I appreciate Dr. Thomson's and Mr. George's essay (Jan. 29) explaining how Medicare Advantage Organizations contribute to the complexity and cost of medical bills, and for exposing their not-so-uncommon fraudulent practices. They went on to advise us to "consider the option to appeal" unfair medical practices and billings, and "to be patient" with the appeal process.
Easier said than done. Consider the elderly patients with declining cognitive faculties; the caregivers already stressed out by many urgent, daily demands; the families working overtime and still living paycheck to paycheck, while threatening collection companies knock at their door; even the college professors struggling with understanding their outrageous "surprise" medical bills. And we are expected to put up the fight against, and be patient with, the multibillion-dollar industrial-medical complex, packed with their MBAs and lawyers?
The essay's authors went on to gently remind "Samaritan to be a vital partner in designing a better system." We also need to address how much the U.S. hospital system actually contributes to the waste and cost of our health care. If patients' interest is their first priority, providers and hospitals need to be our advocates, and not bedfellows with the health care insurance industry.
It is the multiplicity of insurance companies fighting for their own "market share" of members that creates unnecessary administrative burdens and the lack of transparency in our current health care. A single-payer system, with good regulations and vigilant public scrutiny, might just save all of us the headache and potential personal financial disaster.
Responding to my letter arguing that opposing Zionism isn’t antisemitic (Mailbag, Jan. 23), Lisa Shepard used a common tactic of Zionists: ignoring facts and changing the subject (Mailbag, Feb. 5).
Rather than respond to any of my assertions, she dismissed my argument that many Jews oppose Zionism by labeling Jewish Voice for Peace “a fringe group,” ignoring my reference to Miko Peled, son of an Israeli war hero and grandson of a signer of Israel’s Declaration of Independence. I could list many other examples of Jews opposed to Israeli apartheid and occupation, but it’s pointless if she doesn’t consider facts a necessary basis for discussion.
Since she advised reading a number of sources of opinion mirroring her own views, I suggest she read some of the fact-based literature based on Israeli sources. These include works of Peled, Israeli historian Ilan Pappe’, Ha'aretz contributor Gideon Levy, investigative reporter Max Blumenthal and my favorite, Rich Forer.
Forer is the author of "Breakthrough: Transforming Fear into Compassion." A onetime AIPAC member, Forer studied the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict using Israeli sources. He discovered that it has been consistently misrepresented by Zionists and the media.
This led to the revelation that his self-identity as a Jew had blinded him to his more fundamental identity as a human being who can judge Israeli policies without assuming that God is on its side regardless of the actions of its leaders. He had acquired the ability to view “the other” as human like himself.
Not surprisingly, he has become an ardent anti-Zionist.
How many people in Albany are facing medical bankruptcy? How many live without health insurance? How many need to see a dentist or doctor but cannot afford to? In our state, the answer to all these questions is thousands.
It doesn't have to be this way. In most cases it's not the fault of the person in question. Nor is it the fault of providers. The doctors, dentists and other medical professionals I know work hard and deserve their pay. We need a better system.
In 1996 my wife and I and four of her siblings toured Russia. In Orenburg a family member fell and hit her face on the curb. She was taken to a nearby hospital. With only minimal paperwork, she soon was treated. My wife, an RN, was impressed with the service and facilities.
We asked when we left where we could pay. The answer: "There is no charge." At that time in Russia, tourists were treated in emergency rooms without fees.
Another time we were in Canada and my wife needed eye treatment. She was treated promptly with minimal payment.
Our family and friends in Canada like their government-funded health plan. They do not envy us.
The Oregon Legislature is studying the possibility of another health care system for our state. Other private groups, chiefly Health Care for All-Oregon, are too.
We advocate universal, publicly funded and privately delivered health care for all Oregonians. It pencils out, too. And no, it's not socialized medicine. Please go to HCAO.org to find out more.
A few years ago, on a street in the Eugene-Springfield area, I passed several pedestrian crossings which had user-activated flashing red lights. They were highly visible. The amber and greenish-yellow lights used on our crosswalks blend in with the landscape most of the year. These are not highly visible colors, as the fire department found years ago when fire trucks were painted the greenish-yellow color. They went back to red in short order.
In the background of a recent television news interview about the death of Rhiana Daniel, the amber lights stood amid a sea of yellow warning signs on Third Street. They did not stand out.
