Ashland High seeks volunteer counselors

Ashland High School is reaching out to mental health professionals to help with a counseling program at the campus health center. Mental health professionals were invited to an Ashland Student Assistance Program (ASAP) planning meeting today at the Ashland High School main office.

This is the seventh year for the ASAP program. Last year, the participating volunteer counselors were Pam Derby, Jennifer Downs, Sheri Harding, Elaine Hamlin, Bill McMillan, and Will Nuessle. Ashland High School students benefited from hundreds of sessions with these volunteer counselors and therapists.

ASAP counselors help students with a variety of personal and family mental health concerns, including depression, eating disorders, body image, self-esteem, sexuality and substance use and abuse issues. Students are referred to the ASAP counseling program from a variety of sources, including self-referral, parents, teachers, administrators, academic counselors and health center staff. ASAP therapists meet on campus with the students for counseling sessions and may make referrals for off-campus services.

The ideal volunteer commitment is two hours per week of regular on-campus office hours for one semester (September through January, or February through early June). The rewards are:


162; Public recognition for volunteer services;


162; An opportunity for the therapist to become better known by the school community (staff, students and parents);


162; Satisfaction of assisting young people and their families at a critical period in their lives.

For more information, call 482-8771 to speak with Don Valentini, ext. 106 (, or Glenna Stiles, ext. 109 (

Paul Copeland

Caravaner wants justice for the 'Cuban 5'

On my return from the Caravan to Cuba (sponsered by Pastors for Peace Foundation in N.Y.) I bring many thanks from the people of Cuba for all the local contributions and support for this project to end the embargo of Cuba.

I see the embargo as the U.S. using our powerful position in the world to punish Cuba for not letting our country impose a puppet goverment in Cuba that would be friendly to the corporations and political interest of the U.S. The ban on travel to Cuba is designed to prevent the people of this country from seeing and discovering for themselves the many accomplishments by Cuba and experiencing the love the Cuban people have extended to their brothers and sisters in this country and around the world.

After Katrina, 1,600 Cuban doctors were ready to come and help save lives. Bush refused to let them come and help &

better to let them [Katrina victims] perish.

This year's caravan was also in support of the Cuban 5. None of the five were commiting espionage against the U.S. Their mission in this country was to stop the terrorist attacks by Cuban counter revolutionaries aganist their homeland and humanity. While the Cuban 5 have been imprisoned for 10 years for stopping terrorism, Pasada, who was responsible for the bombing of a Cuban airline &

killing all 73 people on board &

is free in Miami. Despite U.N. and federal court rulings in their favor, the 5 are still in jail fighting for justice, with some being denied family visits nine to 10 years.

On June 4, a three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of appeals upheld by a 2-1 vote, the convictions of the five, reversing a unanimous ruling by a similar panel three years ago which overturned their convictions and ordered a new trial.

The Bush "justice department" was clearly involved in this manipulation of justice. The Cuban 5 stepped forward to stop terrorism, and thus crimes aganist humanity. Can we do less than step forward to demand a fair trial for them?

If you would like to add your voice for justice, please contact .

Betty Sherman


Stolen feather was taken from us all

Had the theft of a sacred item happened elsewhere, let's say in church or synagogue, or a cross destroyed or a torah burned, there would have been a public outcry and a memorial service &

perhaps even an interfaith service &

that would include a prayer for the perpetrator to receive Divine insight and humble him or her.

For people of many faiths, there is a house of worship into which one enters with a sense of awe, and if anyone then destroys sacred items they will be called criminals. For Native people, outdoors/nature is their place of worship and they were sharing their sacred feather with all who wished to share in their spiritual experience, regardless of ancestry or religion.

Therefore, not only did the person who stole the feather desecrate a place of worship, that person also stole it from all of us who appreciated this opportunity to share faith.

Atara Melo