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  • Mt. Ashland's "financially beleaguered ski area" has suffered lately from poor maintenance and poor decision making. Pushing for a major expansion just as the overwhelming scientific consensus predicts dwindling snowfall, the Mt. Ashland Association is refusing to face reality. Now the association will go hat in hand to local donors, asking them to fund its reckless scheme.
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  • Mt. Ashland's "financially beleaguered ski area" has suffered lately from poor maintenance and poor decision making. Pushing for a major expansion just as the overwhelming scientific consensus predicts dwindling snowfall, the Mt. Ashland Association is refusing to face reality. Now the association will go hat in hand to local donors, asking them to fund its reckless scheme.
    A smarter choice would to be to upgrade existing facilities to serve advanced skiers, not to gamble with the expense and danger of cutting new runs into the Ashland Creek watershed. The gamble is not only with the association's financial viability and our water supply; it's flirting with the potential for catastrophic landslides.
    Evaluating threats to I-5, the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries in 2011 mapped the expansion area with LiDAR, the new high tech aerial laser technique that sees through vegetation to spot hidden landslide risks. LiDAR showed debris flows from previous slides, with unstable, erosion prone soils from the bowl down through the middle branch of Ashland Creek. The March 2014 landslide and flood in Oso, Washington, is a warning to us.
    Last winter's disastrous season is only one indicator of trouble ahead for Mt. Ashland. — Frances Dunham, Ashland
    I read Dan Jones' biking article and enjoyed it. However, he did omit one very popular bicycle ride: The Evans Creek Loop, which begins and ends in Rogue River.
    A day seldom passes when cyclists are not seen on either East or West Evans Creek Road heading from or to Rogue River. It offers two very good climbs, and as a reward, two great downhills. Drivers are accustomed to the bicyclists and the norm is to slow down and give the cyclists plenty of room. Also, the options of distance, route and challenge are many. — Donald Lockridge, Rogue River
    I'm writng in reply to the letter from Maureen Stewart in Medford. I agree that every effort that we make here in the United States, whether we agree there's global warming or not, is canceled out 20 times over by the polluting that is done by China, Russia and other countries that are not following any kind of environmental rules.
    So as big brother gets set to to tax us to death fighting the scourge of climate change or whatever it's being called this week, won't you feel all warm and fuzzy about paying more for just about everything? While the economies of countries on the other side of the globe thrive, and ours continues to tank, remember that we're taking one for the team! — Rick Nelson, Medford
    The Mail Tribune is currently taking a vote for the "most inspiring graduate," based on the challenges they overcome on their way to high school graduation.
    I find this outrageous. I have been reading the stories, and each and every one of these students is inspiring in his or her own way! To choose one to receive a gift card to the mall, based on the popular vote of readers is not ... well, not nice. It trivializes their struggles and accomplishments, making it a popularity contest. The student with the most friends, the one with the most online acquaintances (who will go online and vote for them) will win! How do you suppose the "losers" will feel? What if one student receives no votes?
    This was a very thoughtless "contest." — Lisa Nelson, Medford
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