Way beyond profit

If the Council would like any further information about how Recology enters a particular market and then drastically increases prices, I suggest they contact the City of Atherton, Calif. Within the last 18 months, Recology took over serving the residents (there are few businesses, so they had a captive residential audience) of this community and, 1) provided decent or somewhat improved service for a period of time, and then 2) petitioned the town council for a drastic rate increase, significantly more than what is proposed in Ashland, for both trash and recycling.

Why? Because they could! And, because they did! It was way beyond a profit issue there and it is here as well. Is one to suppose that they did no research and then were just astonished to find that their revenues were less than expected because people recycled more than expected? I don't believe a word of it, and the Council shouldn't either.

David Glen

Ashland

Inspired by violinists

On Sunday evening, Dec. 11, I enjoyed attending a local youth violin concert conducted at Temple Emek Shalom here in Ashland. I admit I know next to nothing about violin concerts, yet due to curiosity and a mellow desire to hear quality live instrumental music, I was richly rewarded and blessed as the Siskiyou Violins performed their beautiful music. To say this experience was a godsend is an understatement. This was a benefit concert for musically-minded and talented youth who deserve public commendation and attention. I wish to personally thank Artistic Director Faina Podolnaya of the Siskiyou Violins and over 50 talented boys and girls for their splendid performance.

In fact, did you know the Siskiyou Violins have been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall for their New York International Music Festival in March 2012? Again, I was favorably impressed, touched, and inspired by their musical talent.

To learn about the Siskiyou Violins simply access their web-site at www.siskiyouviolins.org. Or contact them via Siskiyou Violins, P.O. Box 4546, Medford, Oregon 97501. The Siskiyou Violins are worthy of support, donations, and community recognition.

This Bible passage perhaps resonates it best:

"I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee." — Psalm 144: 9

James A. Farmer

Ashland