Crosswalk stings are best solution to accident problem




I strongly support the periodic "sting" operations of the Ashland police as one of the most effective methods of enforcing (and reminding) pedestrians, cyclists&

and motorists of important right of way rules. However, there is also genuine ignorance or confusion about some of the rules.




It might be helpful for the Tidings to print some of them periodically (e.g.&

pedestrian and cyclist rights of way when the bike path intersects city streets; whether these rules apply to all intersections or only to&

those with marked pedestrian crossings; how a pedestrian or cyclist should signal to motorists their intent to cross the street).




Perhaps at certain high volume intersections, like the bike path crossings at North Mountain and at E. Main, the city might erect signs reminding motorists of the duty to yield the right of way to pedestrians and cyclists. And above all, it is important for all of us &

pedestrians, cyclists and motorists &

to be aware of our surroundings and to extend the courtesies we expect as we use shared space.&






Kate Geary









Respecting local musical diversity




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Lately I have looked for a wider variety of live music in Ashland. All I can find is a music choice and preference of an older or tamer audience. I have seen a significant shortage of acceptance of heavy metal music, which I am passionate about. I understand that it can be more or less taboo to certain people, but I believe that people should be more understanding of it. This, as well as any other music, is a way for people who play it to show artistic expression, while giving the people who listen a chance to outlet the frustrations of everyday life. Also, heavy metal concerts can create a social scene for kids who may not be as accepted in the mainstream world.




In Ashland I have not seen a heavy metal concert in some time. I would like to play with my band and others in a confined public establishment, so as not to disturb a differing crowd, and have this music be accepted as a musical art form, not a form of Satanism and evil, as it is commonly misinterpreted.




I'm not implying that it has to be listened to by people who would rather not; I understand how it can be offensive. I would just like to see kids, like myself, have a chance to express themselves.




Lucas Morgan









The speech Spitzer should have given




I would rather have observed that former New York governor Eliot Spitzer (and many other similarly-situated men in publice service) had been the type of man to stand up, by himself (without his wife at his side) and say to the American people and the world the following:




"I did this. I feel shame, and I betrayed you. I'll step down and leave this message: Impeachment is off the table, ignored in the case of Cheney and Bush and the promoters of sexual abuse and humiliation, torture and killing of prisoners, most of whom possibly are innocent and have had no hearing or trial.




"I, Governor Spitzer, will not further shame myself by ignoring that those who would impeach and condemn me are silent about the hypocrisy and political corruption and atrocities committed every hour of every day and night by our American government, which is the people."&




Kathleen Meagher