Kiwanis says thanks

During the five weeks leading up to Christmas 2017, the Kiwanis Club of Ashland raised funds by selling See’s candies near Bi-Mart in Ashland. We made a net profit of nearly $5,500 to help us benefit the many youth programs that we support.

Ashland Kiwanis sends a big thank you to the general public for their generosity in buying candy and in supporting our children’s programs. Kiwanis also thanks the Ashland Lions Club for the use of their trailer during the sale, and Yuan Yuan Restaurant for the use of their parking space for the trailer.

Ron Parker

Kiwanis Club of Ashland

Integrity matters

Neither crooks nor the corrupt care, but integrity is something most of us value.

Without integrity, which can be assessed many ways, one cannot be trusted. For politicians, a good measure is to evaluate whether they do what they promised, whether they serve themselves and special interests or serve their constituents, and whether they accept evidence when it indicates their opinions are based on misinformation.

There can be no doubt, since they have readily admitted it, that the occupants of this White House don’t have, and don’t care about, integrity.  Repeatedly, they tell us they make up their own facts to justify opinions and proposals — and then they call contrary evidence-based information "fake."

Major problems result when we elect representatives who lack integrity and their equally hypocritical colleagues protect them. In Trump’s case, serious political scrutiny is avoided because the congressional GOP doesn’t have integrity enough to reject Trump’s idiotic and unsupportable nonsense or his ignorant, unqualified nominees.  And so, with Trump supporters blindly accepting this nonsense, insanity and corruption continue.

When confronted with individuals lacking integrity, rational debate is impossible since they reject known science or simply make up their own supporting evidence. Middle ground cannot be found.

Fortunately for Ashland, in Rep. Pam Marsh there is a representative with integrity who follows up on what she identifies as her priorities.  In the Senate, not so much, since Sen. Alan DeBoer talks one game on climate, LNG exports and health care but acts or votes a totally different way.

Trisha Vigil

Medford