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Bursting my balloon

A recent letter from Mr. Damon Neal really upset me. He spoke of the family values of the couple in Ashland who are subsisting, very nicely, on money they get from panhandling.

Ever since I left the Democratic Party and became a Republican in 1962, I always thought of myself as the perfect Republican! Now I find that not to be the case, and it's really a big letdown.

According to Mr. Neal, the perfect Republican is one who eschews drugs (I'll go along with that); has a successful business (I'm retired); doesn't believe in abortion (I'll go along with that too); is a stay-at-home parent (as a longtime grandfather, my days of parenting are long passed); benefits from government programs (I do ' Social Security, which I earned); doesn't believe in paying taxes (I don't like 'em but I pay 'em); goes to an Evangelical church (sorry, I'm Catholic); and donates to his political party with cash obtained from begging (all of my donations ' including to my political party ' are from my own resources).

Mr. Neal should be ashamed of himself for bursting my balloon ' I now must face that fact that I'm not perfect. ' Murray LaHue, Phoenix

Strange TV news

This morning I get up, pour myself a cup of coffee and start flipping through the news channels. What's going on in the world today?

I land on Fox News and there's the anchorperson interviewing this strange-looking character in black robes. A judge maybe? No, this guy's got stringy black hair halfway down his back. In fact he's a professional wrestler/satanic priest who's running for governor of Michigan.

— I listen for a few minutes just for laughs. This guy is really out there. Drinks blood from his wife's neck, is in favor of publicly impaling terrorists, worships Satan but doesn't hate Christians. Then I start to think about the Republicrat/Democan thieves and liars usually offered up for my vote and I start wondering. Publicly impaling terrorist, sucks blood from his wife instead of me, hhhmmmm, might not be ... ' Michael Patnesky, Gold Hill

Add teacher aides

With ever-present funding problems and resulting oversized classes, I suggest a plan that would go a long way toward solving the problem.

My answer is not to invest money in real estate, buildings and supplies, but to merely add a teacher's assistant to each class which exceeds the ideal minimum number of students.

These teachers' aides could be teachers in training from higher- education schools, regular substitute teachers or volunteers. They would be paid about &

36;10 to &

36;12 per hour and would have no perks. The demand and supply for such employees would be determined and administered by the local superintendent.

Although not entirely cost-free, it could be done with a minimum expenditure and would relieve the regular teacher of much of the attention-directing and peace-keeping duties so that they could use their professional time as needed to accomplish the schooling goals. ' Kenn Sorgatz, Talent

Shallow salvage debate

The economic debate over the Biscuit salvage project continues in utterly amazing shallowness. It is shocking how timber continues to be used as the exclusive indicator to measure the economic success or failure of the Biscuit salvage project while ignoring all the economic values that were sacrificed to make these timber dollars possible.

For example, salvaging on the TJ Howell Botanical drive destroyed an extraordinary tourism attraction that could have contributed &

36;1 million in tourism to our economy annually. The Biscuit salvage project took this tourism asset, worth millions of dollars annually, and permanently sacrificed it for a one-shot timber receipt.

We could have used a small part of the forest along this drive to establish a sustainable economic future for hundreds of people, but, instead, the Biscuit salvage project sacrificed the opportunity for a few seasonal timber jobs now long gone. A multi-million-dollar, sustainable economic future was sacrificed for the short-term chicken feed that the timber industry got out of the Biscuit salvage project.

It is unimaginable to me that anyone could point to the sacrifices that had to be made to keep the timber industry alive and declare that timber is the way to our economic future. ' Roger Brandt, Cave Junction

Road toward evil

A recent letter to the editor quoted Romans 13:3: Rulers are not a terror to good works but to the evil. Interpretation: Rulers are a terror not on the road toward good works but a terror on the road toward evil.

Were rulers such as Idi Amin, Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, etc., on the road toward good works? No! Such rulers are called evil tyrants.

The Ten Commandments is God's covenant/constitution with humankind containing restrictions placed upon the masses, and their rulers. Without established restrictions, rulers eventually regurgitate terror upon the masses. When rulers ignore established restrictions, the rulers are a terror toward evil.

WMDs used by evil tyrants include: Drugs, poverty, taxes, greed, hate and prejudice, propaganda, injustices through unrestricted Rule of Law and terrorism. These weapons not only kill, but destroy free will, are used for control and lead toward ultimate enslavement under evil tyrants.

To protect the American people from evil tyrants, the founders also established a Constitution/covenant restricting those who govern.

Ignoring their oath (promise) to support (follow) restrictions placed upon them by that Constitution/covenant, this administration is no different from other rulers staying the course toward becoming evil tyrants. ' Randall Hale, Medford