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Letters, March 4

Shocked by changes

Mr. Saslow: We have subscribed to the Ashland Tidings paper for 31 years, through thick and thin, and were shocked to read your piece last Sunday about changes coming. How can you describe your desire for an unbiased product when in the same moment eliminate discourse about goings on outside our little valley?

Our lives here are impacted profoundly by state and national politics, not just city and county. As well, why should we trust that you want unbiased journalism when you are eliminating a news source because of your own bias? The Washington Post is a respected news source, one of the few left that actually does investigative journalism.

The notion that you feel the need to censor information provided us is disturbing. An unbiased newspaper is not afraid of different points of view.

We’ve supported the local paper because it’s a community asset. However, this apparent desire of yours to shut out voices and decide to print what suits your bias is, for us, the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Please reconsider your decision.

Michael Lessmeier and Sherrill Rinehart

Ashland

If Black Lives Matter, pay up

If you believe Black Lives Matter, it’s not enough to shout slogans in the street or call your legislators. You need to put your money where your mouth is.

There are scores — if not hundreds — of organizations that demonstrate Black Lives Matter by providing programs and services in heath care, education, housing, job training and nutrition in and for predominantly Black communities. An emotional favorite of mine is the Soulsville Foundation in Memphis, which offers the Stax Music Academy after-school program for students in grades 6-12. This inspiring program carries on the spirit of Black lives that mattered to me (and millions of others) in the golden age of soul music.

In coming weeks, many of us will receive stimulus payments that we don’t really need. Much of mine will go to Soulsville. If stimulus cash is excess for you as well, do some research, and then reroute some of it to one of the many organizations that make Black lives better.

Bruce Borgerson

Ashland

Editorial was stunning

Upon moving to Medford, I subscribed to the Mail Tribune and have since enjoyed the morning routine of the paper and a cup of coffee. Those joys were shattered by the stunning editorial of owner/publisher Steven Saslow.

His changes comprise a brutal assault on First Amendment rights and a swing toward an ideology-based paper, the exact opposite of what Saslow says he seeks. His specious attempt to cloak these as efforts to avoid the perception of bias is illogical. He merely exposed his personal biases through a blatant attempt to stifle the voices of his readership. This defies logic.

Saslow notes a 10:1 ratio in left:right leaning letters — likely reflecting his subscription base. Apparently, he plans to mold local opinions by suppressing those he doesn’t share.

Saslow announces exerting more input in editorial points of view and threatens no longer to print letters concerning national issues but restrict letters to local and regional issues. Apparently, he will decide what gets printed based on some undefined notion of geography regardless that most issues cannot be so easily categorized. He then incongruously rejects Washington Post articles because of bias! This is how democracy dies. Let’s rise up against this atrocity.

Christine Haynie

Medford

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