Nominate the Salvation Army

Like millions of others, I have supported the Salvation Army for years, especially Hope House, their homeless shelter. They are currently feeding and housing thousands of victims of Hurricane Sandy and hundreds of thousands of refugees from the civil war in Syria. I wondered if they had ever been awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. Sadly, the answer is no.

The Red Cross has been honored three times: 1917, 1944 and 1963. I think our mayor and City Council should contact the Norwegian Nobel Institute, Drammensveien 19, N-0255, Oslo, Norway, and nominate the Salvation Army for the Peace Prize. This would be on behalf of Medford, but hopefully other Oregon cities would follow our lead.

I want to stress two points. First, I am not a member of their faith. I am an Episcopalian. Second, I have not discussed this project with the Salvation Army. It is my idea only, but I believe the good work the Salvation Army has done for many, many years in hundreds of countries around the world should be recognized and rewarded. — Jeff Cheek, Medford

Thanks for Sun editorial

Thank you for the excellent Dec. 17 Baltimore Sun editorial, "Right to earn less."

A century ago, Henry Ford realized (duh!) that if he didn't pay his workers a decent wage, they wouldn't be able to afford his cars.

With 70 percent of the U.S. economy dependent on consumerism, it's beyond me why businesses, aided and abetted by Republican politicians, continue to disembowel themselves and the country by impoverishing most of the population. Our economy was strongest when unions, and thus wages and benefits, were strongest.

How sad that Michigan, of all places, should fall prey to the callous, short-sighted destruction of unions. — Julia Sommer, Ashland

Replace the rink roof

Have you been by the skating rink on your trips to downtown Ashland? What jewel! Its a place of joy and happiness expanding our Festival of Light through all generations.

The 2012/13 season goes from Nov. 16 through Feb. 28. However, the rink must shut down when it rains and on sunny days of 50 or more degrees. When this happens many people, children through adults, are left disappointed. In addition the parks department loses income and the staff is laid off without pay.

What would it take to replace the former cover over the rink, lost to a falling tree after a big snow, and make full use of the short season? Perhaps a new design or something retractable, seasonal or permanent? If you too think it would be a good thing to extend the days and evenings the rink could be open, please ask the Ashland City Council and the Parks and Recreation Commission to begin researching design and funding. — Joanie Nissenberg, Ashland

Chapman was dedicated

David Chapman should be remembered for his thoroughness, his desire to accomplish things, his intelligence, his usual amiable personality, and his overall dedication to his Ashland City Council position, not for occasionally losing patience when fellow councilors or people on city commissions bogged things down with endless petty discussion precluding timely decisions or the completion of other agenda items.

David Chapman served on the Ashland City Council for more than six years, and his contributions will be missed. I believe he would be valuable on any board, commission, or council that desires or craves effectiveness and timeliness, (even one that compensates more than his council pay of $1 per day). — Brent Thompson, Ashland

Thanks for assistance

On Friday my wife's car broke down on Barnett and Murphy roads. Two guys got out and pushed her out of the intersection I just wanted to say thank you very much for helping her and also the tow truck driver from Dick's for bringing her home. — Tharyn Sims, Medford

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