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Letters to the Editor, Aug. 13

Waiting for common sense

It is stated over and over, without facts, that the vast majority of Americans don't support repealing and replacing Obamacare. This is flagrantly false. That may be the East and West Coast socialistic states (like Oregon), but it is not the heartland of hard-working Americans between those coastal states.

According to fixthisnation.com, Democrats in the Midwest are unregistering in droves and Gov. Jim Justice of West Virginia switched to the Republican Party totaling 34 states, because their only message is to resist Trump as they do not have a message.

Insurance companies are losing money and pulling out of the health care exchanges. Young families, middle-class, pre-65 elderly can't afford the high premiums, high deductibles, and skyrocketing doctor bills and prescriptions, for those who complain about losing their free health care. Small businesses cannot carry the load either as some say is their duty.

Those of us who did not care for Obama's policies did not resist, protest, riot or throw hissy-fits. We've accepted, prayed and are waiting for justice and common sense. The Republicans aren't perfect, but when will both parties come together for the good of all? A tricky feat to accomplish! Trusting God, not man!

Debbie Dauenhauer


Take action

Health is not a basic human right. Health is a personal responsibility.

If your environment is being polluted then you and your neighbors need to take action. If you don't take care of yourself and your surroundings, then who will?

Protecting the environment is social engineering, and what better way to do that than through representative democracy? We can agree on a healthier environment, happier population and save our planet from extinction.

Democracy only works when every voter is educated and every vote counts.

Money is not free speech, reproducible science is!

Tom Espinosa


Send Jake a card

Please consider sending a postcard to a young man in Arizona who has mitochondrial disease and would love to receive 100,000 postcards by his 15th birthday, Aug. 28.

Send them to Jacob Priestley, P.O. Box 855, Queen Creek, AZ 85142. Postcards cost 34 -cents, unless they are too large, then a regular 49-cent stamp will do. We wouldn't want Jacob to receive postage-due cards! Dutch Brothers is providing free postcards they've had made in a series called "The Adventures of Mighty Jake."

Also, please don't address your postcards vertically. This has become stylish and many people are turning their cards to write on them this way; however, it will make them non-machinable and cost an extra 21 cents.

Picture a set of playing cards being fed through a super-fast sorting machine; they would work better laying on their sides. That is why vertically addressed mail pieces are charged a surcharge. The Post Office must take the time to cancel and sort them by hand.

Karen E. Gordon

Central Point

Conductors are artists

John Rose, in his guest opinion on OSF and Shakespeare in Wednesday’s Mail Tribune, says some things I agree with but several that I think are terrible errors.

First, he says that music doesn’t tell a story. Next he says the symphony conductor does not carry the same creative responsibilities as a theater director. And, finally, that a conductor is not an artist.

Rose should have listened to the Britt Orchestra’s recent presentation of Stravinsky’s “Song of the Nightingale”; he would have heard the wonderful story of an Asian emperor’s fascination with the nightingale. As for creative conductors, he should have heard Teddy Abrams and the Britt Orchestra create a spectacular rendition of Sibelius’ “Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major” that left most of us in the audience with tears in our eyes.

Finally, Rose should watch Teddy Abrams at work. Not an artist? Wow! What a mistake.

Jerry Kenefick


Letters to the Editor, Aug. 13