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Letters, Aug. 13

Fascism and communism

Daily, we are witnessing violent criminal attacks on our democratic institutions by a well-organized communist political group called Antifa — short for anti-fascist. Some members of the media seem to condone Antifa’s criminal behavior by suggesting that because they’re “anti-fascist,” their goals justify their methods.

I am reminded of a metaphor Winston Churchill used in the 1930s to characterize communism and fascism. Churchill said the two are like the North Pole and the South Pole; they couldn’t be further apart. He then went on to say, “if you woke up at either pole tomorrow you could not tell which one it was.”

Churchill was one of the first to recognize that fascism and communism have much more in common than what divides them and that their totalitarianism are essentially sister-creeds. America is the land of the free precisely because we reject these extremist manifestos.

John Frank

Ashland

Jail video sickening

I was sickened when I watched the video of Tony Sancho in the Jackson County Jail. For any readers who haven’t seen the video, this is a link to the video and an article on the Mail Tribune website: https://mailtribune.com/news/crime-courts-emergencies/osf-actor-sues-jackson-county-jail

We elected Sheriff Sickler to run a jail that delivers on what is written on the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office website, which states the department has highly trained specialists and that we can be proud of the services provided by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. They say they work every day to provide the most competent, courteous and effective law enforcement services in the country.

This video is horrifying evidence to the contrary.

Please join me in speaking up to our elected officials including the Jackson County commissioners and the Sheriff’s Office that we expect an independent review of the jail, and that they implement any recommendations that come out of the review.

John Lewis wrote, “Freedom is the continuous action we all must take, and each generation must do its part to create an even more fair, more just society.”

Adrienne Simmons

Ashland

Give me a break?

For the first time since the pandemic started, I recently ventured out to attend two open-air, local venues limited to 20-30 people that advertised as following all state protocols, including masks and social distancing.

The first event, a forum, was extremely well-organized and all attendees arrived wearing masks and observing social distancing of six feet and even more at least initially. At the second, a music event, arriving attendees were more cavalier; most entered the space wearing masks, however, several entered without masks as they talked and weaved past participants who were generally seated six feet apart.

I observed that both the meeting and music venues proceeded well until there was a break. It was at this point that caution, and a few uncovered sneezes and coughs, were tossed to the wind (there was a good breeze at both events).

The unstructured intermission allowed people to do — well, what people naturally do: mingle, greet old friends and socialize, some dropping their masks to communicate, oblivious to those in compliance nearby.

According to the CDC, a mask may not protect the wearer, but it may keep the symptomatic, asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic individual from transmitting the virus to others.

Andy Seles

Ashland

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