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Letters, Feb. 21

Saving life on earth

Watching the Democratic debates Wednesday night I am grateful that we still have a forum for proposing better solutions for our current scary political situation. I think for all of us that the stakes are really high this year.

For me personally, saving life on Earth is my top passionate concern, for all species. Next priority would be restoring our good relations with our allies globally and regaining their respect by rejoining the Paris Accord and doing our best to fight climate change. Our children’s future and all species depend on us taking action now to stop subsidizing fossil fuels and be sustainable.

Our electoral system needs to be reformed (National Popular Vote and ranked choice voting), but in the meantime, while Oregonians feel excluded from the crazy system we have for choosing our presidential nominee, our votes may still count in the nominating convention in June if the superdelegates come into play and they know how you feel. Please think about what is your most important issue and contact the candidates to make it happen. In a contested party convention, maybe our Oregonian votes will matter after all.

Thank you!

Bonnie Johnson

Ashland

Trump is no beacon of light

We constantly hear right-wingers besotted with conspiracy hoax delusions complaining about the “deep state” as an entity comprising left-wingers committed to sabotaging their freedom.

Actually, what they oppose is the long-standing institutions of government that guarantee our health and freedom, institutions such as Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control, and Justice and State departments. We are safe only when these institutions conduct business with expertise and integrity and follow traditional customs.

The real threats we face are this president and his personal attorney general who have forsaken traditional norms of behavior and now sacrifice the law and all human decency to benefit the president. They are the corrupt deep state we should fear.

Regrettably, congressional Republicans now serve merely as their lap dogs. Far from being chastised by the recent Impeachment, Trump sees his acquittal by the Senate as vindication and now even doubles down on pursuing conspicuous outright corruption and flouting the law.

Unless Republicans somehow find their integrity and their spines, or are voted out of office en masse, we will lose our freedom, our liberty and our democracy. Trump isn’t the beacon of light defending this democracy, he’s the sword of treason destroying it.

Trisha Vigil

Medford

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