Please return missing flag

On the Fourth of July my husband and I were proud to help Ashland Kiwanis put out American flags along the streets of Ashland in celebration of our country’s independence and freedom. Kiwanis flags, however, are not free. Merchants and townspeople make an annual $60 tax-deductible contribution to Kiwanis’ Flag Program that helps children in our community.

One of those special flags was taken from in front of the Siskiyou Eye Institute. We are hoping that the flag will be returned — no questions asked. Please contact Russ Chadick (541- 482-0431) for the flag’s return. Kiwanis members, our children, your fellow citizens and this grandma will be happy to have the Kiwanis flag back. Thank you.

Lynn Ransford

Ashland

Affordable housing idea

A couple of months ago City Councilor Traci Darrow wrote a column suggesting an incremental piece for dealing with housing scarcity by supporting legalizing overnight stays in vehicles in church parking lots..

Another incremental contribution for providing housing might be modifying the Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance to allow two smaller units where one is now permitted. Currently our ADU Ordinance allows the accessory dwelling to be half the size of a main dwelling up to 1,000 square feet, with 1½ parking spaces if the ADU is more than 500 square feet and one parking space if the ADU is less than 500 square feet.

This ordinance could be modified to allow the option of two ADUs if they are back to back, or contiguous; if each is no more than 360 square feet (or other determined size); and if one off-street parking space is provided for each unit.

The logic is that a 360-square-foot apartment wouldn’t rent for as much as a larger unit. This would mostly provide possible affordability for younger people or older “minimalists.”

As an incentive for property owners to utilize this option of the ADU Ordinance, the City Council could waive part or all of the fees for some to-be-determined number of applicants.

When the ADU Ordinance was adopted 26 years ago, it made many parcels into "duplex lots." That was beneficial for the city because it was a benign way to offer housing without sprawl. Since affordability is a goal, perhaps the maximum size for ADU's should be reduced from 1,000 square feet as well as permitting two smaller units.

Brent Thompson

Ashland

Choose Long

The current opening on the Ashland School Board provides an excellent opportunity to expand the diversity of that important body. Service on the board requires strong commitment.

How fortunate that Kamilah Long is willing to put her name forward for appointment to Position 2 on the ASB. Kamilah has an impressive background with experience in education, business and the arts. She is also a parent.

I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with Kamilah, and she has much to offer any community. As a black woman she has a perspective that is currently lacking on our School Board. Her life experience can help to illuminate the current realities of what it’s like to be a minority student in a sometimes hostile environment. If I were such a student, I would be encouraged to see Kamilah on the board.

And as a supporter of all the students, teachers, and administrative staff, I believe Kamilah has the interests of the whole district at heart as she seeks this office. I hope she will be asked to serve.

Shirley Patton

Ashland

'Judgment' thought-provoking

Last weekend I saw "Judgment at Nuremberg," co-produced by Ashland Contemporary Theatre and Livia Genise Productions. The first thing I noticed was a quote on a screen next to the stage. "Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it." — Adolf Hitler.

The script is based on trial transcripts from U. S. Military Tribunals from 1948. Fifteen fine actors told the story of the trial of several members of the Nazi elite who were accused of crimes against humanity during World War II. What was so evident and striking to me were the similarities between what is happening now in this country, and what happened 60 years ago in Germany. Every one of the defendants absolutely believed what he had done was for "the good of the country."

I began to wonder how much we have learned from the past. Apparently not much. We continue to help history repeat itself.

I recommend this play because it's a story that needs to be told, perhaps for no other reason than to remind us of what happens when things go terribly wrong, especially those that are considered to be done for "the good of the country." As one character says, "I wish the day would come when there are no more lies." Sixty years later, we're all still waiting.

Donna Boehm

Talent

Thanks to Tidings

As we complete another year of volunteer service to the community, Soroptimist International of Ashland (SIA) would like to thank the Ashland Daily Tidings for consistently supporting our organization and other excellent nonprofit local service clubs. These include the Elks Lodge, Lions Club, Kiwanis, Rotary Club of Ashland, Rotary Club of Lithia Springs, American Association of University Women and several others.

We have especially appreciated the quarterly publication of the Soroptimist Report and a front-page article during Sexual Assault Awareness Month about our club program given by top staff from the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force (SATF).

Robbin Pearce, president, Soroptimist International of Ashland

Joy Dobson Way, chairperson, Soroptimist Public Awareness Committee