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Letters to the Editor, July 3

Mourning June Kranenburg

We mourn the untimely death of June Kranenburg and her husband in a plane crash.

June was a great person and a gifted dance instructor. She had a wonderful inclusive manner so that even the most challenged person wanted to learn to dance. She was great with all ages from teens to seniors but she often said she loved teaching high school and college students. Thanks to her, there are a lot more young people dancing these days in the Rogue Valley.

Personally, she saved us from many a dance "meltdown" by helping us through the "rough spots" learning new steps. She was also an accomplished choreographer, matching the dance moves to the skill level of the dancers — a real confidence booster.

Evidently a good dance instructor was needed "up there" and June was called to the task. We don't imagine that her wings will hamper her one bit. She'll probably come up with some new steps! We miss you, June.

"Never miss a chance to dance!"

Kathy and Jack Ashcraft

Medford

Amazing

It's amazing to me and yet very disgusting to see marijuana on the front page of this paper for a four-day series, although I'm sure it was nicely done. Is this really what you want to portray as important to your readers?

It seems that the real news that sits inside the sheets is somewhat obscure compared to your pot stories. I also doubt that many people who use the stuff support the Trib by purchasing your papers. 

Nice call!

Bruce McLaren

Medford

Hopes dashed again

In 1964 President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, allowing African Americans to fully participate in American life. Then he took it away by signing the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. Foreigners poured into the country, taking jobs and opportunities that would have gone to American blacks. When the 1968 election came, race riots were in full swing.

In 2008, black Americans had reason to hope again. Barack Obama became America’s first black president, and he vowed to put the country on a path to prosperity. But who prospered — international banking cartels, public employee unions and rich Democratic donors with investments in alternative energy.

White Americans recovered a little, Hispanics less so, and blacks saw their fortunes sink lower than ever. Still, they supported Obama, who was born in Hawaii, grew up in Indonesia and had little in common with descendants of slaves.

Recently, Obama compounded the sins of Johnson by trying to grant work permits to 5 million illegal aliens. Black hopes were dashed once again.

We’re coming up on another election and race riots are back. Hopefully voters will choose wisely in 2016, and take the country off the destructive path blazed by Johnson and Obama.

Robert Bennett

Grants Pass

Winners write history

The hysteria over the Confederate flag is further proof that history books are written by the winners. 

That flag was created to represent millions of people who desired freedom and independence from northern oppression, taxation and arrogance.

The list of Southern generals who opposed slavery is a long one. So is the list of Northern generals who owned slaves.

The fact that my great-great-grandfather fought for the North at Gettysburg hasn't convinced me that he was on the right side.

Two wars of independence have been fought on this continent. The first rebellion was successful. the second failed. The descendants of that failure don't deserve to have their noses rubbed in defeat.

Ron Smith

Medford

Letters to the Editor, July 3