What ‘far right’ means to me; Time to assert your human rights; Masks are the right answer — Letters to the Editor, July 22, 2020

What ‘far right’ means to me

A recent Guest Viewpoint on the Opinion page complained that the  “far right” influence in Florence politics doesn’t represent everyone.  

I believe that Democracy  allows for expression of different opinions. However, since I am apparently “far right,” may I state what that means to me: 

I believe in the Constitution as written; I believe that a Nation cannot exist without borders; I believe that not standing for the National Anthem dishonors those who served and died for that right; I believe that movements led by avowed Marxists are acts of treason; I believe that peaceful demonstrations for any cause does not include looting, burning and violent behavior; I believe that “privilege” is earned by education and hard work; I believe that the vast majority of police are dedicated to protect and serve;  I believe that abortion is sometimes a necessary medical procedure, and its use for birth control is barbaric; and I judge people by their character, not the color of their skin. 

I am a law abiding white male, a fact that does not require an apology. I owe homage to no one except God. 

—Keith Kraft


Time to assert your human rights

The government is talking about taking away Medicare and Obamacare. A lot of people will be losing their insurance due to not being employed. This should not be and will cause many families to suffer. 

The time is now to join Healthcare for all Oregon. An all volunteer organization working hard to legislate healthcare for every Oregonian. 

What about the many disabled and terminally ill people that are suffering a terrible quality of life? What about you or  your loved ones should they suffer next? 

At this very moment all across the United States and the rest  of the world, doctors are making the decisions of who gets the ventilators — and possibly keep on living — and those that don’t. Either way you’re going to suffer. 

In other words, the weak and elderly will be sacrificed. Not quickly but very slowly and painfully. This doesn’t do anybody any good, including the doctors. 

Shouldn’t the decision to live under those be ours alone? Make sure your advance directive is current with your end-of-life decisions. Treat this as the most important contract of your life — because it may be someday.

Oregon has a very restrictive death-with-dignity law. You have to possibly suffer for years until two doctors tell you that you only have six months to live. Then you have to have a sound mind and physically be able to write and verbally request access to the law. Then, if you still qualify, you have to physically be able to put the medicine in your own mouth and swallow.

Quite a few people in Oregon are living under unbearable conditions because of these restrictive laws.

Now is the time to speak up and support more compassionate end-of-life laws in Oregon and to give us all Healthcare.

It’s all a human right.

—Bruce Yelle


Masks are the right answer

There are a few things that need to be addressed in Mr. Straley’s recent Letter to the Editor (“Masks Are Not The Answer,” July 15). 

Given his science background, he should be aware that the common cold is not caused by bacteria; it is caused by one of several viruses (https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/common-cold/symptoms-causes/syc-20351605). 

The cold is in the same virus family as COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Yes, some studies have shown masks have 50 percent (or greater) chance of keeping the wearer from getting sick. In other words, you can cut your chances of getting COVID-19 in half for about a dollar. 

That’s a deal.

However, the real benefit of wearing a mask is that they are extremely efficient in keeping other people from getting infected. 

Remember, surgeons don’t wear masks to keep from getting infections; they wear masks to keep their patients from getting infections. 

This is backed by over a century of experience.

If you care about your friends and neighbors here in Florence, please wear a mask. 

—Rob Welles



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