LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Support ski improvements

Is it unreasonable to make statements about the Mt. Ashland Ski Area's operations that have no basis in fact?

Is it unreasonable to create additional parking spaces for the safety and enjoyment of those who ski or ride at Mt. Ashland or use it as a starting point for a back country experience?

Is it unreasonable to suggest it will stop snowing at the top of the Siskiyous?

Is it unreasonable to recontour a beginner ski run to allow more individuals to have a better learning experience?

Is it unreasonable to make claims suggesting the improvements at Mt. Ashland (done this summer and planned for the near future) will do anything but reduce the amount of debris flowing into Reeder Reservoir?

Is it unreasonable to assert dubious claims about the shuttle service Mt. Ashland operated at a loss for years in an attempt to increase ridership?

No suspense; the answers are obvious. It is unreasonable to fail to recognize Mt. Ashland for the intelligent and environmentally conscious operation it is. Mt. Ashland has been recognized on numerous occasions for its environmental stewardship.

Please support Mt. Ashland's planned improvements, this year increased parking, so we all may more safely continue to enjoy a wonderful alpine experience here in our backyard. — Chris Cook, Ashland


Supply and demand

In a previous letter July 2, titled "Food stamps buy votes," I wrote about the USDA not having enough money to support a wine export program. Here is an example of why the USDA cannot support an export program which would help American growers.

Lemme see if I have this right: The Department of Agriculture loans some of the richest families in America $400 million to grow sugar, distorting the market. Those rich families plant too much sugar and — surprise! — The price goes down.

You know, supply and demand. I guess the guys at the USDA have never heard of that, so now they use $43 million more to "support" the price of sugar (read more expensive for you and me), but because of the oversupply the price doesn't go up, it still goes down.

Now the USDA is afraid the growers will default on their loans, sort of a Solyndra in agriculture. Recently, exports have fallen in the U.S. because the government is too busy rewarding its friends to promote exports that would provide jobs and help the economy.

You can't make this stuff up. — Lee Topham, Talent


Snake oil

The American people have been buying snake oil lotion from the world's greatest salesman. He will use every means possible to make a sale.

Six years and counting, he has slowly but surely kept selling less potion. As his sales decline, he has added some color to enhance his sales.

The American people are beginning to stop buying his product, so he has added a few salesmen to his staff. This doesn't seem to be working well with the buying public. They may be, I hope, wising up to the fact that his potion is nothing more than a mixture of BS and hot air.

With sales receding with the people, he cannot accept the fact that the American people have purchased all they will buy. Just go and play a few more rounds of golf. Maybe you will come up with some new ideas.

May God bless this wonderful country and free all people from this individual's potion. — John L. Ogle, Grants Pass


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