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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Letters to the Editor

 Posted: 2:00 AM May 01, 2014

They are not our neighbors

Finally, we the people can do something that will make a huge difference in our lives in this valley. It's as simple as voting yes on 15-119, to stop GMO corporations from shutting down local farms.

They are not our neighbors. They are not our friends. They will say anything to stop us from standing up for our rights, as their blatantly misleading TV ads prove.

A yes on this measure will save us money, support local businesses, and stop their virus from spreading through our Valley. Syngenta, the Swiss company that wants to do GMO business here, is banned from doing that in their home country! And for good reason. They peddle poison and use millions of PR dollars to scare voters into helping them. But we're smart enough to vote yes and deny the profiteering outsiders who only care about profit, not contributing to our healthy community.

Will Wilkinson

Ashland

Join me and vote for Rick Dyer

I want to go on record as endorsing Rick Dyer for the position of Jackson County commissioner.

Rick has worked effectively as an elected member of the RVTD board of directors for two terms, during which time the transportation district has gotten back on its feet. He brings excellent credentials to the position, with a JD degree from Concordia Law School and an undergraduate degree in accounting from Southern Oregon University.

Connie Skillman

Ashland

Exercise rights: yes on 15-119

Out-of-state chemical corporations want their rights: the right to blanket GMO food crops in this county with herbicides, the right to infect neighboring organic farms with wind-borne GMO pollen, the right to make farmers dependent on these same corporations for their seed and chemicals.

If you want to continue eating fresh, organic food direct from the local farmers who grow it, if you want to be free of worry about what chemical herbicides and laboratory modified food crops may do to you and your family, then exercise your rights and vote on Measure 15-119.

Roger Mueller

Ashland

Hannon Friends support 15-122

Voters in Jackson County have been given a fortuitous opportunity to approve the formation of a library district.

All the towns in the county voted for inclusion in the district. What's needed now is for the voters to give their support to this arrangement.

With this change, the libraries of the county will be directed by a separately elected board and at the same time enjoy the stability of a permanent tax base. With an elected board, voters can expect better guidance for our libraries and the promise of expanded services.

We, as members of the Friends of the Hannon Library at SOU, fully support the formation of the library district and urge all members of our community to vote for its creation. Libraries are vital to a sense of community and to the exchange of ideas. They require their own governing body and funding in order to expand services and provide direct guidance in the management of their facilities.

Ruby Whalley, chairwoman, Friends of the Hannon Library board

Ashland

Don't poop where you eat

I have a very large round pond with a fine gravel walkway surround that is decorated with various colored spots of goose poop. I was puzzled; with all the acreage of greenery around me, why do these wild birds pick my special area for their poop?

Then I recalled the old adage: "Don't poop where you eat." Is it possible they hold back their abundant waste of their grazing land and reserve it for their toilet area (my pond surround)? They certainly don't eat the gravel, and the pond is clearly not a grazing area for them. Or is it the sound and sight of the water in the pond that beckons them to this "bath" room?

As an amateur architect, I'd never place a toilet in the dining room or for that matter in a kitchen, so I suppose that I, too, am dictated by "Don't poop where you eat," so perhaps I can't blame them too much for that.

Stan Mazor

Ashland

Theater story was one-sided

I looked forward to reading Nick Morgan's story "Dramatic Entrance" on the front page of Saturday's Daily Tidings (April 26). The photo made me curious about the three founders of the company, and I read on.

But when I'd finished I was amazed to find there had been no mention at all of the roles of Geoff Ridden or Steven Dominguez — not a word. Everything, all quotes and all information, was focused on the role of Peter Wickliffe.

I hope that, in reflecting on this, you'll see that the one-sided focus left major gaps in what could have been a balanced and informative story. Why are Geoff Ridden and Steven Dominguez involved? What are their backgrounds and hopes, and what do they bring to the enterprise? This would have made for much more satisfying and informed reading.

Keith Chambers

Ashland


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