Yellow is a warning. If you want drivers to stop, use flashing red lights. That’s basic common sense.
Data reported by the National Bureau of Economic Research from 2013 indicates less than 46% of American households own stock, either directly or through some sort of fund.
At the same time, the top 10% of households own 84% of the stock market, as confirmed in a report in Money this month. Less than a third of all households own at least $10,000, and the top 10% own more than twice the bottom 90 percent combined.
“We have the greatest companies anywhere in the world,” Mr. Trump said during a speech at the White House. “They’re all coming back now. They’re coming back to the United States.”
The promise was the repatriation of jobs in manufacturing, not just money. Thus far there is no evidence that that has happened. In fact, several recent reports indicate tariffs are pushing those jobs to other overseas locations.
According to a recent Gallup poll of 6,600 workers, 44% were in mediocre jobs, 16% were in poor jobs and just 40% held good jobs. For the 60%, the jobs were part-time, paying minimum wage. Thus, an increase of 3.4% in income will not appreciably improve the lives of these workers.
Increasing one’s hourly rate from $12 an hour to $12.40 an hour for 20 hours a week is still below a living wage. The result is more people with multiple jobs. The Labor Department also released data recently showing that 514,000 fewer jobs were added between April 2018 and March 2019 than originally thought.
Robert B. Harris
Editor's note: This letter is being reprinted because the signature was inadvertently omitted from the original version.
Wake up, people! This House bill is nothing but another spotted owl lie to stop any of the rural areas from living the way they are accustomed.
Salem and its political animals managed to kill the logging industry as we knew it, and now it's time to kill trucking. These people will not stop intruding in the lives of the citizens outside of Portland until they have stepped on all of us and made us to rely upon them to live!
I was appalled this morning to see the state representative actually reference California as an example of a state we should strive to be like! These wanna-be Californians need to move there and leave the rest of the state of Oregon alone! These elected officials will not be happy until Oregon is nothing more then California north with the taxes, drugs, illegal immigration, homeless population and filth!
I currently avoid Portland as much as possible. I have even stopped going to the Waterfront Blues Festival because I don't want to deal with the problems Portland has turned a blind eye to. Do not let Salem get away with altering our lifestyle to feed their need to turn Oregon into California!
This is a response to Dick Powell's letter (Mailbag, Feb. 5). He was espousing how many states and counties Trump won. Which is completely irrelevant! Land mass doesn't count, voters do.
What matters is how many voters are in those states and counties. You can take Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Kansas and Oklahoma populations and they don't have as many voters as LA, San Diego, San Francisco and New York City. Keep in mind that they all have voters for both parties. There are likely many counties that don't have as many people as Corvallis or Albany. Why should sparse populations have more power?
When a state's Electoral College vote is declared for a candidate, it makes the all the other voters null and void! If we used the popular vote, every vote would actually count! The "voice of the people" is being overridden. How is that democracy?
When the majority of Americans vote for a candidate, that should be who wins, not to be overruled by the Electoral College. Any usefulness the Electoral College had has long since gone in the modern age. Personally, I want my vote to count in every election. As should we all.
The many sad letters about tragic traffic deaths on Third Street in Corvallis overlook (as far as I can tell) the most important lesson to be learned: They are solely responsible for their own lives.
It is deadly for vulnerable pedestrians and bicyclists to assume their legal right of way will stop a car whose driver may not even see them.
It is foolish — and fatal — to assume you are visible to the driver of a car coming towards you. Drivers have several blind spots, and many other cars turning or stopping in front of them. Some drivers may not even know Oregon law gives pedestrians and bicyclists right of way in crosswalks.
You cannot rely on your legal rights to keep you alive; that is your job.
Look both ways before crossing, and never assume the car will stop for you!
I take issue with your headline: "Romney Is GOP's Only Defector in Historic Senate Trial Vote" (Democrat-Herald, Feb. 6). Since when is voting your conscience, following facts, and upholding the Constitution a defect?
The Electoral College is getting a lot of attention these days, and with good reason. Conservatives seem to believe that overrepresentation is the only way to prevent the majority of voters from choosing the president. Their problem is, if the majority prevails, their candidate will lose.
