Letters to the Editor

Make everyone's freedom real

What does "Free Zero" mean? Nothing less than "realize America" because Zero is really every American. Zero is the inherent dignity of a nation of equals, where no man, in the eyes of the most high, is more or less than another. Where every man has inalienable rights.

The right to sleep is surely one of these rights.

This is what we, the homeless, the poorest, the most disenfranchised, are asking. There are laws to deal with the full range of offenses the homeless might, like anyone, be guilty of, and these laws should be enforced. Just sleeping is not one of these offenses and is not a crime.

We ask only for a place to sleep, legally, and not only in Ashland but for all Americans in every town and city in America. This is, indeed, not a local issue but an American issue.

Homelessness can be solved — starting with a place to rest through the night. Starting with no more dehumanizing citations for only needing to sleep.

Zero, by the way, is an Ashlander awaiting trial for a series of sleeping tickets. In our "extra judicial" courthouse, as in courthouses throughout this land, Zero will be offered the choice of paying huge fines, which obviously he can't, going to jail, or leaving town, being exiled.

This is no way to run a nation by and for and of the people. This can be changed and made right.

Please join us in this battle to make everyone's freedom real.

Randy Dolinger


Beware theocratic totalitarianism

The First Amendment guarantees everyone the right to practice the religion of their choice. Why then do "religious right" Christians keep insisting that America is a nation "under God?" According to the Bible, "God" makes it abundantly clear that anybody who doesn't worship him exclusively (in other words, practices "religious freedom,") will face a most painful and grisly demise. This is certainly not freedom of religion; this is a tyrannical death threat.

If "God" himself doesn't permit freedom of religion (and the first three of the so-called Ten Commandments certainly confirm this), how can these "believers" claim to support (or even understand) the First Amendment of the American Constitution? This is not merely a philosophical oxymoron; this is the very definition of hypocrisy.

What the "religious right" really means is, they want the nation — and all of its diverse inhabitants — forced to live under their god, according to their dogma. Freedom of religion? Not hardly! This is theocratic totalitarianism, and it's the most dangerous form of government. (Seen the news lately?)

I don't have a problem with people practicing their faith. I do have a problem with fundamentalist theocrats, of any religion, inflicting their beliefs and "moral convictions" upon the rest of society. The Constitution — and the original Pledge of Allegiance—was written without "God" for a good reason.

The great American author Sinclair Lewis put it eloquently, "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." Well, surprise — it's already here.

Carol Putnam

Central Point

Auchincloss stories are sensationalized

In every article you have written about Jamie Auchincloss you have described him as the half-brother of Jackie Onassis, even in the headlines. Why?

It should make no difference who he is, and certainly Jackie Onassis has absolutely nothing to do with it. The only reason I can think of is sensationalism on your part. Maybe people will read it because of the relationship. If he were the half, or even whole, brother of a non-entity, would you print that in your headlines? I do not know him from Adam, but I'm disgusted with the way you make the connection every single time.

Carol A. Case


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