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Letters, Dec. 28

Quakers condemn killing

We, South Mountain Quakers, condemn the recent killing of Aidan Ellison, a Black teenager, by Robert Keegan, a white man, in Ashland, Oregon.

Aidan’s tragic death illuminates the shadow legacy of the United States, founded on enslavement of Blacks by whites for the latter’s economic gain. We view Aidan’s murder as yet another reminder that white male dominance persists throughout our country, including here in the Rogue Valley. Systemic racism is a mindset that all Americans have internalized, and we recognize how the historic burden of prejudice both destroys Black lives and distorts white perceptions.

We fear for our Black neighbors’ safety, living in a region that is overwhelmingly white, with little comfortable space to be themselves.

We welcome other white Rogue Valley residents to join us in educating ourselves and looking within, altering the lens through which we perceive others so we can recognize our common humanity.

We seek to join together with Black community members and Black-led organizations to promote racial justice and equality.

We intend to work with others to make everyone in the Rogue Valley safer. Contact: ashlandquakers@gmail.com

Bob Morse, South Mountain Friends Meeting (Quakers)


As guilty as Trump

Trump’s years in the White House were consistently anti-American.

When not serving Putin and other dictators across the globe, he and his cult were compromising democracy by depriving Americans of their vote. He now loses the election in what he described four years ago as a landslide, and the pouting narcissistic loser reveals his anti-Americanism more profoundly.

Let’s overlook the years of racism, white nationalism, misogyny, xenophobia, lies, conspiracy hoaxes, anti-science and incompetence that the Trump Cult and Crime Family Syndicate have delivered. Let’s focus on what Trump has delivered since the election. Despite no evidence of voter fraud, Trump and his D.C. swamp cult maintain the hoax that massive fraud occurred and Trump didn’t lose.

Get over it! In an election uncompromised by fraud, Trump lost big-time. Yet this would-be dictator has sided with Russia again and is trying to destroy everything this nation represents.

Millions of Americans contract COVID, and a third of a million die, and Trump shows no sympathy and does nothing. As Russia invades our nation yet again with a declaration of cyber war, Trump does nothing. Trump cult followers are as guilty as Trump.

Trisha Vigil


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