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Letters to the Editor, Jan. 3

New Year short-circuit

Perhaps we really haven't learned our most important lessons. We Homo sapiens may have an evolutionary kink in our software. Amazing how complicated our sciences as opposed to our simple humanity.

Like the biosphere, Wall Street is now an artifact of what we all know. At least those of us still paying attention. It's the big shots and our own consumption insanity that is killing us and the planet.

We all don't have much time to embrace each other if we don't get busy in the right direction, as we stand shorn and wait for whatever our leadership decides will be our fate. When we run out of air to breathe and water to drink and our GMO crops finally fail (apparently not too big to fail), we will need to muster all the grit we can to face the obvious and sill get a life.

Coming soon to an economy near you, Wall Street, the federal government and most everything else may not matter, as Humpty Dumpty recovery ecologists might be our only hope, when we drop the ball once more in the end game of another disastrous year for those of us on the ropes.

Jim Thompson


We've done worse

Vote for Trump? I hope not. But to his credit, he is not joined at the hip with agribusiness. He is not twitterpated by the media. He is immune to vaccine herd psychosis. He is not intimidated by Democratic chutzpah. He is not spellbound by Obamacare. He knows the TPP treaty is oppressive.

A Trump presidency could bring an unexpected reform. The first time he issues an unconstitutional proposal, both Senate and House will suddenly awake from their coma and realize there is a proper role for the president, and making laws is not it. As neither like Trump, they would trim the imperial presidency down to its constitutional size, as long overdue.

Vote for Trump? I hope not, but we have done worse.

Ira Edwards


Where are the churches?

I was in line at a local fast-food place the other day when an unkempt woman ambled in and began asking people if they had "donations" of food. All turned her away.

But thanks partly to internalized guilt leftover from my former church-going days, I decided to buy her something. I paid anonymously and asked the wary clerk to give it to her.

And it occurred to me: Why should someone have to be hungry and homeless at this time of year in this country of so many religions? All over Medford and the outlying areas, there are churches — tax-exempt churches — with their well-maintained buildings empty, locked, and heaters running. The whole purpose for churches being tax-exempt is the idea that they provide invaluable community service.

Yes, churches provide funds to charitable organizations, but many also provide funds to organizations involved with political issues, predominantly of the far right.

Maybe it's just me, or do churches these days seem more concerned about political issues, or whether or not someone should bake a wedding cake for a gay couple, than with helping people, or community service?

Vanessa Price


Letters to the Editor, Jan. 3