Questions still unanswered
Last fall, Councilor Dennis Slattery emailed me the following:
“… I have said from the very beginning I have no interest in your (Petitioners for Restoration of Our Plaza) issues with how this was done, the process and your characterization of the work …”
Time after time, the petitioners got the same message from everyone on the council majority, meaning Greg Lemhouse, Pam Marsh, Rich Rosenthal and Mike Morris. No one wanted to discuss the "how" of the creation of the Plaza — they flatly refused to address these issues. Letters to the editor in both the Tidings and Sneak Preview have addressed this issue.
Yet just last week, Councilor Greg Lemhouse stated to the council, the Downtown Beautification Committee and the public:
“… you know every well that all of (the Petitioners') questions have been answered many times and that no information has been kept from (them).
Mr. Lemhouse's new assertion flies in the face of Mr. Slattery's past statements. He should explain the apparent contradiction in his two statements to the public,.
A list of many questions that have gone unaddressed and unanswered are posted on the Petitioners for Restoration of Our Plaza, Change.org website.
When will the council majority begin to address and answer the unanswered questions about the Plaza? They have not done so, to date, despite Mr. Lemhouse’s assertions.
David Sherr, Petitioners for Restoration of Our Plaza, Ashland
Ditch the microphones
I agree with Noah Bopp's letter on Aug. 23. I attended my first play at OSF in 1952 — Julius Caesar, three hours, no intermission, sitting on a park bench on a grassy slope. I fell in love with Shakespeare and the festival. Many summers I came back to see plays.
I moved to Ashland in 1990 partly because of the festival. One of my pleasures was admiring the actors' ability to project their voices in the Elizabethan Theatre. This required real dedication and training.
This year, with the miked sound, anyone can play on the stage. Upstairs it was disconcerting to see a singer in the middle of the audience in Woods with her voice coming from above the stage. Downstairs in the back, the words of the clowns in Two Gents were muffled.
When the bar is high, people will reach it. Ditch the enhanced sound. Teach and expect the actors to project. If voice projection is a basic for OSF, schools will train their students. If the actors can't do it, then they can play in the Bowmer or Thomas. And give us four Shakespeare plays a year. I could say more but my time is up.
Edith Montgomery, Ashland
Why can't they see?
I agree completely with Beth Gould. Why can't those silly Jews realize that if they would just sit back and relax and let the terrorists kill them whenever they wish, all this trouble would stop? (And I hope your readers know satire when they see it.)
Peter Nemzek, Ashland