A recent article about Mount Ashland Ski Association's season pass sales quoted a representative, "We're down about 600 this year ..." That significant loss represents, among the frequent users, a lack of confidence in the Mount Ashland board of directors' policies.

In pursuit of the expansion, the board has squandered the solvency of the Mount Ashland Association. Proofs of that include the newly imposed facility closures on Saturday nights and Tuesdays, and the current fundraiser for this season's operating expenses! They have diverted over $2 million in studies and legal fees for the proposed grandiose expansion project.

This board has lost track of its primary duty toward the skiing/boarding community. Their mantras should be "Do no harm."

Advocates for the proposed ill-conceived expansion jeopardize the very existence of our ski/boarding facility. With global warming, the future of our four-month seasonal recreation facility is iffy as is. Therefore, to insist on destroying 70 acres of forest land, including some in our Ashland watershed and some old-growth species, is not acceptable within our small Mount Ashland environment.

In compliance with current realities, the board must reevaluate its priorities and drop the proposed expansion plans. — Marilyn Briggs, Ashland

I am a long-distance volunteer driver. First it was for the Community Partnership Team, and now I drive for RSVP through Translink. I drive clients to their doctor or therapy appointment that have no other way to get there. I drive all over the state of Oregon and on occasion down into Northern California.

My greatest gifts were corneas for both eyes that allow me to not only see, but I am still able to be of service to others as a volunteer driver.

Please join me in giving thanks to all who donate organs and tissues. They never know how many lives they touch. They are indeed great gifts to humanity.

May all of your hearts and homes be filled with joy, love, peace, beauty, harmony and good health. Happy holy days. — Jeanne Dority, Medford

I ride the bus to RVMC. I am physically able to make the walk from across Interstate 5 to the hospital, but recognize that many can't. I wonder how those without a car or the physical ability to walk to work, make appointments at RVMC or nearby medical clinics.

A medical community without a bus! We should be embarrassed.

The bus is not a "loser cruiser." It is how many of those who clean our McMansions and provide basic care in the hospital and nursing homes get to work and shopping.

I attended a class in Portland and used the light rail. Providence Hospital provided a shuttle to transport patients, staff and visitors to that hospital and hands out bus schedules.

I recently challenged Kent Brown (RVMC CEO) to make RVMC the "greenest" in Oregon. Here is an opportunity to demonstrate his commitment to the staff, the local medical community and patients.

How about a community, business (RVMC and the nearby medical clinics) and RVTD partnership that rewards ridership and offers a viable alternative to the one car/one person mentality?

Climate change, peak oil and population growth demand a change from "one person one car." Let's do it before it's too late. — Ken Gosling, Talent

Why can't the Light One Candle series be an ongoing program? A little story in the paper every day of the year.

I am aware people know others are in need, but highlighting someone's story every day would be a wonderful addition to the paper. People would be more than willing to help, especially if they read the background of someone's plight. Then we would see some good news every day. — Melissa Wynne, Talent

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