City Council vote was just common sense

I'm not sure why the Tidings gives so much editorial space to Aaron Corbet and his absurdist, free-association diatribes, but this time I'd like to offer a mind-numbingly simple alternate reality to Mr. Corbet's Nazi-infused interpretation of recent Ashland City Council races.

While I too find political action committees such as the League of Ashland Voters a bit icky, I don't think they created the subversive, evil mind control that Mr. Corbet conjures. The election results in the Navickas-Morris race instead, I believe, reflected the thoughtful, considered decision of Ashland constituents. Nothing more, nothing less.

Eric Navickas is a very capable, intelligent, passionate guy who cares deeply about this city and often does his homework. Yet, too many times I just disagreed with his lone votes on the City Council, and I think many Ashlanders felt the same way. Perhaps most out of step were the roadblocks he created for the AFR fire suppression efforts in the Ashland watershed ... a plan almost universally supported by environmental, government, scientific and civic groups alike, and one that is accomplishing the win-win of creating jobs and helping our forest get healthy after 100 years of fire suppression.

I don't know Mike Morris at all, but he also appears to be capable, intelligent and passionate about Ashland. I think Nietzsche would object to Mr. Corbet's use of "ubermensch," but surely it is unfair to condemn Mike Morris for all the future votes he has not yet cast.

John Williams

Ashland

ACCESS says thanks for Boy Scout food drive

On behalf of ACCESS Inc. and the 22 ACCESS Food Share Pantries, I want to give a big thank you to our Boy Scouts of America: Crater Lake Council for its role in feeding the hungry. The Scouts just wrapped up the annual Scouting for Food Drive Nov. 20 and raised an amazing 15,200 pounds of food to feed the hungry locally. We also want to thank the community members who responded by donating food for the drive.

This year, 28 Boy Scout packs and troops, along with Scout leaders and parents, participated in the food drive by dropping off bags throughout the county, then picking up filled bags and delivering them to local food pantries and food banks. It's impressive to see these responsible youths volunteering within the community to help out those who are less fortunate. Their generosity and hard work are having a real impact — both today and for our future.

ACCESS feeds 3,200 Jackson County families every month and the demand continues to rise as our economy forces more people to seek food assistance. Because of 300-plus food drives such as Scouting for Food, we are working to feed everyone who is hungry.

Logan Bell, development director

ACCESS Inc.