Preserve nudity rights at expense of our kids? Meals tax costs less than sewer rate raises; Support HELP bill health care provisions

Preserve nudity rights at expense of our kids?

I am genuinely puzzled as to why anyone would be opposed to creating a 1,000-yard buffer around schools in which a person could not be nude in public.

A 200-yard buffer is better than nothing, but most children have to walk more than 200 yards from their home to school. Because many parents leave early for work, they have no choice but to let their children walk to school alone.

Regardless of how one may feel about public nudity, the fact is that most children are not prepared to see a nude adult on the street. If my child were walking to school and a nude person were walking toward them, I would hope they would realize that something was wrong and take steps to avoid that person. Children need to be made wary of potential child molesters. A nude person walking toward them is a more likely than average candidate. And if a child is upset by seeing a nude person, they get to be asked by a police officer if the person was touching himself, and if he seemed to be enjoying it.

Is it really that important that the right to be nude within 1,000 yards of a school be preserved, at the expense of our children? Seriously? If we don't get our priorities straight, exhibitionists from all over the country will be flocking to Ashland.

Linda Stickle


Meals tax costs less than sewer rate raises

The economics of the 5 percent meals tax is nailed by the editorial in Sunday's Mail Tribune.

The choice is between it and a 60 percent increase on sewer bills. The increase in sewer rates would raise rates about $12 a month for a family of four. A family of four would have to spend $240 a month in Ashland restaurants or delis before it would cost as much as the sewer rate increase.

In other words, the meals tax would cost Ashland residents a fraction of what the sewer rate increase would cost. How can that be? The reason is that visitors pay a large percentage of the meals tax.

Harry L. Cook


Support HELP bill health care provisions

The Senate Finance Committee has passed its version of health care reform. It seems certain that the president will sign a comprehensive health care bill by the end of the year. This is a huge step for our country.

Sen. Ron Wyden is right to focus on the issue of affordability. How will health care legislation affect middle-class families like mine? We are small business owners who are feeling the crunch of the current economy.

It is important, as the Senate merges its bills, that the affordability provisions in the Kennedy HELP bill prevail. This bill will save a family of three earning $58,000 a year more than $2,600 a year. That is more than $200 per month, which could mean keeping the heat on all winter or auto maintenance so we can continue to work.

Sen. Wyden's focus on affordability and his support for a public option are critical in Medford, where Regence has over 60 percent of the market and has raised premiums 42 percent in the individual market in the past two years.

The Kennedy HELP bill provisions will make our health care more affordable. They deserve our senator's support.

Nancie Koerber

Central Point