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Letters to the Editor, Sept. 12

It's real life, Mr. Rauch

Bill Rauch, artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, sent a letter to the community last week. It apparently went to the 17,000 OSF members, as well as anyone else on OSF mailing lists.

The rather verbose, sanctimonious and perhaps disingenuous letter attempts to absolve OSF of any blame regarding the banned book debacle between OSF and Shakespeare Books owner Judi Honere.

Be that as it may, the statement made by Mr. Rauch suggesting that the local media was biased and racist in their reporting of this issue is most disturbing, and frightening.

Mr. Rauch claims "In fact, no direct quote has ever been published about the thoughts and feelings of the OSF company members who were originally pained by the display," implying that those offended had written letters to the media, or made public statements to local media that were somehow censored, or suppressed.

This is an outrageous charge to level against our local media, without producing a shred of evidence that any such public statements were ever made.

Mr. Rauch, this is real life, not theater. Making claims of this sort does nothing to promote understanding and harmony in our community: rather they foment fear and mistrust. Obviously we have enough of that already.

Michael Slater

Jacksonville

Walden shows poor judgment

One hundred and ten prominent Republicans have withdrawn their support for Donald Trump as president. Among them is Henry M. Paulson, Jr., Treasury secretary under President George W. Bush, who made the following insightful comment regarding Mr. Trump on June 24, 2016 as quoted in the New York Times:

“The G.O.P., in putting Trump at the top of the ticket, is endorsing a brand of populism rooted in ignorance, prejudice, fear and isolationism.”

Unfortunately, Congressman Greg Walden’s name is not on this list, having already stated his unabashed support of Mr. Trump this past May. Mr. Trump’s “accomplishments” include bilking students, not paying contractors, and paying off state attorneys general to avoid investigating Trump University.

I would think Mr. Walden could show better judgment than to endorse a candidate such as Mr. Trump, who is so uniquely unqualified to be president of the United States.

Martin Towbin, M.D.

Ashland

Kratom ban coming

As you may or may not know, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency plans on adding Kratom, a popular 'herbal substance' to the Schedule I list of drugs, which puts it in the same league as heroin, LSD, marijuana, etc.

Unfortunately, the DEA seems to completely ignore the fact that Kratom has helped a good many people combat their addiction to opiates, find pain relief and ditch pharmaceutical drugs, improve their energy and the list goes — depending on the strain.

Kratom generally originates from Southeast Asia as it isn't conducive to being grown here in the United States, so come Sept. 30, it'll be nearly impossible to obtain. Furthermore, possession of it after Sept. 30 will be treated just as if you were in possession of heroin or LSD. So, empty your cabinets if you have any lying around!

Steven Ryan

Medford

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 12