The last few days have seen a new upsurge in deadly terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians.

In Jerusalem, a bomb set in the busiest part of the city killed a 59-year-old woman and injured dozens more. This was the first terrorist bombing in the Israeli capital for four years, but it comes at a time when the Palestinians have walked away from the peace process and are refusing to return. Two weeks ago, Palestinian terrorists slaughtered an Israeli family of five, including three children, in their beds. And, in their schools they continue to teach their children to hate Israel and Jews.

Meanwhile, terrorists in Gaza, armed and financed by Iran, have fired more than 80 rockets and mortars at civilians in southern Israel since March 19, including two military-grade Grad missiles at the city of Beersheba. One person, a 56-year old man, was injured by flying debris when the second Grad rocket exploded. Citizens had to rush into shelters and authorities canceled school for Thursday. — Stan Shulster, Ashland

It is just amazing that all of a sudden it was noticed that Hawthorne Pool was leaking 33,000-plus gallons of water each day! Where did it all go? And for how long?

Seems it would have been noticed shortly after it started leaking and also that some may have gone into that basement with all those rusty pipes. Or that quantity would have more than saturated the ground or shown up somewhere. Looks like the powers that be want to put in a lot of aquatic parks and must have money sitting around for those, so why not do a good repair job on the existing pool, and not have to put it up for a bond issue on a ballot?

Someone always wants something, and one way to get it is to get rid of something already in existence. Why don't you do another story on the pool, and fill the community in on everything? — Pat Wright, Medford

I couldn't help but be amused by Sarah Paul's letter (March 19) regarding Ashland wanting to raise water rates because of unusually cooler weather in 2010 resulting in less water being used, which resulted in less money for the city. Her solution — take longer showers.

It brought back memories of San Jose in the late 1970s when the Santa Clara Valley found itself in the middle of a drought. The water company found itself on the short side of revenues, because of the fact people were conserving water (the nerve of some people). So what did they do? They enacted (are you ready for this?) a limited term capital improvement surcharge. Can't these municipalities set aside money in a rainy day fund or, in this case, a non-rainy day fund?

I'm not certain but I don't think the limited term was ever rescinded when the drought ended. If Ashland gets its rate increase, let's see if they lower rates when people start using more water. — Ed Seward, Medford

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