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Letters, Feb. 12

Gun bill goes too far

Imagine this scenario: You go on vacation and leave your car locked at home. You return to find your car has been stolen.

You call the police and report the car theft. Two days later the police show up at your door and tell you they found your car. It was stolen by a 16-year-old who used it in a robbery and hit a bystander at the scene. The bystander is in a coma and may never walk again.

Then the police inform you that you’re being fined $2,000 and are personally responsible for the medical care of the bystander for the rest of his life.

If this strikes you as an impossible scenario, reread it but substitute the word “gun” for “car” and you have House Bill 4005, currently being considered in Salem.

I am all for gun safety, but the proposed legislation is a threat that gun owners could lose everything they own even if someone steals their gun, cuts off the lock, and harms someone. That needs to change.

John and Cori Frank

Ashland

In favor of a better solution

In May, Jackson County residents vote on the county commissioners’ and administrator’s proposal to fund $1 billion for a county jail.

We need to plan for an appropriate-sized county jail. More urgently, we need a written plan to fund mental health services for those in need.

A majority of county residents of diverse views strongly oppose this measure. It triples the size of our jail without any written plan to fund community mental health services.

This proposal does not address issues underlying crime. Data from communities like Salem have shown cost-effective, evidence-based ways to manage mental health and addiction issues. Jail is the most costly way to handle these issues and least effective way to prevent crimes from recurring.

This unacceptable proposal gives county commissioners complete authority to manage $1 billion without oversight of county mental health services or any community involvement.

Charlotte Nuessle

Ashland

Above and beyond for STEM

Jennifer Craugh, science teacher at Ashland Middle School, has once again shown her “above and beyond” ’ dedication to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and her students.

This past weekend she and her fellow educators took a group of Ashland Middle School students up to Portland to participate in the BPA Regional Science Bowl competition. They competed earnestly with the top middle school STEM students in the Pacific Northwest. Congratulations to those students who participated; they should be honored at their schools, and thank you to Ms. Craugh and the Ashland School District for their continued support and promotion of STEM education.

Mona J. McArdle, M.D. (as grateful recipient of STEM education in the 1970s)

Ashland

God help the United States

I don’t understand. A trial, in this country, includes testimony. It is intended to seek the factual truth. The impeachment “trial” of President Trump must have been something else.

The Republicans (all but one) voted not to uphold the impeachment by the House. A trial without testimony is not a trial. At least it never used to be.

And true to form, Trump threatened to hang any Republican dissenters from a yardarm. In other words, it was a political whitewash of facts that will shortly come out. Hopefully, people will actually read the facts and make their decision not to vote for a man who has never had an interest in facts, process or truth.

God help the United States. It needs to be protected from its current president.

Peggy Moore

Ashland

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