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Letters, Oct. 12

Vote our values

I think we all realize how important this next election is, in Oregon and in the country at large. We need action on climate change. We need support for universal health care and education. We need to come together as a state and as a country to solve the enormous problems facing us in the 21st century.

We need to vote. More: We need to vote our values, in a practical way. Ask which candidates will address those issues without putting their heads in the ideological sand, or voting consistently at the behest of their corporate funders. Which candidates come and talk to us, the voters?

I’m voting Democrat myself. Remember, in the 2016 election, only 43 percent of the population turned out. If you don’t want to be ruled by a minority, paid for by an elite, please vote. And by the way, go Jamie McLeod-Skinner, go!

Tod Davies

Ashland

Voting for Golden

Jessica Gomez won’t commit to Southern Oregonians.

When the candidates were asked about supporting Jordan Cove, she held up both the yes and no sign. She says she is pro-choice but supports measure 106 that limits access to abortion in health plans. She has expressed opposition to the Clean Energy Jobs bill.

Meanwhile, Jeff Golden, refusing to take any corporate or PAC money, wants to address climate and forest concerns and supports a woman’s right to choose. He is consistent on these issues and has been for decades.

Gomez’ handlers have her deflecting questions and keeping quiet, hoping to fool voters into thinking that a generic Latina woman might be the answer.

This woman will be voting for Jeff Golden, a consistent and steady voice for Southern Oregon. Vote for Jeff Golden!

Rebecca Gyarmathy

Talent

My slate

I have been an “unaffiliated” voter for years, except when I change my registration to vote in the primaries. I am proud to say that I vote for the person, not the party.

When my ballot arrives, I’ll be voting for Amy Thuren and Lanita Witt for Jackson County commissioners.

Amy will bring youthful energy and a wealth of experience in running top-tier nonprofit organizations, including the Valley School; Lanita will bring unparalleled experience in health care, forestry/farm management, and service to rural communities.

For State Senate, I’ll be voting for Jessica Gomez, who has served on a number of state commissions and the governing board of Oregon Tech while running the company she founded, Rogue Valley MicroDevices. She also has first-hand experience in the State Senate, working for Alan DeBoer.

I’ll also vote for Joe Davis and Charles Kochlacs, both of whom will be compassionate, fair Circuit Court Judges.

Lyn Hennion

Buncom and Medford

Golden acts for us

Jeff Golden does his homework, knows the issues, has worked with governmental agencies and will work for us. He has been an active member of our community for decades (Jefferson Exchange, Abundance Swap) and knows how to effect meaningful change.

He is not taking any money from special interest groups — even those groups whose positions he agrees with — even though this puts his campaign at a financial disadvantage, because that would make him beholden to those groups. He will support funding for health care and the arts! He will never just tell people what they want to hear. I would like to see more women in positions of power, but not those with ties to special interests.

I feel only Jeff has the right combination of progressive vision, experience, dedication to hard work and thoughtful solutions that we need to follow in Alan Bates’ footsteps. Please help elect Jeff Golden!

Barb Barasa

Ashland

Thanks for Wilkinson

I very much appreciated Will Wilkinson’s “Finding peace in the age Of Trump” in Saturday’s paper.

In this crazy time of poisonous polarization, projection and dangerous certainty, too many of us are eager to demonize those with whom we disagree, to delegitimize the cares and concerns of others, and to double down on emotional reactions and self-righteous indignation. It happens nationally and locally, and in my view it’s counterproductive and damaging to us all.

A house divided against itself cannot stand. I’d love to see cooler heads, rational and reasonable debate prevail on contentious issues of our time. If might doesn’t make right, if the end doesn’t justify the means, if being right is the loser’s prize, where are we headed as a society when we toss the wisdom of our lifetimes out the window in exchange for these? Thanks for printing such an insightful piece.

Rick Kirschner

Ashland

Kramer for Ashland

Please join me in electing George Kramer to Ashland City Council Position 6.

George has vast knowledge of Ashland’s history and a workable vision for Ashland’s future. He is a team player with the leadership skills needed to help the Ashland City Council provide our town with the affordable services and amenities it needs to continue to be a beautiful and viable place to live and work.

Kathleen O’Shea

Ashland

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