Right on, editors

Mail Tribune editorials usually hit close to the mark, considering the perspective of the editorial board, but on Thursday, Nov. 1, a particularly poignant observation was offered to MT readers regarding the unfortunate withdrawal of Dignity from consideration as an operator of Ashland Community Hospital.

Right on, editors. It is indeed troubling when vocal members of the Ashland community express their views in a manner that causes a good-faith negotiation, fair to the utmost to the city and the hospital, to founder.

The entire Ashland community has supported and grown their hospital over the years. Those employed by and volunteering in that valuable entity supported the merger with Dignity. It is apparent that restructuring and merging is necessary for the continued operation of the hospital.

Now a vocal few, with both feet firmly planted in the midair of liberalism and personal agenda, have torpedoed carefully nurtured plans to perpetuate Ashland's valuable health facility even before the City Council could evaluate it.

The community will suffer from their actions. — Don Skillman, Talent

ACH editorial was great

Bravo! "Stopping the bleeding" was a great editorial. Too many "opponents" drove Dignity away from what they could see would become years of continual headaches.

Ashland already has way too many "opponents" (e.g. the Mount Ashland fiasco and others). Asante has the bargaining power now. Let's hope ACH can be saved. It is a great little hospital. If only Ashland could find a new planet for the opponents — maybe the one they came from? — Chuck Jaeger, Rogue River

Nightmare at Trader Joe's

We have just come from our first (and possibly our last) visit to the new Trader Joe's. Our euphoria at getting this wonderful store was quickly dashed by our nightmarish attempt to get there.

Entering from Highway 238, we were immediately stopped by gridlock traffic. This was expected since the store was new. We then found the gridlock was not caused by crowds. Ingress and egress is extremely restricted to the entire shopping center. When we finally reached the entrance and drove in, we were nearly struck by cars backing out of parking places just inside the entrance backing onto the main travel lane.

Creeping along the front of the stores, dodging parking vehicles, we soon lost our interest in shopping and just wanted to escape. We had to go back to the same gridlock in order to get out. Why not a "right-turn-only" exit onto Highway 238 like from Target?

This was a weekday — not a weekend or holiday. I cannot imagine it then. I know one thing — we sure won't be there. Whoever designed this did not encourage shopping. When you come to the Trader Joe's, bring a lot of patience and defensive-driving skills. — John and Gayle Hart, Jacksonville

Road diet works

Hurray for the road diet on North Main in Ashland!

Finally, I can bike along North Main without risking life and limb, and, when driving, I can make left-hand turns smoothly, easily, and safely.

Traffic along North Main seems to be running considerably more smoothly than before. Three cheers to the city of Ashland for introducing this long sought-after solution to a dangerous stretch of road.

Bicyclists who've been detouring around North Main for years, check it out!

Now if we could just get the bike lane continued through downtown and make it a bike and pedestrian-friendly place. — Julia Sommer, Ashland

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