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Letters, Aug. 6

The science is clear

Although recommendations to deal with COVID-19 have been tweaked as researchers learn more about this dangerous virus (that is how science works), respected public health scientists who have devoted decades to fighting disease have been very clear about what people need to do to bring the coronavirus under control: wear a mask, stay six feet from others and wash your hands. Simple.

It is baffling that anyone still buys into discredited and irrational theories that have no connection to facts and that, sadly, are often touted by our president and those who enable his promotion of harmful behavior and useless remedies.

This should not be a divisive political issue. It’s about saving lives. Please, follow the safety protocols that expert medical advisers say will help us get our lives back to normal.

If you are still convinced that science is some kind of conspiracy and Trump knows best, ask yourself this: If you had a brain tumor, would you want to be treated by a skilled neurosurgeon or by President Trump? If you would choose a capable doctor over the gut instincts of our president, why wouldn’t you do the same when deciding who to believe about a deadly pandemic?

Jan Lippen-Holtz

Ashland

Do the right thing 2

I support Irene Kai (letter, Aug. 04) in her call to work for change in the system that allowed the mistreatment of Tony Sancho in the county jail. I’m sure many of us were horrified to see him handled so roughly when he called the deputies.

Tony ended up in jail because he was intoxicated. Handcuffed in an empty cell with no toilet, he knocked on the cell door for attention. While the treatment of Tony was inhumane, it illustrates what likely happens to others in captivity whose situation does not reach the public forum.

The problem here is much larger than the inexcusable treatment of one man. The APD responded to a call because there aren’t other systems in place to handle social issues. Tony tells the cops that he doesn’t want to be handcuffed because he is a “brown man” indicating he knew what to expect.

In jail he clearly knew how to present himself to the guards in a non-threatening way by backing up to the wall one time and by kneeling another time. As a white woman, I wouldn’t know enough to do that. If his treatment in jail wasn’t worse because he was brown, is the explanation that they treat everybody that way?

I want Southern Oregon to be a safe place for people of color and other underrepresented people to live. We as a community need to change the systems than allow such treatment to occur.

Elizabeth Fairchild

Ashland

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