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Letters to the Editor, Aug. 20

The Trump debacle

Up until a few days ago if anyone used the expression "exercise your second amendment rights," there was no argument about what it meant. It meant, that in this country we have a right to bear and use arms.

That is exactly what Trump meant suggesting that Hillary be assassinated. Now we have Mayor Rudy Giuliani and other frightened Republicans trying to explain away the obvious. Do not buy it!

Jack Eagleson

Medford

Think about it

From the U.S. Constitution: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Most people ignore the first words of the amendment, but they are the basis for gun control and more; for gun owners are in the militia. To know who is in our militia, we need gun registration, and this also helps keep criminals and the mentally unfit out of the militia.

Many states require firearms training — our militia should know how to use their weapons effectively. Local and federal government could place further responsibilities on gun owners as members of the militia. Think about.

Robert D. Mumby

Phoenix

Chase set the stage

No doubt that Robert Franklin Brooks is a bad person and deserves many years of jail time. The high-speed chase deserves most of the blame for what resulted in the death of Catherine "Katie" Annette Hein. It set the stage for this tragedy.

Jack E. Shaffer

Medford

Expressing rights

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival certainly has the right to purchase books from any source it wishes. The festival is also within its rights to use the considerable communication pathways at its disposal to try and influence its staff, patrons and community supporters not to patronize Shakespeare Books & Antiques, 163 E. Main St., Ashland.

Judi Honoré, proprietor of the bookstore in question, has every right to continue the display of banned books in her window, knowing full well some will object to this or that title, and even seek to ostracize her.

And I have the right to become the newest customer of Shakespeare Books, which I’ve just done, and to thank Judi for her courage in standing up for the First Amendment.

David Sours

Talent

Rider irresponsible

To the irresponsible bicyclist who smashed headfirst into our bike club ride leader three weeks ago in Bear Creek Park: This is written on the slim chance that you might see this.

Your reckless charge down the hill on the marked blind corner knocked out and put Ken Kelley in the hospital for almost three weeks. He is just getting out of rehab, and won't be riding for a while. You knew you were in the wrong as you hightailed it away from our group as fast as you could. Please consider what you are becoming, avoiding remorse or accountability, and get your life together. Ken holds no animosity, but we, behind him, were upset that you didn't stay and try to help until the ambulance got there.

As disappointed as I was in a fellow biker and human, in the Wednesday, Aug. 10 reader photos, I laughed out loud over man's kindness with the picture of the water tanker stopping to water the sunflower at the side of the road. Priceless!

Cookie Webb

Phoenix

Letters to the Editor, Aug. 20