Asking a driver to do the right thing
Friday, Dec. 6, around 3 p.m., a car was seen skidding into the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's bike rack on Pioneer Street. It destroyed a bike that belonged to OSF's photographer. That $1,200 bike was her only means of transportation.
While it is insured under her mom's homeowner's policy, there is a $500 deductible, which she, a single mother, does not have. As her co-worker, I am issuing a plea for that hit-and-run driver to do the right thing by reimbursing our photographer. If this were your bike, wouldn't you want the same thing? (And if you do repay her, I will write another letter to the editor publicly thanking you for your honesty and generosity!)
We can eliminate fossil-fuel dependence
Discussions of the impact of fossil-fuel consumption on our global climate offer competing views. On one hand are those arguing that alternatives to fossil fuels are inadequate and unreliable. On the other, several recent reports claim that carbon-free renewable energy, even applying today's commercially available technology, is sufficient to supply all our needs, or at least, can contribute substantially.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory judges that by 2050 80 percent of U.S electricity generation could be powered by renewable technologies currently available. Since over 30 percent of our national carbon emissions result from electricity generation, this would make a substantial contribution.
Meanwhile, a Stanford University study indicates that all the power needed on the planet could be provided via renewable sources if we institute a hydrogen energy economy. Hydrogen can be ripped from water using renewable energy and then burned in vehicles basically like natural gas, but the product is carbon-free water. This idea is not new; it appeared in 2009 in Scientific American.
Those claiming it's impossible to eliminate fossil fuels should consult the evidence. All we need is concern for future generations and collective will.
City lacked basics to deal with weather
Why didn't Public Works cinder South Mountain between East Main and Ashland streets the evening of Dec. 12 when there were large gatherings at AHS and SOU?
Why didn't Ashland partner with ODOT to de-ice Ashland Street, Siskiyou Boulevard, East Main and North Main streets?
Why don't we have a regional snow removal body where plows, cinders and deicers could be shared and used where needed in a big storm?
These storms will occur again. Next time, let the city be prepared in advance.
Kiwanis says thanks for giving tree support
Ashland Kiwanis placed its Christmas giving trees at the Ashland Bi-Mart store and at the Ashland Tennis Club again this year. Trees were decorated with the names of children recommended by South Valley Community Human Services in Ashland.
Gifts that were not returned to us, or additional gifts that were needed to complete the gift-giving for a particular child, were shopped for by AHS Key Club members and purchased by Kiwanis. Kiwanis members, and other "friends of Kiwanis", wrapped all of the gifts this week and will have them delivered before Christmas.
Kiwanis sends a "big thank you" to the Ashland community for taking the name tags and buying the special gifts requested by these children. Your generosity will help make Christmas for these kids a little brighter this year.
To learn more about Kiwanis, call 541-488-0532 or visit our website at www.ashlandkiwanis.org.
Ashland Kiwanis Club