With the popular vote losing in both the 2000 and 2016 elections, it’s no wonder that conservative Republicans are proponents of the status quo.
Looking at the history of the institution, some founders, including James Madison, preferred the popular vote. However, it wasn’t possible to get consensus because the South would have less influence. So it was a concession to slavery. Now that slavery is gone, should one of its remnants continue?
Alexander Hamilton, in Federalist No. 68, made it clear that the “election should be made by men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station.” He believed that, once elected, it was their duty to choose the person who “will be most likely to possess the information and discernment requisite to such complicated investigation.” Thus, Hamilton believed that the rank-and-file voter didn’t know enough about the candidates to cast an informed ballot. So, in the beginning, the electors were entitled to vote for the candidate of their choice.
But times have changed. We get news and information from myriad sources, enabling us to inform ourselves about our choices.
We no longer need a system designed to insulate slave states or to protect the country from uninformed voters.
Roses: For the editorial promoting "Low-tech" elections (Feb. 5). Oregon's may be pretty good, trading convenience for the possibility of influenced or sold votes. But I'm not sure its implementation specifically forbids any incidental internet connection to counting or transmission equipment. I, personally, would like to see that made a federal crime.
Raspberries: For printing not one, but two Associated Press, multicolumn, editorializing subversions of the SOTU address. Leaving your faithful readership, who for many reasons might not have watched TV, with nothing of substance on the subject.
Corruption! Growing up in the last half of the last century, Americans could point the finger at other countries when using this word. “Banana republics,” we might call them, or “communist states.” Well, that earned and privileged position has now officially gone down the drain when the Republican Senate, not being able to "handle the truth," voted against hearing witnesses in the impeachment trial.
The French chronicler of a young USA, Alexis de Tocqueville, wrote, “America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” Always, beneath our nation’s conduct, either correct or flawed, was our Constitution which subscribes to just and fair laws which no one is above. This, along with the ideals and laws of our Constitution, had made the USA a beacon of hope for the world. Unfortunately, our foul-mouthed president and his Senate yes men gave dictatorial regimes the world over another kind of hope in that the world’s most successful democracy might just be going down the tubes. Why else is such an enemy of democracy, Putin’s Russia, participating so much in American social media, trying to influence our elections?
By giving unabashed support for our wannabe dictator president, it’s clear then which party supports democracy. Fortunately, at least for now, voting is one thing that stands between coercion and freedom. This fall, go vote against our great nation’s current swing towards the ideals of fascism. We do need to make American great again.
In the case of Donald Trump, "acquitted" does not mean "not guilty."
Imagine if the legal process you and I would be subject to were run the way the acquittal verdict was reached. Access to witnesses and evidence would be determined by the jury, some of whom have declared their verdict ahead of the trial. Defense arguments would largely consist of name-calling and bullying. Reliance on facts would play little part.
If these were the rules we the public were subject to, criminals would have a field day as currently demonstrated in Washington.
Our national political system is broken, as this sham trial has abundantly demonstrated to our nation and the rest of the world. Reclaim America in November. Vote. Our country depends on it.
We are told repeatedly that people love their health insurance and don’t want to exchange it for Medicare for All. Really?
Do you love the insurance you get through your employer? Do you know that your employer can change or eliminate that insurance at any time without your consent? Did you read the letter in Tuesday’s paper from the woman whose employer changed insurance companies, and her premium rose from $550 to $900 a month (Mailbag, Feb. 4)?
Do you love high deductibles that mean the insurance won’t kick in unless you get a catastrophic illness? Paying premiums to support millionaire CEOs? Worrying whether the doctor at the ER or the anesthetist at your surgery is in network? Worrying whether someone in your family will be one of the almost half-million Americans who go bankrupt because of medical debt each year? Having to change your doctor because he is no longer in network?
My answer to these questions: We need Medicare for All.
Note for the Corvallis City Council: No process is perfect. If you stop everything every time you reach the finish line and go back to the beginning, you'll never address the real problems of our city.
We need a safe bridge, and we don't have the money to pay for it.
Editor's note: The author is a former Corvallis city councilor.
In Sunday's Gazette-Times, Mr. Greenberg ("The Guru of Solar," Feb. 2) fails to mention what to do with the solar panel waste, as solar panels need to be replaced every 20-30 years.
