Letters to the Editor

LGBT elders group will show documentary

Thank you for your Sept. 23 article "Aging and the LGBT Community." We want Ashland to be aware of a new ad hoc group, Rogue Valley LGBT Elders, which is partnering with the Social Justice in Action committee of Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland, to show "Gen Silent," a documentary film about LGBT elders in long term care. They often have to go back into the closet due to staff and resident discrimination. AARP, which is funding this showing of the film at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22, has 50,000 members in Jackson County. If national estimates hold here, there are at least 5,000 of those who are LGBT. There are no services or programs directed to this population in our valley.

SAGE (Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders, www.sageusa.org), a national organization, has an affiliate chapter in Portland. Rogue Valley LGBT Elders hopes to affiliate with SAGE in the near future. The purpose of the showing of "GenSilent" is to increase awareness of the issues of LGBT elders in the Rogue Valley, and also to generate interest in forming a local SAGE chapter. We encourage all those interested in these issues to attend the showing. Admission is free and includes a discussion after the film.

Sponsors of the event are AARP, Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, First Congregational UCC-Ashland, Temple Emek Shalom, The Havurah Synagogue, UCCMedford, Pride Foundation, Lotus Rising Project, SOPride, Queer Resource Center, Rogue Valley Council of Governments (RVCOG) and Ashland at Home.

Websites that relate to the film showing are www.rvuuf.org and www.gensilent.com.

Julian Spalding

Fanda Bender

Linden Crouch

Failed socialist solution to news of more shootings

Naturally I read the anti-gun "Rampage raises gun issues" courtesy of the Raleigh (N.C.) News Observer which appeared inside the Friday, Sept. 20, Ashland Daily Tidings.

Yes, the unfortunate pathetic depressing evil mass shooting by another depraved psycho serial killer elicits more empty, vain, and failed socialist legislative solutions; these have proven repeatedly to not work! Also, the so-called issue of "gun violence!" This last week I have had two related letters running in two Southern Oregon Newspapers. These both are archived and include: "How much longer?": Mail Tribune Wednesday, Sept. 18, and "Today's problems a long time coming": Klamath Falls Herald and News, Thursday, Sept. 19.

In conclusion, perhaps the moral high ground on the firearms/Second Amendment debate rightly belongs to Chuck Baldwin, a highly qualified, moral, and credible writer (something the establishment news media isn't)! His Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 column titled "Guns Don't Kill People; Gun Control Laws Kill People" via www.newswithviews.com reminds us again that socialist/collectivist/nanny state solutions which are not only political, but devious in nature, simply don't cut it. The solutions to our nation's dilemma is not political, but moral!

James A. Farmer


Begin with creative, diplomatic efforts

As Senator Merkley said, "America should bring the world together to condemn and penalize Syria for this action. Such an effort, however, is best pursued through international negotiation and diplomacy." The U.S.-Russian agreement to peacefully disarm Syria of its chemical weapons is one example of how diplomacy can help make the world a safer place.

But that should be the beginning — not the end — of creative, effective, international diplomatic efforts to address the Syrian crisis.

Vivianne Mosca-Clark


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