Feb. 18: Letters to the editor

Sounds simple

I don't understand why the parents of the children with immunizations are worried. Their children won't get the disease because they've been immunized.

The parents whose children didn't receive immunizations made a choice. Sounds simple to me.

William Knight, Ashland

Let him walk away

Stop the investigation into former Gov. Kitzhaber's dealings immediately. There is no need to spend one more precious Oregonian dollar on this issue.

He has resigned. It's over. He will never face prosecution, no matter what might have been found. He will walk away, and we should let him. Why throw good money after bad? All the investigation will do will be to teach future scofflaws how to close their internal holes a little better. Is this an appropriate use of taxpayer money? Closing the barn door after the horse sold out to the other jockey?

Whatever ethical violations were committed, nothing changes. Nothing will change. Power brokers will always peddle themselves to the highest bidder and the rest of us look the other way. At least this time, we can demand that the bill not be run up any further. Stop the investigation, throw Kitz a fabulous farewell party on public dimes and let's move on.

Melanie Barniskis, Phoenix

Kindness and humor

I volunteer weekly in a first grade classroom at Helman School. To develop their writing skills, the children are encouraged to write short letters to each other and send them via the school's "post office."

I helped one 6-year-old with her spelling. Her letter warmed my heart: "Dear N. You are so kind to me. You make me laugh. From your friend, M." I hope most of us would deserve such a sweet missive. Kindness and humor — humanity's best assets.

Trish West, Ashland

Knee-jerk suggestion

Maynard Telpner's customary rant against Peace House in today's Daily Tidings goes so far off the rails so fast, that it's almost pointless to correct his assertions. From goodness knows what reading, he charges Herb Rothschild Jr. with painting "a very positive picture of Iran" in his Feb. 7 column and with continuing "his war against Israel and Netanyahu." Then, he signs off.

It goes without saying that the roots of terrorism were deepened by the accession to power of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. But in fact, the bulk of Rothschild's piece dealt with a surgically precise discussion of the political and scientific problems of uranium enrichment. The context of his discussion was, of course, the vagaries of current diplomatic negotiations with/sanctions against Iran.

That context has become blurred and compromised by Netanyahu's unprecedented breach of protocol, insult to the American presidency, and his impending address to the U.S. Congress. Anyone with an appetite for a war of words can find plenty of sparks in today's political commentators of all stripes in Israel who question Netanyahu's wisdom and motives ("cheap electoral trick"): Isaac Herzog, Tzipi Livni, Zehava Gal-On, Yair Lapid, et al.

Knee-jerk suggestions of anti-Semitism always needlessly complicate discussion with and about our most important and occasionally troubling ally in the Middle East. And that's tragic.

Bob Griffin, Ashland

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