Letters to the Editor, Sept. 8

Anti-Merkley ad annoying

The ad (funded by whose money?) concerning Jeff Merkley currently shown on TV leaves me confused and annoyed.

Presumably they are advocating for someone other than Jeff Merkley to represent us in the U.S. Senate, but no one has been identified, nor have any issue solutions been proposed or discussed. My impression is that they are just trying to smear Mr. Merkley, which is a political tactic I find childish and repugnant.

The only rational response to the ad is to urge my fellow Oregonians to vote for Senator Merkley to ensure he will be in his office in Washington, D.C., in time for him to take my phone call asking him — as the ad requests — to "get [back] to work for Oregon."

Mary Louise Lyman, Ashland

Aging column is great

Just wanted to offer some feedback about the new column by Ellen Waldman, "Aging Happens" (past columns are available at www.dailytidings.com).

As the owner of a senior care home owner, it is my business to educate people about their options. What a hazy gray area it is! Ellen’s columns thus far have been very informative, easy to read and understand, and chock-full of useful information. I plan to clip them and give them to my prospective clients as they answer all of the questions I am confronted with on a daily basis.

Navigating elder care, doctors and medication choices, living options, caregivers and how to hire/train/pay them, etc., is mind-boggling — even for those of us in the business. This column is a treasure and so very needed.

Kathleen Petersen, owner/licensee, Oxford Gardens Senior Care Home, LLC

Dionne ignores differences

E.J. Dionne (Sept. 4) overlooks two vital differences between President Obama’s and President Roosevelt’s statements.

First, when Roosevelt spoke, Americans were not under actual attack as we are now. Second, Obama consistently ignored briefings concerning the rise of ISIS for over a year and failed to order contingency plans.

In contrast, under Roosevelt, the “color plans" (each color symbolizing a potential enemy) evolved from 1933 into the “rainbow plans” for defending against possible combined enemies, Rainbow Five providing the basis for the Europe First strategy of World War II. Similarly, President Bush had contingency plans for many situations.

Given the complications of conducting war globally, any president who does not have a range of plans in place is completely irresponsible — or worse. Furthermore, it is evidence at least of naiveté to infer evil intent from the existence of such plans.

David Churchman, Ashland



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