Tax plan hurts poor; Feeling blessed; Respect Constitution — Letters to the Editor 12-27-17

GOP tax plan hurts America’s poor

The response to the odious Republican tax bill that rewards America’s top 1 percent and hurts the poor is outrageous, say many who I know in Florence.

To help remedy the situation, here’s some passionate words from Mario Savio that evoke this same outrage in the hearts and minds of good Americans who want to help the 60 million citizens living rough, super poor and homeless across this land this holiday season:

“There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part. 

“And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels… upon the levers, upon the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop.

“And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.”

—Dave Masko



Feeling blessed to be in Florence  

My husband and I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Florence community while I received a stem cell transplant at OHSU and remained in the Portland area as required for the first 100 days after transplant.

The wonderful people of Florence provided prayer, hope and support to both of us during this four-month journey. I am pleased to be back at home in Florence and am doing well with the recovery.

The people here are the ones who made us fall in love with Florence and make it our home, and we are confident we made the right decision.

We feel so blessed.

 —Nancy and Pat Hopkins



Respect rights under the Constitution

In regard to Candace Thompson’s rebuttal to my Letter to the Editor (“Sexual harassment accusations need proof,” Dec. 16).

You obviously mistake me for someone else. I have not been dismayed at all. I find it refreshing that the men have been let go due to sexual harassment claims.

None of them had very many redeeming values, as you seem to think. The concern I have is the question of whether we are following the rule of law or our emotions?

As I see it, the #MeToo movement is a way for over emotional persons to vent with the consequences being borne solely by their accused. Let’s keep in mind that some of these accusations are many decades old. And even though it puts a smile on my face to see these sexual deviants get their come-up-ance, it is not right if they are not given the chance for their day in court before their lives are ruined — even though it pleases me to no end.

And as Travis Smiley will tell you, no, he has not been informed who his accuser is or what he is being accused of.

I, too, dislike him almost as much as Al Franken, who I thought would’ve been better at catching dogs than in the Senate.

You see, even though I despise these men, I respect their rights under our Constitution.

And lastly, yes, there are many women who have been and will continue to be abused by boorish men of all stripes; it is the women’s obligation to bring charges in a timely manner and put these scumbags in their place.

In this way all will have a just outcome.

 —David T. Eckhardt


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