Letters to the editor, March 17

Removing TV listings from newspapers is a major inconvenience

I am more than a little annoyed at the decision to cease publication of the weekly TV guide in both the Mail Tribune and the Ashland Daily Tidings. One or the other, OK, but both? Having a daily guide just isn't the same. I do a lot of time shifting to tape and watch shows at later dates (and no, I do not have TiVo), and not having a weekly schedule will really make it difficult to plan ahead.

I find it very cavalier of you to assume everyone can go to the Web site for the TV listings. It may come as a shock, but there are still people out there who do not have a computer. What are they supposed to do? I happen to subscribe to Ashland TV and will strongly suggest to them that their customers would really appreciate it if they would provide a weekly guide. I, for one, would be willing to pay extra for the convenience of knowing today what's going to be on TV tomorrow.

Chris Amorelli


Christians oppose abortion on moral grounds, like slavery

Referring to pro-lifers, Lord Melbourne of the British Parliament complained, "Things have come to a pretty pass when one should permit one's religion to invade public life."

Wait! My mistake! Melbourne wasn't discussing pro-lifers (it was the early 1800s) but slavery abolitionists. He was disgusted because Christians were legislating religion by outlawing slavery.

Many atheists discredit, in their own minds, a position if they can label it "religious." Besides abortion, Christians oppose other forms of murder and larceny and slavery. Because these activities violate religious tenets, should they be legal? Even if religion opposes abortion, as it opposed slavery, this in no way discredits such opposition.

Going deeper, pro-aborts confuse moral philosophy with religion. Morality is about differentiating right from wrong, while religion is belief in a divine Creator. Religion often undergirds morality, but morality is not religion.

Christians lead the way in outlawing slavery. Did this make slavery opposition religious, as Melbourne contended? No, slavery abolition was a moral position declaring human rights. Lord Melbourne confused religion and morality just as pro-aborts do today.

Like slavery, abortion is not about religion but morality and human rights. Human rights are inherent, not based on size, appearance, dependency, location, capabilities or whether one is wanted. Human rights apply to everyone, including innocent babies in the womb.

Pro-aborts talk religion in order to change the subject. They distract with imagined religious infractions rather than discuss what abortion actually is: a horrible violation of human rights through the gruesome murder of pre-born babies.

Joe Hunkler


Some places need U.S. intervention, like Myanmar

I was disappointed to hear President Obama announce that we're going to compromise with elements of the Taliban as part of our operation in that region. There are a number of reasons why we shouldn't do this. For example, they're Islamic fanatics who outlawed kite-flying, chess and soccer, and used the fields for the latter for public executions. More importantly, they protected Osama and company before, during and after the 9-11 attacks, not to mention the atrocities they've committed since, as in Mumbai, India.

For those who might paint me a warmonger, know that I was an Southern Oregon University student leader in protests against the second Iraq War and attacked the same in my book, "An Ode to Id," back when even most "liberal" politicians backed it. While I feel that the reasons against that war were overwhelming, I think that there are places in the world that need intervention.

A strong example is the southeast Asian nation of Myanmar, next to Thailand. There, a third-rate military holds an unwilling people in impoverished slavery, machine-gunning down Buddhist monks and other protesters. Some coalition of nations ought to take it upon themselves to protect world civilization and humanity, whether or not they have "interests" at stake.

Sean Lawlor Nelson


Kick the meat habit for a fresh start this spring with Meatout

The past two months have brought us depressing news about the collapsing global economy, the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, and the devastating impacts of climate change.

March is the bearer of good news about the advent of spring, blooming flowers and the Great American Meatout (www.meatout.org). Now in its 25th year, Meatout has grown into the world's largest annual grassroots diet education campaign. It provides each of us with a superb excuse to kick the meat habit and get a fresh start with a wholesome, nonviolent diet of vegetables, fruits and grains. The date is March 20, first day of spring, symbolic of renewal and rebirth.

The Meatout diet is touted by major health advocacy organizations and leading health authorities. It's made so easy now by the rich selection of delicious meat and dairy alternatives in our local supermarkets. It's supported by free information from www.tryveg.org, and www.chooseveg.org.

Camil Kendall

Grants Pass

Pondering setting next decade's international drug policy

This week's gathering in Vienna to set International Drug Policy for the next decade must confront the cataclysmic failure of the past policies of prohibition.

How much resolve can we imagine this time from those gathered there to suggest an end to this madness?

And could we Ashlanders, in our enlightened remove from our puritanical roots, even remotely accept anything of such profound pragmatism?

How many of us have honestly begun to weigh the terrible stakes?

Jerry Nutter


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