Ready, fire, aim
Your editorial “Dedicated copters should be a priority” appears to encourage the same old approach that is regularly used by our county commissioners (as well as other publicly elected leaders in the area). “Ready, fire, aim” appears to be a favorite planning strategy for these people when they should be doing rational, prudent planning to maximize the use of public funds without creating unintended consequences.
From the “peanut gallery”, it appears that the so-called plan will not adequately address the wildfire and smoke problems in Jackson County; smoke from other unattended fires in the Southern Oregon area might just sneak into Jackson County even though the copters are sitting here as a result of this expenditure.
The county commissioners should sit down with other parties key to resolving the wildfire problem in Southern Oregon, and through an appropriate and effective strategic planning process, develop and implement a comprehensive plan for wildfire resistance and suppression. It’s time to start planning and acting like we know what we’re doing instead of continuing to act like a backwater community; the residents of the area deserve no less!
When never means always
Published in MT’s letters to the editor on Nov. 1, a Medford contributor wrote “I never read Leonard Pitts ” (but ) “gave him a try on Unity Day.”
The writer then proceeded to tell us that Pitts “always writes about color and race.” For someone who never reads Pitts, the writer then again virtually accuses himself of lying by stating that “Pitts threw down the race card that he always plays ”
Unlike the psychic Medford writer, I often read Pitts’ (a syndicated columist and Pulitzer Prize winner) column and have always found his views on current events insightful. But I, too, made an exception — this one on Nov. 5, just before Election Day. I searched his column for the damning evidence and found not a word about the battle of the races. Merely his all-too-legitimate concern about the future of our nation under the administration of an egotistical wanna-be dictator.
Thank you, Ashland Co-op
Each year, graduate students in SOU’s environmental education program design and implement Fall in the Field, a place-based environmental education program. This year, with the support of the Ashland Food Co-op, we offered “Food for Thought,” a hands-on lesson where students learned about food miles and the environmental impacts of consumer choices. Students assisted in the preparation of locally sourced ingredients before sharing in a delicious taco dinner. Our goal was to promote sustainable behaviors and provoke thoughtful reflection about the impact of food choices.
We wish to thank the Ashland Food Co-op for sponsoring this program with their Community Grant Award. Thanks to their generosity, Food for Thought was shared with 286 program participants, free of charge. We are also grateful to our donors, Rogue Creamery and Salsa Hecho in Pacific Northwest, and our vendors, Dunbar Farms, Taco Now and The Farm at SOU.
2017-2018 SOU environmental education graduate students
Times have changed
Let’s see if I get this right — a cougar sighting at Southern Oregon University. An officer shot at the animal, and missed — wow, times have really changed!
Judy Van Blarcom