'Things We Do’ is engaging theater; Shop’n Kart is the only fun place to shop; Musings on firearms, rural communities

'Things We Do' is engaging theater

As one who wrote to this newspaper in August 2007 when the play "My Name is Rachel Corrie" was cancelled by Oregon Stage Works, I'd like to encourage everyone in the Rogue Valley to see this short play during the next two weeks, along with "The Jewish Wife," "A Tiny Piece of Land" and "Masked" — the three other short plays that are being presented with it under the heading "Things We Do."

I saw them this week and found them to be everything good theater should be. They deal with universal issues and feelings in a non-rhetorical way. They are engaging and well acted. They present Israelis, Palestinians and Americans as people, not cardboard cutouts.

If what you really want is a public forum on Middle East policy, you will be disappointed because that is not these plays' function. But if you want to be moved and to think about choices we make as individuals and as a society, don't miss this opportunity between now and May 31.

Matt Witt

Talent

Shop'n Kart is the only fun place to shop

Regarding the May 12 letter "Not worth the thievery at store," about a customer spotting a thief in Shop'n Kart, yelling about it, and the employees not jumping the man and having him arrested: If he wants to witness police action he should hang around Market of Choice. Of course it will cost him. Perhaps the Co-op is more to his liking; you see everything there, and they are on top of theft and take a worse action of not letting offenders shop there anymore. As for Safeway, they probably get the police over quickly, but you get the quality you pay for.

Shop'n Kart is the only fun place to shop — classical music, happy employees, good vibes, no pretensions, the young people shelving are fun and friendly, and best of all none of the bigname millionaire celebrities recently up from L.A. shop there. It's a locals place — maybe the last. No uptightness, thanks and have a nice day. Shoppers like it because it is the way it is, and the prices are so low. Sounds like Albertson's is the right place for you.

Hugh Garrett

Ashland

Musings on firearms, rural communities

After reading the The Washington Post's anti-gun commentary "Promises on the firing line" in the May 13 Ashland Daily Tidings, I decided not to respond. I did however submit this online to the Keep And Bear Arms Web site at www.keepandbeararms.com. I feel they can address, rebut and deal with this a lot better than myself. I have grown weary, tired and exhausted of this.

On an unrelated issue I actually enjoy writing letters to The Tidings and other newspapers about our Oregon heritage. An example was my last letter running in the April 2 Daily Tidings on Malin, Ore.'s upcoming centennial for 2009. In fact, these festivities, which I'm sure will include ethnic Czech folk dancing, are scheduled in Malin for the weekend of July 17. The Klamath Falls Herald and News will still post information on this.

Again, I'm grateful certain rural farming communities continue to thrive and exist, even today. The loss of community remains perhaps among the most deplorable curses of modern living. This sentiment is best stated in this Bible passage: "Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another." — Romans 12:10.

James A. Farmer

Ashland