Caution preferred in land use
On Nov. 28. 2007 the County Board of Commissioners voted 2-1 to follow the recommendation of the County Planning Commission that parcels on lands with so called "poor soils" be a minimum of 20 acres. This vote was welcomed by many including the city leaders of Ashland, Talent, and Medford who objected to the 10-acre minimums passed on Aug.2, 2006 against the Planning Commission's recommendation.
The decision to cut in half the Planning Commission's 20-acre recommendation at that August meeting was considered to be a threat to agriculture, and it resulted in an appeal by the City of Ashland which then resulted in the ordinance being remanded back to the County by the Land Use Board of Appeals and the State Court of Appeals for further hearings.
After the remand, Commissioner Dennis C.W. Smith met with community members and growers and decided to be more cautious. The reversal of his vote in favor of 20-acre minimums is important for three reasons.
It increased the probabilities that the expanding grape growing industry can flourish in Jackson County.
It will result in a greater assurance that existing rural property owners will have enough water.
And it will lessen the fiscal burden of all County taxpayers because sprawl costs more to administer and service than compact development.
Jackson County residents are lucky that Dennis C.W. Smith is proving to be cautious regarding land use. Unfortunately, Commissioner Jack Walker continues to display no such caution.
President of Friends of Jackson County
Missing the SOU Christmas Fair
For over 25 years the SOU Christmas fair served as a social outlet for our "Real Impressions" creative do-dahs and "Good Energy wearable art." My daughters grew up learning valuable social and money skills there.
I am saddened this local tradition was ended, but am grateful that we had the opportunity to participate for so many years. Being the only show we did, it was a social event of community and friends coming together, sharing gift creations and life stories.
I will miss the special interactions with our many returning customers. Starting with "Jewelry that changes colors," shelf earrings, real flower magnets, "sharing moments of beauty" note cards, zipper pulls, coin earrings, bead necklaces, one-liner buttons, wind chimes, 3rd-grade light switch covers, and other one-of-a-kind creations.
I would like to express my sincere thanks to all our many customers who supported our "Therapy Through Art" creations. You allowed us to create onward and share some special moments. I remember an older gentleman at the end of the show last year who was mulling over buttons. He finally picked the one that said, "I don't have the time to hurry." Laughing, he said his wife was waiting for him in the car! We sure did have a lot of fun.
I will miss it all and will continue to search for those moments of joy, beauty and that "one-liner" to help save the world.
Please respect America's veterans
I am a Vietnam Vet. I spent the 'Summer of Love' on the DMZ. In 1985 I went to our local Vet Center for help with suicidal depression. I was so impressed and grateful for the quality of care I received that I learned to become a therapist. I am medically retired from the Veterans Administration after 15 years of caring for combat vets with PTSD. I know what I'm talking about.
On this subject, sirs, you do not.
In an article you published entitled, "New Lost Generation," it was stated that veterans with PTSD are sociopaths. That is pejorative, hurtful and wrong. I was spat upon for serving my country. Misinformation from respected journalists stings and humiliates as much.
Please, sirs, call your local Vet Center and learn what PTSD is and is not. Educate yourself and your readers. People need to understand our returning veterans. They do not need to fear us.
Letters to the editor
Caution preferred in land use