Where was coverage of art exhibit?
It is with much chagrin that I took down my show of Mexico Paintings at the Ashland Painters Union at the end of July. The show was a success, but far too few people saw it or even knew about it. These were large-scale paintings done over a five-year period that were meant to be seen in person.
I did the due diligence of sending out a press release with high-quality images to all the local news outlets. Still, I received absolutely no interest from the Daily Tidings. Considering that your newspaper is "the only game in town," I found this highly disappointing. I see that you have given a spotlight in the past to murals in pizza parlors, and that paintings in restaurants have appeared on the front page, as well as features on high school drama productions. I do not understand why our gallery has been slighted by your publication.
We are a serious art gallery attempting to show work that is meaningful and not encumbered by the parameters that limit the gift shop approach to art that is so prevalent in Ashland. I would think this would be an asset to the community that would be encouraged.
The window has closed to see my show, but I can only begin to question the editorial process that caters to "news" about small businesses above actual cultural events.
Ashland Painters Union
Look at the facts, devise a solution
An Aug. 1 New York Times editorial written by four former Republican-appointed directors of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warns us about the economic and lifestyle changes coming from climate change. Their plea for action is dramatic, to the point and nonpartisan.
For example, they say: "The window of time remaining to act is growing smaller: delay could mean that warming becomes 'locked in.' If we could articulate one framework for successful governance, perhaps it should be this: When confronted by a problem, deal with it. Look at the facts, cut through the extraneous, devise a workable solution and get it done."
Powerful words with warnings that we all need to work together, take action and act now. I say, why can't we learn from the largely successful acid rain cap-and-trade program initiated in the U.S. some 23 years ago? A program supported by the first President Bush. Now, make it applicable to a carbon emissions program.
Want to learn more about what you can do about climate change? Visit www.socan.info, your Rogue Valley source on all things climate change. Better yet, come to a monthly meeting, at 6:30 p.m. every fourth Tuesday at the Medford library.
Dr. Ray Seidler
We are creating global warming
The last month in Southern Oregon reminds us of the danger of wildfires. Some of us see homes and livelihoods jeopardized, while others suffer health risks from the smoke.
We know the immediate culprit causing many of the fires that now consume our forests, posing threats to us all, was lightning. But it is not legitimate to call these "natural disasters." When drivers who insist on driving at high speeds, or driving while drinking, collide with a tree, we might feel sympathy — but we probably would not call the outcome a complete accident as much as the product of carelessness.
Since the Industrial Revolution, humans have been carelessly pumping into our atmosphere pollutants that trap heat. This has been known for more than a century. Since the 1970s, the global temperature has increased some 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit. As droughts and heat waves in the American West have increased, the fire season has expanded by two-and-a-half months.
When we look for the cause of these wildfires, we must look within. If we continue our polluting ways, the frequency, duration and intensity of these wildfires will only increase. What more warning do we need? Are we ready to act?
co-facilitator, Southern Oregon Climate Action Now
Restore sanity to cellphone debate
Once again, AT&T is attempting to provide improved cellphone service to Ashland and its environs by setting up another tower, this time outside the city limits, thus avoiding the crazies that thwarted the last attempt to put cell antennas on the theater roof on Ashland Street, hysterically fearing that the cell waves would cook their brains, fry their gizzards, and set their businesses to rack and ruin. This is likely the same bunch who, out of similar unfounded dread, refuses to vaccinate their kids. Let's hope that this time sanity will prevail, facts will not be buried by fear and superstition, and that AT&T finally will be allowed to provide a level of service that some of us have paid for but have not been allowed to receive.