According to recent reports, solar panels produce about 300 times as much toxic waste as does nuclear energy per unit of energy produced. And the solar panel waste is toxic forever, not just for 20 generations.
Until we can be assured that this toxic waste from solar panels will be safely recycled or contained forever, it seems we should be very cautious about expanding our use of solar panels.
There was an interesting question posed on social media last week. If Trump gets re-elected, and the Democrats manage to flip the Senate, couldn't they, based on the precedents set by McConnell and the Senate Republicans, just re-impeach Trump and refuse to allow testimony and evidence? Something to think about.
We used to be a constitutional democracy. Since the Republicans have trashed the Constitution over the issue of fair elections, what do we call ourselves now? Are we a monarchy? A dictatorship? Some dictatorships have fake elections. Oh, wait. We already did that with the Russian interference in 2016. And the Senate said it was OK for 2020 with Ukraine interference. What's next, armed goons at the polling places to be sure you vote their way?
Democrats are not a lot better, with their insatiable lust to undermine the Second Amendment, and their willingness to trash due process to enforce those unconstitutional red flag laws.
Speaking of fair elections, shouldn't the primaries be democratic also? One certainly cannot say that about the Democratic convention leading up to the 2016 election. Wassermann Schultz, superdelegates and the Clinton Foundation provided us with the least electable candidate in the running, through a process which was anything but democratic.
My Jan. 10 letter explained that coercive universal health care programs that force unwilling individuals to provide financial support, e.g., are unacceptable in a free society. An irrational/evil claim of superiority is required to control another, so we are absolutely entitled to freedom from such control (we possess “negative liberty”).
Three local progressives authored letters purporting to refute this irrefutable logic. Dianne Farrell (Jan. 19), John Goodwin (Jan. 22), and Chinh Le (Jan. 24) failed abysmally in addressing my central “superiority” argument. Only John Goodwin tried, but his logic was faulty. He denied that a claim of superiority is needed for one group to control another. It’s a matter of “authority and accountability,” he said. That, of course, is authority of his group over the liberty-defending group. That, of course, is his group holding the liberty-defending group accountable to standards they impose. This is absolutely an unjustifiable claim of superiority!
Progressives insanely believe that a mere claim of positive effect is sufficient to justify violation of liberty. Just as it is depraved to take a life by claiming positive effect, it is depraved to violate liberty. To violate liberty is to enslave.
If you aggressively order your neighbor to cooperate with a health care scheme you have devised, he can simply refuse. Government should protect him from your aggression, yet progressives try to reverse this and have the government authorize and foster this exact kind of aggression.
Negative liberty is inviolable. Progressives must achieve their goals through persuasion, not coercion!
The USA is embroiled in union-boss conflicts, and Corvallis is part of that story. Why should you get involved? Because strong unions make for stronger communities.
I am a graduate employee at Oregon State University. I was attracted to OSU because of the science, but I made my final decision based on the excellent health insurance. Health care is a result of bargaining efforts of our union, the Coalition of Graduate Employees. As CGE enters our fifth month of negotiations, we are surrounded by unions in turmoil; OSU classified employees (represented by the Service Employees International Union) and the new faculty union (United Academics of OSU) have struggled through negotiations this year.
Unions work to create safer, more inclusive workplaces and negotiate with employers to provide livable wages and benefits. These actions benefit our entire community, but to win these benefits, we need a united membership, community support and solidarity with other unions. I am writing this letter to build awareness around the struggles of the graduate employee union at OSU. Please read about the most recent negotiating difficulties with OSU on our website, www.cge6069.org.
My ask of our community: Come to the bargaining session on Wednesday, Feb. 12, anytime from 1-4 p.m. Sessions are open to the public and located in the Westminster House at the corner of Monroe Avenue and Northwest 23rd Street. Additionally, we are asking that community members read and sign our petition on our main webpage.
Delores Porch (Mailbag, Jan. 31) requests that climate letter writers provide proof of authorship for their climate claims. A very reasonable request. I have tried to do so on several occasions (Jan. 19, Dec. 13), but could do a better job. I have not done original research on climate, but I have a Ph.D. in chemistry, so it is easy for me to understand the literature. A lot of my information comes from heavily referenced books, so I can go back to the original data.
