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Letters to the Editor, Aug. 13

Voting our future

Voters concerned about our children's and our grandchildren's future now have abundant tweets, party platforms and plans available to compare candidates Trump and Clinton on climate change.

Donald Trump has called global warming everything from a "hoax" to "bulls---." He told Fox & Friends that "climate change is just a very, very expensive form of tax ..." He vowed to cancel the Paris Climate Agreement signed by over 170 nations. His party's platform includes an agenda to deregulate pollution, stop actions to prevent climate change, and expand fossil fuel use.

Hillary Clinton has said, "I won't let anyone take us backward, deny our economy the benefits of harnessing a clean energy future, or force our children to endure the catastrophe that would result from unchecked climate change." She supports the Paris Agreement. Her clean power plan and her party's platform offer clear contrasts.

The future is in our hands — and votes — now.

Patricia Gordon


Take up pitchforks

Wow! OSF (the very organization that crams controversy down the throats of its patrons season after season) and its minions are horrified to the point of tears because Judi Honoré displays books like "Mein Kampf" and "Huckleberry Finn" in her bookstore's window.

I have news for them: Children don't become racist and intolerant walking past a bookstore. They learn intolerance from people who demand that the world oblige their every demand and provide them "safe spaces" where they can hide from anyone with a point of view different from their own. If they truly believe that Honoré is harming Ashland's population then they should take up their pitchforks, torches and cauldrons of tar, run her out of town and then burn her store to the ground. That will sure teach her to have the audacity to break from the mold that OSF thinks  everyone should fit into.

I would say that this is a prime example of the pot calling the kettle black, but I'm sure that someone would be offended.

Elaine Wheeler

Central Point

Bates irreplaceable 

It would not be easy to find someone that served the public better than Dr. Alan Bates. He served our country in Vietnam, served a decade on the Eagle Point School Board, and he has served in the Oregon Legislature since 2001.

When the Legislature was in session, I always admired his dedication to spend the week in Salem, and then come home to see patients on the weekend. I will always appreciate him for taking the time to meet with me after his long work day, and encouraging me to run for Medford City Council.

The seat he held representing southern Oregon will be filled, and the patients that he saw will find another doctor, but Alan Bates will never be replaced.

Kevin Stine


Banned books

It appears OSF has decided to punish a businesswoman for not caving in to the demand that she censor her long-running display of banned books, which by definition were censored by various groups who were offended by their content, politics or morals.

Is this part of the fascism of the left, demanding that we toe the party line and not offend anyone at any time for any reason? Is OSF searching for micro-aggressions to be victimized by?

Perhaps the director might consider the hurt feelings of some community members or the offense people could take when presented with some of the more controversial plays produced by OSF over the years; perhaps "Roe," or "Merchant of Venice?"

The book at issue is "Little Black Sambo." This simple, straightforward story can either be viewed as an uplifting tale about a smart, brave, clever young boy, or searched for indications that it is a nefarious, racist caricature demeaning black people.

Personally, I prefer the perception that depicts a smart kid.

Thanks to Judi Honoré, owner of Shakespeare Books and Antiques, for the courage to present us with subjects that are part of history, regardless of our discomfort with some of the subject matter.

Michael Slater


It's history

The opinion of OSF objecting to the banned books is political correctness run amok. How about some of the content of Shakespeare's plays? Sexism, and slavery, among other offensive subjects — its a little bit of the pot calling the kettle black! It's history, peeps, deal with it and learn from it!

Barbara Gilbert


Letters to the Editor, Aug. 13