Recent letters regarding the Mount Ashland improvement project seem to be based more on personal belief than on fact.

There will always be arguments against the ski area improvement based on ideology and personal beliefs despite scientific studies to the contrary. That is human nature.

I am in favor of the Mount Ashland project because it is a relatively small project that will have a huge impact on the ski area's future sustainability. The improvement project will be funded by private donations. The economy of scale in operating the new ski runs and the revenue the new runs will produce is very favorable to the ski area. This will help ensure the ski area will be here for future generations to use and enjoy.

Completing the improvements is a "win-win" scenario because the people who may be intimidated by Mount Ashland's steep slopes will be able to stay closer to home and enjoy our local ski area instead of driving an additional 150 miles round trip to ski Mount Shasta with its easier runs. That is not an environmentally friendly option. Staying closer is more environmentally friendly. — Frank Rote, Medford

I was shocked to hear the details of how little Kacy Lunsford lost her life to horrible acts of child abuse by Benjamin George.

I am certainly glad the justice system prevailed and he was sentenced to life in prison. However, I can't seem to understand why this even had to happen in the first place.

News reports stated that Kacy was frightened of George and didn't want to stay with him, that he had pulled patches of her hair out and that she had bruises that he said were from falls while playing.

Why didn't an adult in her life notice these things? Why was the child made to stay with someone she was frightened of? Where were the people in her life who could have protected her?

I'm glad George got his due, but why did Kacy have to suffer such horrible abuse and death for it to happen? As adults we must protect all our children. — S. Self, Medford

I went to public school in Washington, D.C., in the 1950s. My class was filled with embassy children from Sweden, England, Pakistan.

Every morning from kindergarten on, we all rose and gave the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. It was not until sixth grade that one of them realized they were not a U.S. citizen and sat down. — Judy Kerr, Ashland

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