Corporate interests placed above people

Corporate interests placed above people

The Supreme Court's decision on corporate personhood is perhaps the most vile of any. It marks the day when the rights of the people were taken away and given to the few the rich and the national and multi-national corporate conglomerates. It is noted: for shame send them to Molokai.

Philip Thomas

Ashland

Money will drive all political decisions

The United Corporate States of America, managed by a CEO, has an unsavory ring to it. Individual voters would no longer matter. Our elected officials would all be beholden to big business, banks and insurance conglomerates, competing for their support and advertising. Individual shareholders could support one candidate, while their corporate masters throw all their weight behind another.

Unfortunately, many voters rely on duplicitous political advertisements when making their decisions at the polls. Corporations do not have the interests of the American people in mind when they support a candidate. The almighty bottomline would guide their decisions about which candidate to fund with their countless billions of profits.

Michelle Grace

Ashland

Impeach justices for committing treason

The Supreme Court acted in haste, ignoring precedent, employing judicial activism of an egregious nature, in ruling that corporations may contribute without limit to political campaigns. Ordinary citizens (certainly persons) do not have the financial resources to compete with large corporations (certainly not persons), so corporations — and unions — now have louder voices and weightier influence in elections. Democracy, rule by the people, is subverted.

There are activist remedies, including calling for impeachment of the activist justices, who by leaving America's elections vulnerable to influence by foreign interests with an American corporate presence, have committed treason.

Jack Seybold

Ashland

Private insurance is further out of reach

Now that the Democrats have lost the super majority in the Senate and the ability to pass meaningful health care reform legislation, one must ask: How long will it be before only Bill Gates and Warren Buffett will be the only two Americans who can afford private health insurance?

Frank Hieber

Medford

Filibusters needless in U.S. government

The whole filibuster situation is a childish and thoroughly unacceptable device that should be done away with. Legislation should be voted for on its merits, not in this absurd, theatrical way. It is shameful that the United States has instituted this farce out of sheer political maneuvering.

Gaelyn Larrick

Ashland

Could Palin be the next Adolph Hitler?

You will lose it all ... and the backlash, I am afraid, will lead to Sarah Palin-types being elected all over the place. Will she be our Adolph Hitler? Isn't this how he got into power? History, my friends, needs to be heeded!

Glennie Feinsmith

Ashland

Oil painting class is a delightful experience

Several months ago I read with deep interest a local newsprint advert for a free introductory oil painting class in Ashland. Most surprising, the gentleman offering the class was Robert Kahn, known to me as my son's former art teacher at Ashland Middle School and a wonderful human being who also sponsored a noisy and creative arts club attended by many kids with learning disabilities. What should not have surprised me is that Mr. Kahn had lost his position due to ubiquitous "downsizing due to the economic collapse." Art always seems to lead the way, especially in the matter of such cuts.

Emboldened by his generous offer, I called Mr. Kahn and scheduled my free introductory oil painting class. As luck had it, I was the only student who had called for that session. But instead of cancelling the offer or rescheduling, Mr. Kahn devoted the hour to myself alone. He provides the materials, the instruction and, in fact, gives you the first oil painting at no cost whatsoever. Regular classes for happy students are available for $12.50 per hour-long class session on scheduled weekday afternoons. A $10 fee per completed canvas is also charged with no additional costs for materials. Classes are offered at Mr. Kahn's conveniently located home studio, formerly known as his garage.

I was more than thrilled with my hour with Robert Kahn and would recommend his classes to anyone. Mr. Kahn is a dedicated, devoted and skilled professional and yet another "local treasure."

Rebecca Cintron Osvold

Ashland