With great anger and disappointment I read of the vandalism to our new public restrooms in the Gold Hill Sports Park. This senseless act is an assault on both the city and all the individuals who contributed to the construction of our public restrooms.
A current theory of law enforcement is known as the "Broken Window," where minor crime must be dealt with rapidly to prevent it from evolving into major crime.
Vandalism of public property is an insult to all those who seek relaxation or exercise in our ever-growing sports park. In addition to the flagrant disrespect it shows for their fellow citizens, these criminal acts are all too likely to be repeated if the offenders are not punished.
It is quite likely that the identities of the vandals are circulating. I can only hope that a concerned parent or friend will come forward if they have information that will identify the responsible parties.
This reprehensible act should not be allowed to stand without consequences. Too many people worked too hard to make restrooms in the park a reality, and they are the key to many future improvements in the Gold Hill Sports Park. — Robert Lowe, Gold Hill
Mr. Platt writes to support both his opposition to abortion and support for capital punishment resulting from his concern for justice. I can only offer Soren Kierkegaard's assertion that justice and vengeance lie side by side in the human heart.
To call for the cessation of abortion without seamlessly expressing concern and support for the mother and child after birth is too narrowly a constructed justice, in my opinion. Similarly, Mr. Platt implies that our independent judicial system can be trusted to administer fair and even-handed justice to criminals. That legal process is marred by socioeconomic and racial inequities and even budgetary exigencies.
As a follower of Yeshua, I would suggest we arrange our thinking around the only transcendent value: love. Perhaps we can come up with something. — Robert Doell, Medford
Regarding more space for the police department, Ashland should finally decide to go up and not out with its city structures, by adding a second and maybe a third story to the existing police department.
The $96,000 for a study of remodeling the Grove (named after Youthworks' head Steve Groveman) should be reallocated for an addition to the existing police department, not for reworking a building intended for use by our young people.
The council is off to a bad start with this project, and we need public hearings before a dime of that $96,000 is spent to ill-advisedly convert a needed recreational resource away from its original intended use. — Brent Thompson, Ashland
This is regarding the issue of the Bowmer Theatre at OSF.
From my research, I have learned that the theater at Ashland High School holds 410 people, and the Dorothy Stolp holds 327. Why isn't the AHS theater going to get used? School's out for summer! — Carol Young, Talent