A credo for Americans

I am proud to be an American citizen in today’s world.

It was easy to say that during the last days of World War I, when we joined the fight in Europe with Wilsonian ideals about making the world safe for democracy. We used the peace to support both our national self-determination and to an extent the idea of international government.

We fought in World War II against worldwide tyranny during years when the enemy’s blatant racism in Europe and their fierce dedication to imperialism were massive evils. Postwar, we helped liquidate some major European colonialism in Africa and Asia.

In the 20th century, America stood squarely against international communist totalitarianism, but not always successfully. We devoted vast sums to foreign aid for decades, and we abstained from acquiring new territory. Today, America continues for the most part to strive to change the world for the better. The family foundations of rich Americans have shouldered special burdens abroad.

Especially, we hope for understanding and meaningful help as our nation struggles to expand democratic government while bringing equity at last to women. We do believe that the population of the United States, as it modifies from centuries of English influence, will continue to remain faithful to the humanity-serving goals of earlier years. We do hope that new generations of Americans will assume the obligations we feel to be their duty.

Above all else, I hope that new Americans, and their leaders everywhere, regardless of their religions and their sense of obligation to places of origin, will come to share our traditional sense of unyielding idealism. We hope the new mixed society that is coming well be influenced by the best of what made us world leaders. Every citizen among us, we hope, will come to share at least some of what our people have felt when we lived and performed at our very best.

Vaughn Davis Bornet


 A waste of resources

This over-zealous recall was poorly thought through and will cost the city approximately $30,000. Recalls should be used in the case of egregious malfeasance, and there seems to be none here.

Petitioners have provided no evidence for claims of budget mismanagement, nor of failure to follow Oregon state meetings law. The APRC has received passing grades from a private auditor for decades. Providing false statements (opinions) to elicit signatures on a recall petition seems unfair.

Members of the APRC have for years volunteered many hours of their life in service to our community. We should place a high value on volunteering to serve our community. The citizens on this commission were also re-elected by Ashland voters who approved of their service all these years.

To oust a group from the commission because of one contested decision is to throw away many thousands of hours of these volunteers' efforts to learn the boilerplate workings of the Parks and Recreation budget, and the essential navigation of city political necessities, all on your behalf. As the APRC has generated thousands of uncontested decisions over the years, perhaps these petitioners should have merely sought a public vote specifically on the APRC decision that caused them consternation.

William Perillat