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Letters, Dec. 18

Americans: Speak out!

Chris Honoré’s commentary “At the expense of our Democratic norms and ideals” graphically articulates our national dilemma: How do we as Americans go forward?

With Honoré’s reference to a New York Times’ pre-election editorial, he notes in exquisite detail the increasingly dangerous assaults on our democracy. Any thinking American must acknowledge these vicious attacks and harm from within. Yet 77 percent of Republicans believe in Trump and his enablers, and that the election was “illegitimate.”

Trump’s evil response of “#OVERTURN” is toxic to our country’s democracy. We Americans need to face this internal rot, speak out, and work for unified restoration of the United States of America.

Judith A. Corbin

Ashland

Skepticism is warranted

The Tidings’ Dec. 15 editorial concerning newly developed COVID-19 vaccines described those who questioned the safety of these vaccines as having “vulnerable minds” possessed of “unfounded conspiracy theories unsupported by any science.”

Vaccine administration, as with any non-emergency medical procedure, should occur only after consultation with your doctor and only after considering all the available information on any potential risks involved. Respectfully, the editors at the Mail Tribune, however rigorous their scientific backgrounds, are not a substitute for the doctor/patient relationship and would be well-advised to avoid giving medical advice on the pages of their newspaper.

Furthermore, there is very credible information that one may wish to consider about these new vaccines. For example, according to an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, there are “no commercially available vaccines (that) use the platform (mRNA) and, until now, it hasn’t been tested in large-scale human trials.”

I feel that, given the level of political pressure — not to mention the financial incentives — behind the development of the various genetic vaccines for COVID-19, and in consideration of their relatively untested nature, a bit of skepticism is not indicative of a “vulnerable mind” — in fact, just the opposite.

Craig Anderson

Ashland

Provide shelter and sanctuary

A person’s home is their only sanctuary in a private property-centered society.

The homeless need a sanctuary, a place to sleep, and not to be criminalized by discriminatory ordinances. As it stands, an unhoused individual, sleeping outside, can be rousted from their sleep, told to move on, given a written eviction notice, possibly given a citation and fined. They are told to move on with no place to go.

The homeless population clearly operates within a set of unconventional mores. However, they are willing to help and care for one another. They have established guidelines about acceptable and unacceptable behaviors within the collective. All tribal societies have done this. Yet, they are castigated for their unconventionality, not unlike the Romani of European origin.

Most of us abide by conventional ordinances because we have been indoctrinated and have resources and investments to protect. But what if you don’t have the capacity nor indoctrination to do so? You’ll end up challenging discriminatory ordinances aimed at the unconventional.

Ashland must rise above the prejudicial histories related to such people, make operable sanctuary spaces for the homeless, and extend a caring hand providing public health services.

We must provide a place for an unhoused individual to make a bed and sleep without police harassment. We must provide sufficient shelter for bedding down, make space for tents and little houses. Project Turnkey and CAHOOTS help, but we need to do more. Change the city ordinances. Stop the brutality.

Daniel Cazares

Ashland

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