” Adams — “virtue” — not as goodness, but the Roman definition, which also placed importance on civic duty.

But, most important of all, especially lately, is Washington’s focus on “truth.” It takes some digging, but when found offers us hope and unity. We must work together.

George Mozingo

Ashland

Photo ID dichotomy

The left appears determined to limit the ability of individual states to require proper photo ID in order to cast one’s vote. They disregard the fact that such ID is required in any number of other situations and claim that requiring photo ID is an attempt to “suppress” the minority vote.

I wonder if any of these brainwashed individuals has ever attempted to exchange a non-working Spectrum cable/DVR box as I did recently. At the counter I was asked for a photo ID. I provided my Oregon driver’s license, at that point overdue for renewal but still valid under the time extension granted due to the pandemic. I also offered my concealed carry license photo ID, also overdue for renewal for the same reason. Neither was accepted.

I was informed that it was a federal Law that such a cable box exchange required a currently valid photo ID. So while it appears I am allowed to vote in many states without any form of photo ID, I am not allowed, by federal Law, to exchange a cable box without presenting valid photo ID. Will someone please offer a rational explanation for this that will pass the sniff/smell test?

Gaither B. Everett

Medford

Why Qanon?

Why anyone follows Qanon is a mystery to me. As I understand it, “Q” claims that he has a “Q” clearance and that this somehow makes him privy to intelligence information about pedophile rings and other matters. As a person who has had “Q” clearance I can tell you that this is absolute nonsense. At first, I figured it was an elaborate spoof that only a few really ignorant folks would fall for. I was wrong.

A “Q” clearance is related only to information about nuclear technologies and is limited further to only the information that you actually need to know for your specific mission. The clearance has nothing to do with intelligence information. The Wikipedia page is an excellent overview of the “Q” clearance.

So, somehow this group of Q followers has been sold a bill of goods regarding child trafficking, etc. The interesting thing is that these stories appear to be a crude re-telling of the old (1902), and thoroughly debunked Protocols of the Elders of Zion. This book was promulgated by the Russian Czar and the Russian Orthodox hierarchy to justify pogroms against the Jewish populations of Russia and Eastern Europe. Now it is being used to justify pogroms against Democrats, Jews and the Capitol itself.

The bottom line is that anyone who believes this stuff is seriously misinformed and misguided. If you are one of these people, you should do a little research and quit being duped.

Richard Melville

Jacksonville

False narrative

A recent news magazine cover headline: “Driving while Black.”

Any news reporter should know that driving while black is no different than driving while white. The headline promotes a known false narrative.

Mainstream media promotes destructive false narratives: BLM is good. Police are bad. Whites are to blame and Blacks are helpless. Outright lies are not needed; omissions and emphases can do it.

Black victimhood was severe 100 years ago. Even so, Black children grew up with loving fathers in the home. Black people worked hard and advanced their position. That was until the ’60s, when Republicans promoted the Civil Rights Act, and a Democratic president signed it. Great. Racism plunged. The downside was that a narrative was advanced that victimhood, which was still real, deserved public and government support. Victimhood became profitable. Destruction of Black families and degeneration of neighborhoods led to today’s problems.

Blacks now have a high and increasing crime rate. Thousands more are murdered, Black on Black, because of false beliefs about helpless victimhood.

Unrepentant Democrats continue their false narratives.

Solutions will not come from the media until responsible Blacks insist on it.

Ira Edwards

Medford