Letters to the Editor, Nov. 20

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 20

A textbook example

Those who write defending the recent actions of the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission and in opposition to the recall of three commissioners are not in possession of the relevant facts. They say that the recall process should "be reserved for actual malfeasance or wrongdoing," and then reduce the outrageous behavior of the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission to differences of opinion and to upsetting some constituents.

The actions of the APRC are a textbook example of malfeasance and wrongdoing. Without any documented problem or case for urgent action, the commission has pulled the rug out on our most vulnerable citizens, cutting them off from the help they need to access to the medical, rehab, legal, financial and social services they are entitled to by law. They have arbitrarily laid off the staff that was the link to these services and have done nothing to replace these highly qualified people.

As winter approaches the challenges these seniors face become more daunting. Will it take an avoidable death for the city to decide that this action constitutes malfeasance and wrongdoing ?

Avram Chetron


How about D.I.M. Road?

When the Jackson County commissioners next revisit the naming of Dead Indian Memorial Road, among the choices they may wish to consider is renaming it D.I.M. Road. Those curious about such an unusual name would be able research and read about the honorable historical context of the original road name, but without the jarring reaction that one interprets in today’s society in casually seeing the full name on street signs, road maps or web pages.

There will always be instances where names given to roads, buildings or other objects and sites, for honorable reasons, are much differently interpreted by future generations. Evident of this is the struggles the Centennial School District, near Portland, has had with its Lynch School names. A controversy that has many similarities to the Jackson County one.

Tom Sisul

Eagle Point

Suppression is no answer

The remedy for an alcoholic is not more alcohol.  It was surprising, therefore, that the gathering to consider forest issues in Medford ("Discussion on wildfire smoke draws small crowd," Nov. 10) was informed that fire suppression has caused an over-dense forest susceptible to further wildfire and then focused on suppressing wildfire as the solution.

Here we had self-proclaimed forest experts telling us that the solution to fire suppression is more fire suppression.  This is worse than simplistic, it’s insane!

There is ample reason to control fire around human dwellings, but our forests are fire adapted, it’s an essential component to maintaining their health.  

We can, however, address the primary reason for the fires, namely the warming and drying that results from our emissions of climate pollution. Anyone who is concerned about the smoke, would have to support the Clean Energy Jobs Bill, since this is the best vehicle for Oregon to step up to the plate and control its climate pollution.

It would be pure anti-science hypocrisy to pretend concern about forest fires and oppose that legislation.  Let’s all get on board — now!

Trisha Vigil


Go away, Kitzhaber

I was disappointed but not surprised to hear that the sleaze Kitzhaber and his moll, Hays, got a pass on their dubious dealings. Mark my words, the next step will be for the both of them to worm their way back into politics where they can continue to commit crimes against all of us.

Cliff Geddis


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