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Letters to the Editor, Aug. 11

Love trumps hate

It was a pleasure to listen to a fascinating array of speeches at the Democratic National Convention. Perhaps it was startling to hear something positive finally erupt from this depressing presidential campaign, especially after the relentless disparaging of our country spewed across the airwaves from the previous week’s Republican convention.

Chief among these inspiring messages, of course, was Michelle Obama’s view of her life bringing up her two daughters in the White House. Who could fail to be touched with her realization that she was bringing up her black children in a house built by slaves? Her realization that she was raising her daughters in an atmosphere of outrageous verbal assaults directed at their father, simply because he represented a different political party, was inspiring.

One would think it would be hard enough to help her daughters come to grips with their race’s unfortunate legacy of slavery. Mrs. Obama’s resolve to deal with the absurdities and vindictiveness of political life, while conducting the hardest job any of us will undertake (parenting) is certainly a testament to her strength. She has my undying admiration. Love does, indeed, trump hate.

Rick Mould

Medford

Facts contradict letter

What multiverse is P. Moran checking in from? Contrary to “Check facts,”  a transcript based on a C-SPAN video of the six-minute exchange between Senator Johnson and Secretary of State Clinton during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Jan. 23, 2013, provides context.

”Clinton: With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator.”

That is the fact, not Moran's assertion that during the hearing “... HRC wondered why it mattered any more as they were dead and the incident was over as far as she was concerned.”

John Gaffey

Ashland

Read the whole quote

P. Moran (Aug. 5) needs to do another fact check on Hillary Clinton's "What difference does it make" comment.

This statement was not in reference to the four Americans that were killed in the attack. It was in reference to whether the attack was a protest or was it guys out for a walk who decided to kill Americans. It was in an answer to U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson. It would be great if the writer looked it up and read the whole thing.

L. Hackmann

Medford

Not a bright idea

So Kate Brown is all for a huge tax increase for businesses in Oregon. That's going to do two things.

First, it's going to discourage new businesses from coming to Oregon and creating new jobs that we surely need. Secondly, it's going to be inflationary because businesses are going to raise prices for their goods and services to compensate for their higher taxes.

Measure 97 doesn't sound like a bright idea to me.

Richard Cody

Applegate

It's a mystery

Thursday morning I went to the House of Mystery off Sardine Creek Road near Gold Hill for the first time in about 20 years. Please, if you've never been there, then go. It's absolutely a "mystery" as to why things happen there the way they do.

Curt Kline

Medford

Letters to the Editor, Aug. 11