Letters to the Editor, Nov. 3
There is no crisis
There has not been a crisis in my lifetime — 66 years. We are not running out of oil, there are not too many people, there is no major food shortage, and there are places for everyone to live.
We have more stuff and a better quality of life than we ever have. Even people in "poverty" live pretty well. There are bumps in the road and rare incidents of bad things happening, but overall we’re doing great.
The problem is when somebody declares a crisis, some person with the best of intentions wants to make a rule or regulation. They can’t or don’t see the unintended consequences. In Great Britain they made rules to fix climate change, and thousands died because they couldn’t afford to heat their homes.
Let’s not fall in to the trap of reacting to everything as if it’s the end of the world. Nuclear power will not kill millions of people, we don’t need a war on drugs or poverty. We can ignore illegal immigrants. The government does not need to loan money for school and housing. We are smart, resourceful people; we can do it on our own.
Why throw it away?
Reading the news on Saturday that Five Guys is coming to Medford was at first exciting. Just think, another business realizing the potential of opening in Medford. More jobs, good for our economy.
And they make their burgers fresh each day — and I quote from the article: “Everything is prepped that day, and what’s left over is thrown away.”
Am I the only one appalled by this statement? How many hungry seniors, children and adults do we have in Jackson County? Would not donating this leftover, perfectly good food to ACCESS be better?
We the people
It has been said that people are ignorant of our country's history and knowledge of our nation's documents.
The U.S. Constitution provides structures for governance, allowing states to govern within their individual particularities. Sadly, our current administration, judges and courts have overreached the law with executive orders, decisions and in cases overriding the vote at the ballot box.
Our Congress quibbles over details rather than seeing the overall big picture for the good of the people and nothing gets done. Can we just have a balanced budget, affordable insurance premiums and health care, less taxation, military protection against enemies, protected property rights, freedoms for all who live by the laws peaceably without one group usurping power over another and cut the PC rhetoric?
I did learn about civics and government in school but a refresher course is in order. That is why I'm reading "A More Perfect Union," by Ben Carson.
Gun control works
After repeated massacres such as the one in Roseburg, normal people would try to stop the carnage. America is exceptional: We do nothing.
President Obama spoke honestly about gun violence following the tragedy; Republicans parroted NRA propaganda. They complained that it was too soon to discuss preventing another atrocity. Actually it was too late. We should have addressed the issue after one of our many previous mass murders.
The U.S. has far more guns per capita than any other developed nation. By no coincidence it also has by far the highest rate of gun violence. Those who say more guns are the answer insult our intelligence and mock the dead.
Gun control has been ruled constitutional and it works. After a gunman killed 35 people in 1996, Australia passed gun laws that significantly lowered their homicide rate while still allowing citizens to own guns. They haven’t had a mass shooting since. Our lack of effective gun laws makes it too easy for criminals and psychos to get their hands on too much firepower. Gun violence in America is an epidemic. Sending survivors our thoughts and prayers is a sorry substitute for implementing proven preventive measures. Let’s get civilized.