Save the school yards

My husband and I moved to Ashland in the early eighties to work and raise our children. We were drawn by the excellent quality of public schools, beautiful natural open spaces and the local culture and community.

Entering our leisure years, we are enjoying these qualities from a new perspective as grandparents, and neighborhood parks and playgrounds have gained a higher status. Briscoe School, which our daughters attended, is now our favorite destination both for child play and parent social interaction when the kids and grandkids are in town. We often enjoy the company of neighbors and other visitors also benefiting from some healthy outdoor activity.

Although our children currently live in cities, Ashland is still in contention for their possible home. And assuming this might be the case for other telecommuting professionals, we should maintain these beloved amenities in order to attract more families with young children to come live in our community.

Please give top priority to saving Ashland’s school yards.

Linda Chesney


Don't forget the function

The Senior Program was created in the mid-1970s to assist Ashland senior citizens find help with needs they could not deal with alone.

Many seniors have relatives and friends who provide this type of help, but we discovered that too many do not. As we age, many of us lose these friends and relatives because they move away, die, or have health or other problems. For the first 10 years or so, providing this type of help was the sole function of the Ashland Senior Program. Then, gradually, it became possible to add recreational, educational and health-related activities to the program's functions.

Today the Parks & Recreation Commission appears to be seriously considering eliminating or reducing the assistance function of the Senior Program by moving the management of the program to a different and much less convenient location and laying off the staff members who have experience in providing this type of help to needy Ashland seniors. These seniors live in our city and need qualified people with knowledge and experience to provide that help. Please, let us not forget this original and still very real function of our Senior Program.

Don Laws, city councilor, 1975-2004