In a recent guest opinion, Eric Navickas wrote as if he spoke for the community of Ashland in his concern for the Ashland watershed; in fact, he does not.

Many of us who reside in Ashland strongly disagree with him, but I am especially upset with Eric's reasoning. He castigates the Mt. Ashland Association board for defending itself in court, and states that it "caused" the city of Ashland to have to go to court to defend itself.

In fact, Eric and the groups he represent have forced this issue into court, have dragged out the process for 10 years, and have lost at every turn. And now they exhort us to boycott? Are you kidding?

I am donating to Mount Ashland, I will search out those businesses that support Mount Ashland and will in turn support them, and I will proclaim to all who ask that I support the expansion. I support the research done by the Forest Service. I support the efforts of the last 10 years by a dedicated board to do what they thought best for their organization. And I will not let Eric act as if he speaks for me. — Mollie Owens, Ashland

I wonder, when I next vote, who will be the proud ones to get mine?

I guess I'll have to wait and see who the "good ol' boys" will allow to run. Not who might work in our favor, perhaps, but who will better the "party."

I sometimes think that they no longer do our bidding or stand for us, but that we are their feeding ground, and their bank! It is sad that our once proud nation is being dragged into the mire by greedy groups and unscrupulous people who do not care about us.

Not all of our leaders are in this class, but the ranks are getting thin.

The things they might consider are:

All services and government expenses are paid for with tax money.

Taxes are for the most part paid by taxpayers.

Most taxpayers are working people.

The working people also buy most of our nation's products.

I believe our unbalanced economy is caused by corporate outsourcing of our production of goods and services. These goods are sold to us Americans. Who can buy them? Working Americans!

I guess when I vote, I'll have to consider who helped to restore our jobs and restore the label "Made in U.S.A.," and turn our economy around!

Good luck, fellas and gals in our leadership. It's a long, hard job turning this economy around. Many of your predecessors caused many problems, and you have to do better.

One vote, one job, one nation, I wonder! God Bless America — Frank Bell, Eagle Point

People complain that the "Occupy" movements across the nation have no clear and concise goals. They misunderstand.

If the groups involved itemized their outrage within the very cultural framework they wish to critique, these would be dissembled, co-opted or assuaged in some manner by elites and talking heads. Things would go on as before.

This movement is meant to raise the conscience of the population and, through discourse, to discover the true nature of the social, political and economic institutions within which we live. Beyond that, they offer the opportunity for discussion of solutions to the momentous problems which confront us.

But these solutions will not be national; they will be local and regional. This is what was meant when Jacque Ellul penned the famous slogan, "Think Globally and Act Locally." Jeff Golden's campaign to achieve sustainable food production in the Rogue Valley is a good example. Efforts under way to form an Oregon state bank is another.

Only by uncoupling, psychologically and spiritually, from the dominant cultural stories that guide our thoughts and emotions will we be able to turn our human ingenuity towards ways we can finally live together in relationship. — R. Karl Doell, Medford

Amid the controversy concerning the use of corporate logos on our airport control tower, Dale Smith's letter on Oct. 11 suggests the alternative of having architectural art inside the terminal. What a great idea! Passengers arriving at Medford Airport might feel they are visiting a cultural oasis.

Unfortunately that idea has been proposed and rejected.

An art installation to be situated on the walls above the reservation desks and luggage carrousel was presented to the airport committee. Images depicted, as Dale Smith suggested, included Crater Lake, the Rogue River, vineyards, orchards and other views of Southern Oregon cultural highlights. The art was somewhat abstract to fit in with the architectural style, and a team of local artists was recommended for its execution.

A model of the project was presented to and approved by the Medford Art Commission, the board of the Rogue Gallery, the architect and the airport director. When presented to the county commissioners, however, it was dismissed, reportedly because they didn't want "modern art" in their airport. It was hardly an appropriate response for a modern, 21st century airport terminal.

The question is, should politicians be making decisions that really belong to the cultural voice of the community? — Jerry Simon, Ashland

When that guy confronted the group of kids hanging the dog, and then the kid told him to "f—— off" because his father is a cop, he should've grabbed him by the collar and said, "Great, let's call him right now and we will wait for him to get here." — Bill Martin, Medford

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