I write this letter in support of United Way of Jackson County's project "One person, One can, One community."
In summary, the goal of the project is to collect 202,310 cans of food! That's a gift of one can or package of food from every person in Jackson County. (You may visit their Web site, www.unitedwayofjacksoncounty.org, for more information, including where you can drop off food donations.)
This project seemed to make sense to me and consequently I decided to participate. As I dropped off my family's donation today, I met two gentlemen sitting outside of a locked ACCESS Food Bank door. In the brief conversation I had with these two men I learned that they would be waiting there for two hours before the food bank doors even opened in order to ensure that they would get a food box. They said that those that end up in the back of the line often come away empty-handed.
It is important that the community joins together to help support this project, feeding those in need. So, I encourage you to join in the cause and make your food donation today. — D. Harris, Medford
The day-to-day happenings in Ashland are like the gift that keeps on giving. On June 25, we learn that the previously-billed-as-sacrosanct Circle of Teran is no longer worthy as a "church," but now for sale at $6.7 million. I guess the shaman must have called his stockbroker in lieu of pursuing his spiritual leanings after all.
Then, we have Councilman/gadfly Navickas on his soapbox protesting that throwing out the transients "camping" in the city bushes is "cruel and unusual punishment." I suggest that if Navickas feels so outraged, he invite the transients to camp out in his backyard instead of the public areas of his fine city.
I can't wait to see the outcome of the parade versus the "pastie lady." Thank goodness Ashland is in its own orbit around the valley. — Ted Krempa, Medford
For the past several years the environmental industry has repeatedly chanted its mantra, "BLM and Forest Service aren't using science in making forest management decisions." Now, the principal authors of the Northwest Forest Plan, professors Norm Johnson and Jerry Franklin, tell us the NFP has failed "because it took a science-based approach," so now they are proposing a political-based approach.
Senator Wyden has drafted a bill which he feels is a compromise between those who favor science-based management and those who favor no management. For political advisers, he has chosen the same two authors who wrote the failed NFP.
Wyden, Johnson and Franklin don't understand that the environmental industry doesn't compromise. They want zero timber harvest from federal lands.
The environmental industry, aided by compliant, liberal federal judges, has ignored the still-existing O&C Act, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, and has been allowed to "cherry pick" the Northwest Forest Plan. It will do the same to Wyden's plan.
I respect Senator Wyden for recognizing the problem and attempting to resolve it, but for success he must deal with rational and reasonable people. Environmentalists are neither. — Pat Clason, Medford
The issue of rampant panhandling and the lifestyles of those panhandlers has been a touchy subject for many in the Rogue Valley. There are many valid points to both sides of the argument of whether they should be socially accepted or not.
It is well known the newspaper circulation is down nationally. I have a suggestion that may be good for both the paper and the so-called panhandlers. This is definitely thinking outside the box.
About four years ago, I lived on Oahu, Hawaii. There was a large number of panhandlers over there as well. The local newspaper basically hired them on as a means of newspaper distribution. As cars drove by, they could buy a paper from the so-called "paper boys." At the time, I did not realize what was going on but looking back, it seems like a win-win for both parties; the paper's circulation went up, and the panhandlers were able to earn a living instead of begging.— Jody L. Fleming, Medford
If the language of the Constitution is to have any meaning and the document is worth fighting and dying for, then the prescriptions of the Bill of Rights and the Fourth Amendment, in particular, must be followed.
The Bush administration has treated the Constitution as an archaic document that has only symbolic but not actual value, as a tool for recruiting soldiers and posturing in elections but not the rules that define appropriate behavior for government officials.
As the FISA law is renewed, the companies who joined the Bush administration in violating the constitutional restraints against unlawful searches must be held accountable. To grant them immunity sets a precedent that will allow this and future administrations to disregard the Constitution as long as there is a majority in Congress who'll excuse the wrongdoers. — Linda Colloran, Medford
The Ride For Hope Equestrian Center poker run took place on June 14. About 100 fellow bikers showed up to show their support.
This event was sponsored by the Kawasaki & Honda of Medford motorcycle shop and the Mountain Valley Riders (Medford chapter of the Gold Wing Touring Association). I would like to thank all of the great contributors to our cause. We had about 80 businesses donate money or items for auction, raffle, or door prizes. For this list, go to www.gwta-oregon.org. The popular band, Dead Sea Pedestrians, donated their time as well to make our event a success. We were very proud to donate $3,200 to the Hope Equestrian Center on June 20. The Mountain Valley Riders care about our community, and do all that we can to give back to it. Thank you to all who came to support us. — Lillian Schroeder, Central Point