Musings on music; John Stromberg is ready to be mayor; Support for state representative Peter Buckley; Would you make a good president?; Take part in the political process; Supporting Joe Charter for judge

Musings on music

One of the phenomena my generation has had to deal with is the "aged performer comeback" that is doubtless rooted in the socioeconomic trend toward communism and its alarmingly enervating mediocrity. For it is no world-rocking, libido-quickening, spiritually-awakening, consciousness-shaking strains that we encounter, nor that we seek, but those "old familiar tunes" apparently, of the '60s.

We saw the Paul McCartney special, as the living legend spryly hopped onstage, gray-haired yet remarkably fit, commenced crooning, and the mature audience all swaying and smiling with gleaming eyes (forgetting, for the time being, their arthritis, macular degeneration and other such fascinating health issues).

The Beatles transformed American culture, with mind-blowing bands in their wake. The bold voices of my generation, the vanguard, the colossi, the visionaries, the hep, the cool and the groovy. Now, there's safe bland entertainment. Jim Morrison rocks and rolls in his grave.

Patti Morey

Ashland

John Stromberg is ready to be mayor

I agree with Jim Moore that mayorial candidate John Stromberg is eminently prepared for the task of managing the decision-making process of the Ashland City Council.

A fan of community television, I've watched John focus the work of the planning commission in subtle and collaborative ways. His experience in facilitating organizational change, coupled with a clear-eyed realism about the likely futures that Ashland faces, make him that rare candidate who will not need any on-the-job training.

It's become a cliché of this election season to say that someone is "prepared from day one," but I am heartened that John Sromberg is such a person in the flesh. I hope you will join me and vote for him as our next mayor.

Nan Trout

Ashland

Support for state representative Peter Buckley

Peter Buckley believes we're all in it together. He has been an effective and influential progressive voice for Southern Oregon in the state legislature. I'm voting to keep him working for you and me in Salem.

Jim S. Martin

Ashland

Take part in the political process

Democracy works best when citizens participate. That is to say, rather than grumbling and complaining about the political process, dirty politics and candidates who don't represent our views, it behooves all of us to volunteer for the party of our choice. There are many ways to help, such as telephoning, walking a precinct, registering voters and many other tasks. Many of them are simple and repetitive, but necessary in a political campaign.

I would suggest that if you are able and don't volunteer for the party of your choice, it is hard to justify complaints when things don't seem to go your way. So, think about it and then call the headquarters of your party and volunteer to help.

E. A. (Don) Seebart

Talent

Supporting Joe Charter for judge

I have come to know Judge Joe Charter well over the past couple of years, and aside from his professional credentials and record, I can personally vouch for his character. He has qualities of mind and heart I value in a friend, much less a judge. He's open-minded, compassionate, responsible and able to fairly consider many points of view.

In addition to his virtues as a individual, he brings broad legal experience to the bench for Circuit Court. He has presided over hundreds of trials and thousands of arraignments during the past four years. During that time, traffic fatalities in the county, once among the highest in the state, have been reduced by two-thirds.

Judge Charter served as a Circuit Court Pro Tem Judge, presiding over criminal jury trials and family law matters. He has been a mediator for 12 years, reducing court caseloads. He has 24 years of diverse legal experience in most types of cases that are brought before the courts. He has served as the local Bar Association President and in statewide bar positions.

Judge Charter believes in holding offenders accountable and making crime victims whole. He does not accept contributions from lawyers, avoiding conflicts of interest. He has the ability to practice justice and compassion. Vote for Judge Joe Charter.

Joseph McCormick

Talent

Would you make a good president?

If you think that Sarah Palin is much like you — someone who can understand the problems of your daily existence — you should ask yourself this question: Would you be able to handle the presidency of the U.S.A. if you were called to do so?

If your answer is NO and you think that Sarah is "just like you," your vote for the McCain-Palin ticket would be much like voting for yourself to be president.

You may also want to ask the following further questions: How many meaningful books has Sarah read in her lifetime? How much history does she know? How much science? How much economics? How much geography?

One must have at least some knowledge of these topics to function as an effective president of the world's most advanced country, even to just pick good advisors.

Fred Kohler

Ashland