Take action on eviction bill

I was really disgusted and saddened about the situation of landlords terminating and ousting tenants for no reason here in Ashland. At Alan DeBoer’s town hall meeting last Saturday there were so many tenants expressing their situation with Ashland landlords who have disrupted entire lives by evicting tenants without cause and raising rents.

We are making so hard for younger people to live and work here. We need to keep creative brain power here! And here’s our opportunity to stop lip service and act to prevent our town from becoming more of a place for only rich older people!

I believe Senator Deboer is a caring gentleman and perhaps might be capable of thinking this through and doing the right thing. Because the state of Oregon does not allow local governments to establish rent control we have to act on House Bill 2004 to change this deplorable situation in Ashland. The bill was passed by the House and is now in the state Senate for approval. Please contact Alan Deboer immediately and any other senators who can pass this bill in this session!

House Bill 2004 prohibits a landlord from terminating month-to-month tenancy without cause after the first six months of occupancy except under certain circumstances with 90 days' written notice and payment of an amount equal to one month's rent.

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1703

Capitol Address: 900 Court St. N.E., S-421, Salem, OR 97301

Email: sen.AlanDeBoer@oregonlegislature.gov

Wendy Eppinger

Ashland

Why God won't die

The official ideology of the Soviet Union about 1922 was to eliminate existing religion with the goal of establishing state atheism. Religion was ridiculed in the press, believers were harassed, and atheism was propagated in the schools.

A study in 2008 showed that over 55 percent of Russians, a subset of the Soviet Union, believed in God. Despite years of propaganda, why didn't it take?

There are people in a field called neurotheology who think we are hardwired for religious belief. I personally think that the answer is simpler. A God belief in whatever form handles the human problem of guilt.

The last play I saw at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, "Unison," showed how difficult it is to overcome guilt. The poetry of August Wilson was his atonement.

Most people like to take their guilt to a forgiving God figure to expiate it, and bring freedom and relief. This is a simpler solution than what August Wilson went through. This is the main reason why God won't die.

Bob Scott

Ashland