'Velocity' is best choice

Attention Art Commission and City Council:

Napa artist, Gordon Huether, presented two public art sculpture models for the walkway/staircase between Starbucks and Earthy Goods.

The site-specific best choice is the bouncing ball titled "Velocity." It spans the entire walkway length. It is simple, definitely sophisticated, charming, humorous, immediately understood and historically mindful of the larger-than-life worldwide public works of renowned Claes Oldenburg. It has a wow factor.

On the other hand, the three Shakespearean-themed statues made from "found" materials are visually unknown, and, most likely to be repeatedly vandalized as have our "Iron Mike" on the Plaza, and the now buried "Lincoln" statues.

Marilyn Briggs


There is no choice

At Senator Wyden's town hall this winter, students urged opposition to the Pacific Connector Pipeline / Jordan Cove Export Project. Senator Wyden argued for giving the proposal a fair hearing.

What the high school students understand better than the adults is that choosing between jobs and the environment is no choice. What’s the point of having a job if the environment is so degraded it compromises human life?

While we don’t yet know all the details, we know that the pipeline will cross sand dunes surrounding Coos Bay, an unstable building surface increasing the likelihood of leakage; the facility itself will be within the Cascadia subduction zone and tsunami inundation zone; the gas will be sold to foreign markets; project construction and management would cause the destruction of habitats and increased emissions. This project will push us closer to the global warming tipping point.

The Canadian Pembina Pipeline Corporation will submit its project proposal this August. With the likely Trump appointment of pro LNG commissioners, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will be on schedule for approval in late 2018.

Now is the time to stop the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline and Jordan Cove LNG Project.

Sidney T. Brown


Urban deer solution

For those of us that have lived here long enough, urban deer and Mayor Stromberg are relatively recent phenomena. Before the mayor moved here, there were no urban deer. Zero.

Why? Ashland still sat next to the forest, just like it does today. If the mayor ever goes out into the woods, he will be quite surprised to find out that deer will run away from him. That is natural deer behavior.

Urban deer don't go out into the woods. It's too dangerous out there. They live their whole life-cycle within the city boundaries, in unusually high and extremely unhealthy densities. It's an unnatural situation.

I suggest the mayor visits Butte Falls and Prospect some day. These towns are out in the woods and don't have an urban deer population. Why? Unlike Ashland, they still have hunters that live there.

Pete Toogood