Demonstrations prompt change

Demonstrations prompt change

Recently, a letter (March 2) disparaged demonstrations exposing serious national issues as "a waste of time" or "spinning their wheels." Remember that it's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease. Demonstrations draw the attention of legislators who, if they legislate out of fairness rather than fear or greed, can actually change policy for the better.

Oregon's Sen. Jeff Merkley has responded to constituents as well as his innate sense of ethics and spoken up for fairness many times. He has decried the NDAA clause that extends the Patriot Act. He has co-sponsored a Senate resolution to amend the Constitution to overturn the Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. FEC. On March 2, Senator Merkley spoke on the Senate floor for nine-and-a-half minutes defending women's health care options.

Demonstrators not only wave signs and pass petitions, which helps; they can also vote in more legislators who stand up for all the people. Joyce Segers is such a new voice. She is running for U.S. House of Representatives, 2nd Congressional District which includes Jackson County. Her candidacy is one more chance to make a change for the better.

Jan Waitt

Ashland

Have the Bowmer's acoustics changed?

Thanks to Ms. Matthews for pointing out in her March 6 letter that the sound for "Romeo and Juliet" was inconsistent. I thought it was the onset of my presbycusis, but now I know that I was not alone.

While "The White Snake" did seem to have better acoustics, I also found the sound for "Animal Crackers" to be inconsistent. Has the new support beam changed the acoustics of the Bowmer?

Nonetheless, I heartily enjoyed all three performances and look forward to the rest of the season.

William C. Donlon

Ashland