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Letters, Feb. 7

The new normal

Our country has embarrassed itself courtesy of the president and the two political parties in Washington. Their lowered bar is now the new normal from which we can only go up.

Now more than ever, we need to make America great again, but with someone other than Donald Trump at the helm.

Peter Anastos

Ashland

Editorial offers false choice

The editorial of Feb. 6 in support of a new jail uses a common form of persuasion, given the nickname of putting people on “the horns of a dilemma.” It presents an issue with the false choice of only two options.

I believe that we need a new jail. I also am firm in my stand that we need contracted/dedicated mental health and alcohol and drug programs with the new jail. The current pro-jail crowd wants a new jail with a nod to, and no commitment for, planned mental health and alcohol/drug programs.

If we fall for the current proposal and the new jail as is, there will be little to no reason to do anything concrete for treatment options. This is not the movie “Field of Dreams,” — “Build it and they will come.”

I suggest a no stand is a valid negotiating strategy. Take that no stand against the current jail proposal that is a stand-alone fix. Start over with the goal of a needed new jail of some kind along with contracted, dedicated, and paid for mental health and alcohol/drug programs.

Larry Slessler

Medford

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