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Letters to the Editor, Dec. 5

Leave judging to God

Unfortunately, the “Sergeant Dace” issue only highlights the general society malice: opportunities to shout anyone who disagrees with one’s views, down!

As a believer, I believe in what the Bible tells us, including the admonition from the Lord in James 7:1-5 regarding judgment. It is unfortunate that today we are so ready to tell everyone else how to live their lives while neglecting our own.

Sergeant Dace has the right to believe and to speak those beliefs; however, my disagreement with the sergeant is the methodology used to express those beliefs. Finally Matthew 5:43–48 says, “Love your enemies” sayeth the Lord. As far as judging another’s heart, I will leave that up to the God who created us.

Don Skundrick, Jackson County commissioner

Not a news story

Friday's Mail Tribune had a front page article headlined "Obama defies GOP wins". This was not a news story, but a biased commentary which belonged on the editorial page.

I expect the front page to have news stories based on facts. If a newspaper deviates from normal policy without without informing their readers, we should question the veracity of its reporting.

An Internet search produces the following facts. 1) President Obama used executive authority only after waiting 18 months for Speaker Boehner to allow a Senate-passed comprehensive immigration reform bill to be discussed. Boehner has failed to bring the bill before the House and has offered no alternatives.

2) "In fact, Obama has issued fewer executive orders than every president since 1901."

3) "Since 1956 two presidents — both Republicans — have employed executive orders to implement immigration reform." (Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.) (Both quotes from the Huffington Post.)

If we are ever to change the adversarial nature of today's politics and move beyond the disfunction choking our federal legislative process, we need "fair and balanced" news coverage from newspapers that respect their readers ability to make informed, intelligent decisions.

Barry Peckham, Ashland

The people are sovereign

The 'Since You Asked' response regarding the lack of an impeachment mechanism for Oregon elected officials perpetuates a falsehood when it states that "those above us aren't totally beyond reproach in this state."

In fact, both the Oregon and United States constitutions are based on the premise that it is we the people who are the apex sovereigns, and those in government are beneath us as our servants and employees. We are not the doormat "grassroots populace" with government above us as is so often stated and taught in the schools.

It is we who, by the founding documents, grant certain distinct, enumerated and limited powers to state and federal government, and it is we who retain all other rights and powers to ourselves.

Oscar Zuniga, Medford

Make voting compulsory

Here is a modest proposal to preserve what is left of democracy in the U.S.: Make voting compulsory or pay a fine. Over 30 countries have such rules.

What are the advantages: A minority of voters could not elect a Congress, such as happened in the last election. Many citizens would have to pay some attention to what elected officials are doing for or against their interests. It would be more difficult for the oligarchs, who are now funding elections with unlimited amounts of money, to continue to have undue influence.

Voting could be made easier such as mail-in-ballots as in Oregon or even voting on the internet with a cell phone or computer. With the voting restrictions now being enacted in many states it might not be long before only the wealthy can afford to reserve a place in line to vote for the half hour the polling places are open in each election.

Frank Hieber, Phoenix

Letters to the Editor, Dec. 5