The people to blame are hiding in Monaco; 'Cell Phone’ was a superb commentary; Get involved to stop the slaughter of horses; Help student parents afford cost of college

The people to blame are hiding in Monaco

I think we ought to send a posse to Monaco to round up all the clever riffraff who fleeced the world economy. There's no personal income tax in Monaco, the tiniest studio apartment sells for over a million dollars and Monaco has more police per capita and per area than anywhere else in the world. Monaco's fabulously wealthy mostly international residents are certainly well protected. We might even find Osama Bin Laden there. We're far more likely to find the decoy catalyst for world events that successfully distracted everyone's attention from fake home loans living in Monaco than rambling around like a derelict in the desert.

Furthermore, relatively speaking, Bernard Madoff is small potatoes. Madoff has demonstrated only traditional, albeit larcenous, American entrepreneurial opportunism and desperation — otherwise he'd be quietly living in Monaco. I think Alan Greenspan's the one who should be wearing a bulletproof vest. We all saw the commercials on T.V. — any idiot could see how sh—-y those mortgage offers were, pardon my French. Yep, the masterminds are at a garden party, laughing it up. Go get 'em.

Patti Morey

Ashland

'Cell Phone' was a superb commentary

In response to Roberta Kent's review of "Dead Man's Cell Phone" (see March 7 Tidings "Can you hear me now?"), this is a letter I sent to Bill Rauch, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's artistic director.

"Dead Man's Cell Phone" was a superb combination of timing, staging, serious messages, clever dialogue, story and therapeutic laughter — open-mouth belly laughter. A play that speaks to the poet in me for its freshness and comment on social-ethical-spiritual issues in our culture. I found the play deserving of attention and scrutinty beyond a single adjective, not "profound" (Roberta Kent in the Tidings). I want to thank you [Bill Rauch] for your choice and my enjoyment. Four or five years ago OSF presented "Lorca In A Green Dress." That to me is outstanding theater. I was reminded of it with this present play.

Kathleen Meagher

Ashland

Get involved to stop the slaughter of horses

There are several issues to be mentioned here involving today's situation regarding our horses, both wild and domestic. U.S. horse slaughterhouses are now closed; however, horses by the thousands are being driven many miles for many days to Canada and Mexico without food and water, suffering breakages, dehydration, hunger and much more. Upon arrival to those slaughterhouses they are brutally killed with huge picks to the brain or sometimes stabbed multiple times. What kind of species are we to impose such cruelties?

Today, supposedly due to finances, many horses are being abandoned and neglected. Some, — but few — are rescued, while others end up in auction yards where few are adopted. Not only are thousands of wild mustangs sent to slaughter, but racehorses who did not make the grade and those not adopted in the yards are sent to slaughter. Most of the meat is then shipped to France and Japan. So of course money is involved.

Many of us have worked tirelessly on legislation HR 503 "The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act" and HR 6598 "The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act," but to no avail. Please get involved, get informed, get online and check out www.rallyforhorses.com and www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov and many agencies involved against horse slaughter. Our horses deserve our respect, our appreciation, our love and our care. They helped build this country; they died in war and in the streets for humankind. They are our heros of the West.

Nina Council

Ashland

Help student-parents afford cost of college

I am writing to you on behalf of the student-parents here at Southern Oregon University. During the past few years the State of Oregon has very slowly made improvements to the Student-Parent Child Care Program, a vital program for helping student-parents afford child care while attending college. Unfortunately, these changes are still not doing enough.

During 2007, the SPCCP was given more than $1 million in the governor's recommended budget, but the legislature approved only $866,600. This is more than $200,000 less than what was proposed.

Parents who want to go to college have to afford the financial burden of childcare, as well as the often insurmountably high cost of tuition. For the 2008 — 2009 school year students can expect to pay just over $6,000 in tuition and fees alone. Parents with children can expect to pay just over $5,500 for the nine-month period school is in session and for the full-year it is more than $7,500. These high costs are keeping many parents from getting a degree that has become almost required in the overly competitive workplace.

In 2008, 567 students were given aide to help subsidize the cost of childcare. However, the year prior more than 1,000 students were on the waiting list to receive these funds. More needs to be done to help out our student-parents, who are not receiving any assistance.

The state needs to give more funding to the SPCCP so parents can afford to go to college and provide for their families. At difficult times like these, programs that allow households to provide for their families are what Oregon needs most.

Support the SPCCP so that we can get Oregon back to work.

Kirby Rider

Non-Traditional Senator

Associated Students of Southern Oregon University