A lot of people want to do something about climate change and do it now. But do what? I suggest read a book. Climate is complicated, for sure, but the concepts are not difficult to understand and most anyone who wants to, can, with a little effort.
Our library has a couple of good books, "Climate Change: The Facts," edited by Alan Moran; "Climate of Extremes," by Patrick J. Michaels; and "Cool It," by Bjorn Lomborg. They also have four books by Al Gore. They don't have books by skeptics like Dr. Roy Spenser, Marc Morano and Tim Ball, so if you want to read them, you will have to buy a paperback from Amazon.
Regarding the article on the public hearing on the Safe Camp ("HOPE Digs Into Homeless Problem," Jan. 31), I would like to point out that as a member of the West Hills neighborhood the last sentence of the article insinuates that all residents in this neighborhood want the Safe Camp removed. That, however, is wrong and frankly irresponsible of the Gazette to group supporters of the camp in with the few vocal naysayers.
While the concerns of the residents should be addressed, the city, county, church and Sheriff’s Office have been very open about their intentions and plans to assist as many people as possible.
This is a microcosm of homelessness in the Willamette Valley. The Safe Camp is a pilot solution for helping to improve the lives of those in need. While not perfect, it’s better than many alternatives.
As a supporter of the camp, I find it encouraging that some have stepped up to address homelessness in Corvallis. It has already helped individuals find transitional housing. As a community, we should invest in our whole community, not those that just have secure housing. The negativity is a classic case of NIMBY. If not here, then where? And when will support ever come for these people looking for stability?
It would be a nice addition to your coverage of this story to include the opinions of the supporters of the camp and not just naysayers.
I agree with Tom Gerding's letter about the Fiserv building being a good deal (Mailbag, Jan. 30). Benton County leadership has made a good purchase at a good price.
I have been very disappointed with purchase prices or remodeling costs of governments in Linn and Benton counties over the years. This is a bright spot, and I hope those in Benton County government who are responsible for this purchase know our appreciation.
Recently I noticed a sign at the flashing light pedestrian crossing at Country Club Drive and 53rd Street that said: Push button — wait for traffic to stop."
It would be good to have signs like that at the crossing on South Third Street by the Co-op. Even though the new lights and signage are very helpful, there is always a possibility that a driver will be distracted or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The only way for pedestrians and cyclists to ensure their safety is to wait to cross until they can clearly see that all the traffic is slowing to a stop, and it would be good to have a sign there to remind them.
The Guardian newspaper has just published an article (Feb. 20) by Julian Borger saying we now have the submarine USS Tennessee patrolling the Atlantic armed with new low-yield W76-2 Trident nuclear warheads. This is the first I've known of our arming subs with tactical nuclear weapons.
Each warhead has an explosive yield of 5 kilotons, one-third the power of the Hiroshima bomb. This means our military has given the Navy the potential to use atomic bombs to retaliate against attacks or initiate attacks in small theaters rather than using them as a last resort. This is a step in the wrong direction.
The world needs us all do away with nuclear weapons before a catastrophe occurs. And we still don't know how to safely dispose of nuclear waste!
The Senate has acquitted President Trump. Are you as happy as Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is that impeachment is forever? Did Oregonians stand to learn or gain a thing from a different decision? Probably not.
Think about this. What would Sen. Wyden, Sen. Merkley and Rep. DeFazio have gained with the president’s removal from office? Would the three be heroes? Was Oregon suddenly expecting college loans to be forgiven, free college, Medicare for all, a $20 minimum wage and the rich paying 75% in taxes?
What I witnessed over the past three years was an aberrant, irrational form of hatred with no discernible positive outcome, no sense of a worthwhile future and our politicians demanding we trust their daily bouts of angst, vituperative tweets and suggestions we abandon the Electoral College along with wholesale aspects of the U.S. Constitution.
As we went about our daily lives, our politicians fanned the flames of revenge politics to no other gain than their own. Our babies were born. Our dogs welcomed us home. All three years we have been bathed in media and political rancor leading to our loss of dear friends, avoidance of others we thought colleagues, and taken aback at sudden outbursts of rage from people we meet in public. “Dictator! America is evil!”
Think. When was rage a necessary outcome? Paraphrasing Shakespeare: The fault, dear Oregon, rests not in our stars, but in our selfish politicians.
