Keeping a safe distance

At the moment, of course, there is not a federal ban on assault weapons. However, should Congress pass such legislation, and should the Supreme Court uphold it, this would become the law of the land.

Is Sheriff Winters really saying that at that point he would prevent the law from being enacted? Will he set up barricades at the border? Prevent planes from landing? Hold off federal marshals at gunpoint? Secede from the United States all by himself?

It would be nice to know ahead of time. Just so we can keep a safe distance, you know. — Robert Keim, Talent

Thanks for service

Monday night was the first Ashland Parks Commission meeting without JoAnne Eggers and Rich Rosenthal at the table since Rosenthal was elected to the commission in 2002. Eggers had served since 1996.

Rosenthal has moved to the Ashland City Council and Eggers, I am confident, will continue her public service as a private citizen. What was striking about both these individuals was their determination to do what they thought best for the citizens of Ashland and to do it in a remarkably respectful and thoughtful manner.

As a fellow commissioner, I had the pleasure of observing the high level of civil discourse their example led to, watching democracy in action as I think most citizens envision it should be. The result was intelligent, balanced policies and decisions.

I did not always agree with them, but I always found it imperative to listen to their reasoning, incorporating their message, if possible, into my own. I want to acknowledge both these fine public servants for their work in helping preserve the high quality of Ashland's Parks and recreation programs while maintaining excellence in public civility. — Rick Landt, Ashland parks commissioner

Dogs pose a danger

Late Sunday afternoon, as I left the Ashland Food Co-op where I'd picked up a few items for dinner, a dog tied up next to the "dog area" provided by the co-op lunged to the end of its rope and bit me on the hand, drawing blood. Stunned, I went back into the co-op to report the incident and then called the police, who came quickly and attempted to locate the dog's owner.

The dog was threatening and growling and when the owners finally appeared, they were cited for leaving their dog unattended. The dog was later placed under quarantine for the required 10 days since the rabies license had expired.

The experience has left me frustrated and bewildered at the co-op manager's response to me Tuesday in a phone conversation, which was that nothing had been said or done since the dog attack to bring it to anyone's attention. What happened to me should be taken as a warning of what could happen again to anyone if dogs continue to be left unattended at the co-op. Clearly they pose a potential danger to the adults and children who go there, but will this single dog bite change anything? — Lisa Oswald, Ashland

Fake cameras work, too

Regarding Richard Golphenee's Jan. 15 letter, "Resume red light cameras," the cameras don't actually need to be working to be effective. Having a sign that reads "traffic camera ahead" is probably just as effective as actually having cameras that work. Drivers only need to think the cameras are turned on and they'll slow down. Something to consider. — Darlene Ensor, Jacksonville

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