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Letters, Oct. 19

Don’t punish immigrants

No one should ever have to choose between feeding their family and staying in this country. But that is exactly the situation many people will find themselves in if proposed changes to U.S. immigration policy are permitted to proceed.

According to the new changes, a person can be denied permanent residency if they have been a recipient of SNAP (formerly Food Sstamps), Medicaid, federal housing assistance or other anti-poverty programs. This is just plain wrong.

The administration must change course. And members of Congress and people across the country should stand up against this or any change that cuts families off from food and medical care.

Joseph Breazeale

Ashland

Voting for Golden

I am impressed by Jeff Golden’s ethics and courage as he works tirelessly for the people.

I’ve known him for over a decade and trust him as I’ve seen him grow from a good man into an extraordinary man. Political service is calling him to bring his intelligent experienced listening to the Oregon Senate. I see him doing what is best for people, environment and our children’s future as he refuses PAC funds freeing him from obligation to ethically questionable large bank-rolled interest groups (such as GMO lobbies). Join me in voting for Jeff Golden for Senate.

Zoe Alowan

Ashland

Supporting Golden

While it might be tempting to vote in these Kavanaugh/Trump-stained times for a woman of Hispanic heritage, my support for state senator goes to Jeff Golden.

No one deserves a citizen’s vote because of gender or ethnicity. It is Gomez’s loyalty to the Republican Party and the financial interest of her donors that makes her an unattractive candidate. Despite potentially good intentions, she has allowed herself to become a puppet of the right. For example, most of us don’t want a natural gas terminal scarring our pristine Oregon!

In contrast, Jeff Golden strongly opposes the Jordan Cove project. Running his campaign without any support from (and obligation to) political action committees, Golden is an authentic progressive with his eyes on our future.

Fighting for Oregon’s environment, improved health care and a more just and sustainable economy, Jeff Golden will represent our interests in Salem and make us proud.

Donna Hertz

Ashland

Retain Gardiner, Landt

Didn’t we just vote for these two commissioners? 70 percent of us voted no, voting to keep these commissioners in the face of a nasty recall election. Now, it’s time to say yes and re-elect them.

These two returning commissioners have given enormously of their time and energy to help serve our city. Why should you vote for them?

Mike Gardiner was part of saving Briscoe School playground as a neighborhood park. He continues to advocate for a second dog park. He has supported the expansion of Ashland’s Senior Program.

Rick Landt’s platform stands on three main legs — fiscal responsibility, public participation and environmental protection. His background helps him find ways to design high-quality parks while minimizing maintenance, the largest long-term expense for parks.

Keep experience and knowledge working for us. Re-elect them.

Marc Heller

Ashland

Vote for Cromwell

By any rational consideration, Laura Cromwell deserves to be retained as Circuit Court judge in Jackson County. We don’t need to hope that she will serve justice well, because her proven track record in the District Attorney’s Office, and more recently as Circuit Court judge, has already demonstrated the integrity and insight she will deliver in applying the rule of law, human compassion and equal justice for all!

In addition to her admirable career accomplishments, Judge Cromwell has contributed her time and talent as a bilingual legal volunteer to deserving causes here in Jackson County, throughout Oregon, and beyond.

Judge Cromwell’s experience is unsurpassed, her energy is amazing, and her compassion is meritorious. Please take a few minutes to review her credentials on Facebook at Circuit Court Judge Laura Cromwell. I know you will find her to be well deserving of your vote and your advocacy.

Larry Cromwell

Central Point

Curious timing

The planned door-to-door surveys with councilors, department heads and staff are curiously timed.

While I support the effort to measure the community interest it is completely inappropriate to conduct door-to-door surveys within a month of the election. This could be perceived as an attempt to influence voters.

If they truly want to survey, why are they offering to “answer a wide range of topics” and why right now? I think this effort should be postponed until after new elected officials.

Garrett Furuichi

Ashland

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