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Letters to the Editor, May 20

Rude and disresepectful

I attended Rep. Greg Walden's Medford town hall and read letters from E. Lippman and H. Rothschild, who tell us that the "resounding disapproval" of a large group of attendees was neither rude nor disrespectful and the interruptions were neither awful nor insulting. Were we at the same meeting?

How about the disrespect for our flag during the pledge? I started to make a comment but was shouted down. I yelled for them to "shut up", to which Representative Walden asked that we respect each other — fat chance!

This extremely vocal group appeared to be members of the "indivisibles" (a group I am not fully familiar with), whose sole purpose, it seems, is advancing their agenda by disrupting meetings of their opposition. They had pre-prepared "agree" and "disagree" signs and were very well choreographed. They seemed to act and yell in unison and knew what to say and which sign to display.

They were rude and disrespectful to our flag, Representative Walden and the others at the event. As for "awful and insulting", Mr. Rothschild apparently didn't notice the man in the third tier of seats or standing at the back, whose comments were certainly less than complimentary.

Murray LaHue


A political earthquake

We in the west know all about the giant earthquake expected any day, and which will devastate a wide area. In the meantime, a political earthquake has just stricken, and just may devastate the entire nation.

Regardless of your opinion of the Trump administration, I think we can agree it's been "interesting" for many reasons.

The president, ostensibly through his recused attorney general, fired the director of the FBI, who as you know, is in the middle of an investigation regarding possible interference in the 2016 election by Russian hackers and other bad guys, on behalf of Trump.

To say this has stirred a hornet's nest would be a gross understatement.

This is an event of Nixonian proportions and bodes ill for the office of president and the country.

It looks as if the investigation was getting uncomfortably close to the truth of the 2016 election and the president acted to quash the investigation much as Nixon did with Archie Cox over Watergate. Those of us old enough to have been around those days know what happened next.

You youngsters can look it up.

William J. Mac Bean

Central Point

No tax dollars for abortions

Here is an opportunity for Oregonians to have a choice, when today we have no choice: Sign Initiative Petition No. 1 — the petition to place a proposed constitutional amendment on the November 2018 ballot that bans the use of our tax dollars to pay for elective abortions.

Under the Oregon Health Plan, in the last 14 years, Oregon taxpayers have paid out $23,800,000 for 52,438 abortions. Yes — we the taxpayers!

Join 98,000 other tax-paying Oregonians who, in 2014, signed this petition to give us the choice to not pay for abortions — go to www.stopthefunding.org and get a petition form, or better yet, volunteer to help gather signatures to give Oregon taxpayers a choice in this matter.

Talk to your family and friends, your church leadership — Oregonians don’t choose to have their tax money used to fund abortions.

Bryan Platt, Oregon Life United

Eagle Point

Where is Sam Ervin?

I can't believe the chutzpah of the Trump administration. How many more scandals, obfuscations, etc. do we need before Congress takes up at least a special counsel, if not impeachment proceedings, to get to the bottom of this mess?

Can anyone really believe the firing of James Comey was not motivated by anything but a huge cover-up? Where is Sam Ervin when we need him?

Ginny Terrell


Sound and fury

Although we won’t know the end result for several months, it looks like there is strong sentiment among many Senate members to “repeal and replace” the “American Health Care Act” recently passed in the House. Which would make the efforts of House Republicans, to quote Shakespeare, “... full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

Stan Loer

Grants Pass

Profit is temporary

“... to establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity”. — The Preamble of the U.S. Constitution.

In comparison, “To be great, a company must have the ability to deliver good returns and solid growth over time” — The mission statement from JP Morgan Chase.

Unless you are a complete ignoramus, you can see businesses make money, governments don’t.

We are social animals and even as individuals we have common needs. Those needs are best met when we work together. These are not profit-making opportunities but worthy of our investment because they support the common good and lay the groundwork for prosperity.

Profit is temporary, which is why our founders wisely chose the words “for our posterity” so we could leave a legacy of life, liberty and justice for all.

Tom Espinosa


Embarrassed for Rush

He screams into the microphone from his platform he calls "excellence in broadcasting," "I hate liberals." If you are women marching for a cause, he refers to you as "feminazis."

And the rest of us, if you are not a Republican he calls the rest of us members of the Democrat party. Rush Limbaugh, so juvenile, I am embarrassed for him.

Jack Eagleson


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