LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Personhood for my dog

As many of you know, the U.S. Supreme Court's infamous Citizens United decision bestowed personhood on corporations. It is apparent to me and to millions of my fellow citizens that large corporations and major banks own this country. I could go on but I thought there might be an opportunity here.

I have a dog, Abe, and I think he and many other living creatures should be granted personhood. Let me explain.

Abe was born naturally, and he will die. His life is finite. Secondly, he has emotions and is capable of giving and receiving love. He is not at all greedy, as he wants just enough for his own personal needs. He pays taxes in the form of a dog tag (many huge corporations pay zero). If he doesn't behave, he is subject to punishment. Honest Abe has never told a lie; he receives no subsidy from the government.

Here is my point. Large corporations have none of these attributes. None.

So, I thought personhood was possible for Abe and his friends. But unfortunately, Abe doesn't have billions of dollars to buy a piece of Washington, so we have to get used to the Corporate States of America. Sad. — David Asche, Medford


Not the voice of reason

The MT Editorial Board has appointed itself as the voice of reason over the ski area expansion. However, reading the Upper Cottonwood Creek watershed analysis educates a reader to the low water quality, low aquatic integrity and general "at-risk" condition of the Klamath tributary that the ski area parking lot overlooks. Of course, reading, learning and speaking intelligently about issues is more difficult than shilling for Mount Ashland Association when they come crying. — Derek Volkart, Talent


Libraries had levy

When I moved to the Rogue Valley 25-plus years ago our libraries had a dedicated levy, which somehow ended up in the general fund. I would gladly support the funding if somehow it can be guaranteed for libraries. However, I'm sure when the next funding crunch comes it will disappear into the county general fund as before. — V. Handel, Medford


Aquatic cut irresponsible

To those of you who did not receive a certified, return-receipt-requested letter June 31 from Ashland Community Hospital, let me enlighten you. Effective July 31, the aquatic and outpatient physical therapy service at the YMCA will be closed due to the economics of health care today. This irresponsible action taken after 11 years of success is intolerable to past and current patients.

ACH offers to help to transition to four other establishments in Medford. How charitable (sarcasm intended).

Many patients have been, and are, immeasurably better after water therapy and gym workouts. Is this to end on the whim and abrupt ending by the management? It will be a blot on the history of Ashland Community Hospital if this program of merit is wiped out.

If you do not agree with this closure, write to ACH, 280 Maple St., Ashland, OR 97520 and direct your remarks to Marvin Haas, interim CEO. — Carolyn Wilhite, Ashland


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