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Letters, Aug. 22

Making America great

My grandmother Eva was one of 11 children in a Jewish family. Eva was the third youngest.

She was born in 1900 to Lazar and Leah Aranov, who lived in a village near Kiev, Russia. The two eldest children, Gitel and Isir were killed by anti-Semitic Cossacks who raided Jewish communities in the Ukraine. Known as pogroms, a Russian word for “devastation,” they were mob attacks, approved by authorities, on the property or lives of religious, racial or national minorities.

My grandmother remembered one time the Cossacks came to their village and ripped the pierced earrings from her sisters’ ears without allowing the young girls to first remove them. For a better life, the Aranovs would need to leave their homeland and go where they could live in freedom and without fear.

In 1910, the eldest boys, Max and Nate, were allowed to enter the United States. They lived with cousins in Chicago, taking any job in order to save money to send tickets to America for family members. As the family arrived, one by one, they would work to save money for the others.

My grandmother Eva was 14 when she and her 16-year-old sister Fanny made their way by train across Russia and then by boat to the U.S. Gram never saw her mother again. Leah died in 1924 on the boat bound for the U.S. Gram’s youngest brother, Lavov, was never allowed to leave and was conscripted into the Russian Army. Her sister Chiah escaped to Israel.

Why America? “It is the land of milk and honey,” Gram said to me when she was 87 and recounting her life. “Anything is possible in America.”

Cheryl French


Denying the obvious

It’s astonishing how humans can deny the obvious! We thought once serious regional disasters occurred that clearly implicated global warming, Americans and our leaders would respond. Think again!

Here we are, confronted by dwindling snowpack, advancing spring snowmelt, and suffocating heat stimulating wildfires and hazardous health conditions, and still there are those like Trump and his cult who blame something or someone else, deny the science, and recommend logging the forest to protect it. Here we are with decades of fire suppression having transformed our forests, and still we have folks urging yet more fire suppression rather than sane forest management that would allow us to manage the inevitable and essential forest fires.

We face a catastrophe of immense proportions if we fail to address global warming; we are just seeing a small harbinger of our future. Yes, indeed, global biodiversity along with our agriculture, our forestry and our fisheries are at risk. For our children’s sake we should reject this ridiculous denial and work together to solve the problem of climate pollution before it’s too late — and that’s if we are not too late already.

Denying global warming is as smart and helpful as medically denying cancer exists.

Alan Journet, co-facilitator, Southern Oregon Climate Action Now


Disgraceful deportation

Marine Sgt. Cuauhtemoc Juarez served three tours including combat in Iraq.

His wife, Alejandra, was deported last week. Juarez spent “thousands of dollars fighting deportation.”

Stars and Stripes quoted Alejandra Juarez: “Mr. President, by deporting me, you are not only making me suffer, you are making a combat veteran suffer.” It is utterly disgraceful conduct, to shatter a combat veteran’s family.

Rep. Soto was quoted,” We are talking about someone who this country owes a debt to.”

My close family is a Vietnam combat veteran with PTSD. Strong family ties helped him survive terrible atrocities of war.

Our country must live up to its sacred duty to uphold the honor of our warriors.

They risk and have risked everything.

All of us are indebted to their service whether we take up arms or not.

Charlotte Nuessle


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