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Letters, June 2

Fire alert updates, please

Many of those who experienced the Almeda wildfire are looking at the calendar and are extremely concerned about the upcoming fire season. ODF has already announced the early start of the season, extreme drought conditions have been announced and we are already rationing water.

Based on the above, Rogue Valley citizens from Ashland to Eagle Point are asking what the Jackson County commissioners are doing to improve the county emergency notification system. We know they hired Innovative Emergency Management to review what happened on Sept. 8, 2020 and make recommendations.

We would all feel better if the county would periodically update us on the progress of their efforts. We have a right to know. In the absence of any factual updates, people just get more scared. Talk to us!

Susan Scorso

Ashland

Jan. 6 commission

Isn’t it odd in our democracy (or should I say former democracy?) to be likening our USA minority Senate to the actions of Belarus dictator Lukashenko? Apparently, leader McConnell will do anything to curry favor with Lukashenko (whoops, I mean our former President 45) to keep him in perpetual power.

Back in January many Republicans wanted a full investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection, the worst violent attack on our Capitol since the Civil War, which we all witnessed. Then, even Mitch McConnell said a full investigation should go forward, since all their lives and especially the vice president’s, had been directly threatened. Now the Senate Republican leadership has completely backpedaled and refuses to join the proposed bipartisan 9/11-type commission to find out what happened and how to prevent further violent attacks on our national Capitol.

A complete whitewash? It didn’t happen? Do we have a Lukashenko/ 45 authoritarian type “leader” holding craven politicians in his grip?

I do thank Rep. Cliff Bentz, for his vote to support this commission. It really matters for our democracy to have some elected officials with enough integrity and spine in our deeply divided times to go against their wrong-headed political leadership.

Bonnie Johnson

Ashland

Changing racism and our hot planet

My conscience is bothering me. One son tells me that the only thing to turn racism around is for a critical mass of white men and women to put their lives at risk by standing between peaceful protestors and the police. It’s because the police will think, “Hey, they are white, just like me, so I don’t want to hurt them.”

Although I’ve been to jail twice for peaceful protests, at 98 I don’t want to do it anymore. But, at least I can share my son’s belief, hoping that some of you will act on it.

And, another thing. What am I willing to give up now to help ensure that future generations will inherit a liveable earth? Something to think about and do, before we burn up our planet.

Carola Lacy

Ashland