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Our politics are depressing: Europeans came to America here, took Native American land, then subjugated them; enslaved Africans, even after the Emancipation Proclamation through legalisms; and now are attempting to oust Latin Americans, though it's obvious they were enticed here to provide the wealthy with a cheap, unrepresented work force.

Additionally, the Republican tea party shows signs of a Third Reich mentality — whites are supreme and compromise is a dirty word. This country is toast! — Hartley Anderson, Medford

In the days leading up to and during the strike, Eagle Point School District 9 and its allies have falsely characterized teachers and staff as overpaid, under-worked, lazy, greedy, dangerous, unreasonable, dispensable and stooges of an unscrupulous union leadership.

Meanwhile, building principals stood by and, if not participating in the smear campaign directly, have kept silent, a silence from which I can only conclude that either they lack the courage to speak up, or that they agree with the district's win-at-all-costs tactic of publicly denigrating the people who teach our children, drive our buses, maintain our buildings and ensure the smooth running of our schools.

No matter the reason, spending the taxpayers' money to run a public relations campaign intended to poison people's minds against the people who work in the schools is a misuse of district resources and a slap in the face to the teachers and staff members who work hard for our students.

The employees of District 9 will maintain their professionalism as they finish out the school year and come back for work in September. I, however, wonder how District 9 "leadership" expects to effectively lead the hard-working people they have publicly maligned. — Jay D. Schroder, language arts reacher, Eagle Point High School

Democrats should be panicking because their guy (BO) has nothing to run on this re-election. His fantastic record:

Foreign policy: Negotiations without pre-conditions with our enemies, Iran, Pakistan, Palestine to name a few. Iran is flaunting the fact they will have the bomb shortly and Pakistan is jailing a doctor who helped rid the world of bin Laden.

Economy: Saving and creating jobs: Unemployment is still more than 8 percent, when promised it would never reach 8 percent if "we" gave him billions for bailouts. The only jobs created — government jobs — were the only ones saved.

  • The auto industry: The American public paid for and is now part owner of GM. GM has never repaid the debt. It transferred it to "old GM" and therefore claim not to owe it any longer.
  • Giving more than $500 million to his cronies (Democratic fundraisers) to create "green" jobs for the companies to then go bankrupt, when the government knew this would happen.
  • Blaming the Republicans because of their 2010 wins is totally dishonest because the Democrats did nothing the prior two years, when they controlled the government, except the Obamacare fiasco. The Senate never submitted a budget in the past four years. Why not? — P. Moran, Medford

I am writing about the article concerning the LUBA decision, the Housing Authority of Jackson County, and Cherry Creek. It appears your reporter took a call from a HAJC attorney and ran with it, checking no facts whatever.

I hope that said reporter will know read the LUBA decision and rescind his article and write the real results without commentary by a Portland attorney. I'm also hoping you'll print how much the good citizens of Jackson County have doled out for the attorney. After all, this is a state agency, therefore, we are all paying for what HAJC has into this project. — Rebecca Kilgras, Medford

Michael Steely (Letters, May 27) states that greed divides our country. It is the politics of envy and class warfare led by our president that divides our country.

Mr. Steely's letter could not be more representative of this view. He exposes the greed of the left with his call to redistribute wealth. It is a desire to possess the unearned. How is this to be achieved except by the use of force?

This is hardly a Christian thing to do let alone patriotic.

Mr. Steely sets up straw men to knock down to make his argument virtuous by comparison. Examples: Where is the evidence that a military-industrial complex embroils us in wars?

Ayn Rand did not advocate "taking from the poor and giving to the rich" as Mr. Steely implies. He evades the lessons of history in regards to wealth distribution.

Think of the corruption in Communist Russia, China, Cuba and decrease in the standard of living that occurred with this notion. This doesn't make any difference to an envier.

What counts is that the productive, the honest and wealth creators be destroyed.

As Ayn Rand said, "Envy is the hatred of the good for being the good." — Gordon W. Dickerson, Medford

The Mail Tribune had an article about CEO salaries increasing by 6 percent this year.

This seems to fly in the face of high unemployment and the average employee's pay going down rather than up.

Due to "the economy," people with jobs are regularly reminded how fortunate they are to have a job.

They are asked to take pay and benefit reductions and to take on more work and responsibilities. Many times these are the sacrifices that a company needs to ask of its employees so that the overall organization can survive.

In the process, companies and the employees learn how to do more with less — fewer people, fewer benefits, and less pay, among other things.

Once companies get past the crises and start doing better again, they are faced with the decision, should I restore salaries and benefits and rehire people who have lost their jobs or should I pay my CEO more?

Industry is the engine that drives our economy; however, it can also help solve some of problems a little closer to home by doing things like sharing in the game with all employees — not just top management and the CEO. — Bruce Kelling, Medford

In his 1885 Memorial Day speech at Harvard, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., himself a Civil War veteran, doesn't seem to have given much thought to the scope of war beyond engagements in the field.

Most of the carnage in all wars previous, excepting ancient wars of ethnic and religious hatred that resulted in the sacking of cities and killing of their populations wholesale, involved mainly action, en masse, between opposing armies. Then World War I saw the advent of new weapons of mass destruction used to grotesque ends, but still primarily inflicting death and injury, wantonly and ingloriously, upon soldiers entrapped in trench warfare.

The Second World War perfected warfare upon civilians to new levels of horror, raining indiscriminate death on noncombatants as never before. Total military deaths in World War II were about 22 million worldwide; civilian, more than 50 million. One can only imagine what a nuclear future may hold for us.

Hence, Mr. Holmes' hyperbolic address was in contemporary terms an emotional overreach as a treatise on the "spiritual" contribution to warfare by individual soldiers. It may appear as such primarily to the winners, especially to a nation whose civilian population has remained largely unscathed since its inception — particularly, ours. — Gary R. Collins, Jacksonville

In reference to Mark Freeman's May 30 article about Mac Embury's illegal stork, it appears this bird is illegal here because it is not indigenous to the terrain (much like white people). So Mr. Embury must get a permit, and whatever restrictions that go with it, to legally own one of God's creatures.

I say "nuts" to the authorities. Kiss my grits, if you think I would apply for a permit and place myself under bureaucratic jurisdiction. This is not a venomous snake, a ravenous hyena or bird of prey, it is a stork, for God's sake! But the authorities must have their say and their taxes.

Government says, at its whim, what is illegal and unlawful. Once again, government is wrong. Unlawful is something clearly against the law, whereas illegal may merely mean a sick bird. — Brad Martinkovich Medford

The "Happy Memorial Day" greeting on the top of the May 28 front page was grossly insensitive and inappropriate to the intended meaning behind the establishment of the Memorial Day holiday.

Your additional "Happy Holiday" reference at the end of the announcement of the closing of MT offices was equally disturbing as it signaled further emphasis on the celebratory, rather than the solemn commemorative aspect of the holiday. — Dorothy J. Carothers, Medford