'Tis the season for giving to the needy?




Giving to the annual ACH (Ashland Community Hospital) "Lights For Life" had been a tradition for my father and my mother. With the passing of my father I continued the tradition. I was able to see first-hand the warmth my mom felt when she opened the acknowledgement card. She displayed her card proudly.




In Saturday's mail I received the flyer for the 2007 Lights For Life campaign and sadly I am very disillusioned. There is no more $10.00 White Light. The $25.00 Blue Light is now $50.00. The next step up has an even higher percent increase than that. They have also taken away the donor's choice to designate where they would like their donation to be put to use.




Was counting, recording and depositing ten and twenty five dollar amounts really so time consuming? "Big People Only!" "Big People Only!" That is the impression I get out of this year's campaign. If it is the goal of this years campaign to get rid of the "Little People" it worked.




I'm gone.




Little people unite. We have many more avenues from which to choose. I would hope we all still make donations in remembrance of loved ones lost. I am still financially able match the same amount in donations as last year. Many others are not; with the rise in gas, heat, utilities and food it is a crunch out there.




I will donate directly to the Ashland Hospice Program in memory of my father. (Yes I know it is still ACH) The remainder of the money will be donated through the Ashland Elks to the Veterans Programs at White City. At the Ashland Elks or Veterans Administration S.O.R.C.C. (formerly The White City Dom.) "Little People's" money, gifts and time are always appreciated, processed and gratefully acknowledged. No overhead or administrative fees &

a true 100 percent donation.




Questions and or comments welcome, rraff at wave.net




Richard M. Raffensperger




Talent




'Little Shop' worth a look




I'm always amazed at the professional quality of the Ashland High School Theater productions. "Little Shop of Horrors" is no exception, with an extraordinary blend of positive teenage energy, musical comedy, and entertainment value. Now playing on the Mountain Avenue Theatre stage at Ashland High School, "Little Shop of Horrors" showcases not only the fine talent of the on-stage performers, but treats the audience to a zany romp via satire, humor, lovable characters, and amazing stage craft and puppetry.




The show runs Nov. 8, 9, 10, 17 at 7:30 p.m. Two matinees, Nov. 11 and 18, are at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at Tree House Books, Paddington Station, the Music Coop, and at AHS. This is truly a must see production!




Susan Wilson




Ashland




The hills are alive in Southeast Talent




The beautiful green hills in southeast Talent, habitat for cougars, deer, foxes, racoons and much more, are in jeopardy. For the profit of a few, an entire rural neighborhood is being threatened with a development of 143 units that would obliterate the wildlife habitat, endanger a natural wetland, and create air, noise, and light pollution, thereby chaging the nature of southeast Talent forever.




Residents and friends of Talent are presenting a benefit on Sunday, Nov. 18, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Jackson Wellsprings in order to raise funds to cover informational materials distributed in our efforts to retain the last wildlife area in Talent. Food and live entertainment will be available as will homemade pies to buy for Thanksgiving. For more information call 535-1064.




Jill Iles




Talent