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Letters to the Editor, May 23

Narcissistic delusion

“Am I the only one who exists and everything else an illusion for my own experience?” As a child, I often toyed with this narcissistic idea. How about, “if no one is there when a tree falls in a forest, does it make any sound?” Put another way, is reality something that exists outside of ourselves which we perceive or is reality something we create with our perceptions?

Do I really need to answer the question? All but the delusional must agree that reality is real regardless of perception. Yes, a falling tree makes noise even if no human being, rabbit, or deer hears it. In light of overwhelmingly consistent testimony regarding reality (which consistency is the basis of science), it’s outright foolish to think that one’s perception molds reality.

So, why does anyone think a man can become a woman by perceiving himself as a woman? He cannot change reality by putting on mascara and a dress. He cannot change into a woman by mutilating his genitals any more than I can become a Cyclops by poking my eye out. While a man may forcefully deny reality, there is no good reason to force the rest of us to play along with his narcissistic delusion.

Drew Hymer

Medford

Time to stand up

So now we know who will be the Republican nominee.

In the words of Abby Mann, author of Judgment at Nuremberg:

“If all the leaders … were sadistic monsters and maniacs — these events would have no more moral significance than an earthquake or other natural catastrophes. But this trial has shown that under the stress of national crisis, ordinary men — even able and extraordinary men — can delude themselves into the commission of crimes and atrocities so vast and heinous as to stagger the imagination… There are those in our country today, too, who speak of the protection of the country. Of survival. The answer to that is: survival as what? A country isn’t a rock. And it isn’t an extension of one’s self. It’s what it stands for, when standing for something is the most difficult. Before the people of the world — let it now be noted … that this is what we stand for: Justice, Truth … and the value of a single human being.”

It’s time for good men and women to stand up and take our country back — from the xenophobes, from the bigots, from the haters.

Livia Genise

Ashland

A vote for Trump

In my time I have seen presidents from Roosevelt — Franklin, not Teddy — to President Obama, Republicans, Democrats, some good, some not so hot.

With this election coming up in 2016, there has risen from probably "no chance as a snowball in hell" to be the Republican nominee for the president of the United States of America, but he did, his name is Donald J. Trump, a very successful businessman. His brash way has hit a chord in the liking of the average patriotic, hard-working man and woman, someone that speaks for us. "America first, and make her great again" — this has hit home to many. The elitists and establishment can't get it through their thick skulls, we like the man and what he stands for. Come on, Republicans, independents, Democrats? Lets all get behind D.J. Trump and vote for him for president of the U. S. of A. He's got my vote.

Donna Lehnhardt

Medford

Letters to the Editor, May 23