Letters to the Editor, April 11

The Culture of Peace essay in the April 9 Tidings confuses dignity with respect.
Dignity is a quality that a person creates and displays about him or herself. It expresses a level of self-awareness, responsibility and concern for others. It is not granted, but rather radiates outward.
Respect is how we acknowledge the value, or dignity, of others by the manner of our interactions. Each person deserves a minimum of respect just by virtue of being human. Greater respect may be earned by virtuous acts. This reflects recognized dignity.
John Ames
Go with Golden
I moved to the Rogue Valley in 1978, 6 months before my daughter was born. Soon after, I met Jeff Golden at SOPTV, where he worked. We have crossed paths many times in the ensuing 40 years.
In his roles as a radio and internet host, Jeff has demonstrated a detailed command of the issues. As our state senator, he would continue to use an innovative and caring approach to the challenges facing Oregon.
Please attend one of the candidate forums for Oregon Senate District 3. Or go to the Jackson County Democrats Facebook page (March 20) to see candidates present their positions on issues including health care, housing and taxes. The candidates all seem passionate and pledge to work hard for you. Jeff Golden is the one with the best longstanding record and the best experience to make good on those pledges. See for yourself.
Patt Colwell

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