It’s a misunderstanding of the fear of congressional Republicans in both houses to say they rallied to save a presidency; they rallied to save themselves. They don’t fear the president — they fear his base, and for good reason.
Since Republican state legislators gerrymandered voting districts favorably for Republicans, those in Congress know voters in their districts will fiercely react to any disloyalty to these voters’ hero. The result would be a primary challenge to take them out of office, one very likely to succeed.
Since the president has boasted many times that he has the toughest people in America behind him, there is another reason for congressional Republicans to fear his base. He has bragged that he has “the military, the police and the bikers,” meaning he has armed America behind him. Any Republican who crosses him must fear for their lives, not just their re-election.
In the end, though, it’s not only Republicans who need fear a segment of the 35% of voters who put him in office, it’s the rest of us, as well. What he is suggesting is that there will be a violent response to his loss of support from all voters. He and some of his supporters have suggested that there will be a civil war if he loses the election, and since he claims an array of armed citizens, it won’t be a nonviolent protest to protect America from socialists, a moniker he has appended to all Democratic presidential candidates, making them evil.
False statements to be found in Robert Harris' recent letter:
"A great majority of Americans are not invested" (referencing the stock market). According to the Federal Reserve, 51.9% of Americans do own stocks either directly or indirectly. Gallup puts the number at 54%. Either makes Harris' statement factually wrong.
"The expansion of the value of the stock market almost exclusively benefits the wealthiest Americans." As demonstrated above, it benefits the majority, not just the rich.
"The tax cuts ... have mostly helped large corporations and individuals who live off investments." The corporation tax rate was lowered for, and therefore helped, all corporations, from smallest to largest. Forbes reported (April 15) that 65% paid less tax in 2018, while but 6% paid more. Do 65% of Americans (that would be 199 million of us) live off our investments? Do 72,000 people in Corvallis and Albany do so?
"They have not led to the promised repatriation of corporations." I'm guessing that he means repatriation of overseas profits left offshore under the old law. The Federal Reserve reports (Aug. 6) that $777 billion was repatriated in 2018 alone.
"Main Street is suffering under this regime." How? Unemployment is down from 4.7% to 3.5 % while the labor force participation rate has risen from 62.8% to 63.2% (both Bureau of Labor Statistics). Furthermore, median income went up 3.4% in 2017 and 4.0% in 2018 (Social Security Administration).
Arguments in contradiction of fact are not very persuasive, Mr. Harris.
Having just read the column by Bruce Thomson and Warren George (“Samaritan Caught in the Middle, Jan. 30), I’d like to comment.
If Samaritan is caught between “a public nearing mutiny over health care costs” and the billing issues of Medicare Advantage organizations (among others profiting from our bizarre health care system), then a part of the solution is this: Samaritan’s board of directors should come out of hiding.
When my wife went online to find the names of Samaritan’s board, she couldn't find them. So I called their administrative offices. When I did this I was told, by an administrator, that she isn’t allowed to give out the names and contact info for their board. Later in the conversation she said she did not know the names of her own board of directors.
In this age where everyone cries for transparency, it is more than odd to have the board of a private nonprofit organization be hidden from the public it serves. More to the point, Samaritan’s path to success is to hear from the public it serves and to work creatively and openly with us to find solutions, as opposed to raising our ire and distrust by sequestering itself in secrecy. We should work together.
"The art of life is to show your hand. There is no diplomacy like candor. You may lose by it now and then, but it will be a loss well gained if you do." — E.V. Lucas
I read the article "GAPS to Roll Out Native Curriculum in the Fall" (Jan. 31) with a sense of optimism until I read this reason for its adoption: "... it specifically addresses local tribes and nations that existed in Oregon prior to the arrival of conquering populations."
My family emigrated from Switzerland and homesteaded legally in 1880. Never have I heard this term "conquering populations." On behalf of my paternal family, I am deeply offended. Although our farm is near the Spokane Indian Reservation, almost every farm in Lincoln County, Washington, became available after the Homestead Act of 1862. A similar pattern of settlement occurred in Eastern Oregon.
For readers who did not grow up on farms, you might not realize nor understand the pride we feel in our rural backgrounds. Our families worked hard for generations, and we did not consider our way of life as "conquering" anyone.
Before you conduct the training for teachers, I request that you eliminate terms of judgment such as "conquering populations."