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Letters to the Editor, May 30

Pray for the president

President Trump has taken his first trip abroad where leaders showed him honor, respect and dignity.

Most likely, what he is finding here at home is a den of vipers encased in a swamp that is dedicated to ruining the lives and reputations of people in the new administration as well as the president himself. As if that were not bad enough, he also has to deal with Social Security issues, inflation problems, our huge national debt, drug usage rising daily, terrorism issues, illegal immigrants, the wall, and his own people leaking information.

Anti-Trump people are inviting chaos and rebellion and will do all in their power to destroy this presidency. Many other issues face him, too numerous to mention here. It is time for our nation to pray for our president, his cabinet and our country. Failure to do so will bring about our destruction. Please pray.

Gordon DeVos


Laughing out loud

Republican president Donald Trump went bankrupt five times, meaning his investors didn’t get paid. He's known for stiffing honest, hard-working American contractors who completed jobs for him.

Under Reagan and George W. Bush, Republicans added $15 trillion to our national debt. The Congressional Budget Office projects the Republican AHCA plan will add $2 trillion more to deficit, thus increasing our debt.

On May 24, Trump lectured our NATO allies on the need to pay their bills.

Pardon me while I laugh out loud when Republicans say they're good with money.

Wes Brown


Thanks for Bracero article

Thank you for the wonderful article "Braceros answered U.S. call" by Vickie Aldous (May 25).

I am a historian, and see this as a very fine example of the uses of history and how history can illuminate our present. It is also a very fine example of the importance of a local newspaper, and yet another reason why we need to subscribe.

Though I'm semi-retired and on a limited income, I see it as critical as other utilities. I'm so glad I get my daily paper!

Dorian Hastings


Gathering marks anniversary

On Saturday, June 3, the Southern Oregon chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) will help commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War in which Israel annexed Palestine, Jerusalem, Gaza, Egypt east of the Suez Canal and that portion of Syria now known as the Golan Heights.

In the course of that tragic conflict, Israeli military aircraft and warships repeatedly attacked and attempted to sink a U.S. Navy intelligence vessel, the USS Liberty, in international waters, killing 34 U.S. sailors and seriously wounding 171.

The commemoration will run from forenoon until 7 p.m. at the downtown Ashland Plaza, and feature the display of large-format photographs from Maurice Jacobson's film, “We All Live in Gaza,” which illustrates the sad circumstances of impoverished Palestinians suffering in the world's largest open-air prison under a brutal Israeli regime. Members and supporters of JVP will be there to explain what happened, and to provide information about the Israeli annexation and the current efforts to bring justice to the people of Palestine.

Ivend Holen


Letters to the Editor, May 30