Thoughtful writing still effective
The July 30 opinion piece by Mr. Will was a delight to behold for me as an individual that believes the English language can be very effectively used and with thoughtful examples, informative.
With all the negative and many times rude comments in person and in print today, I just couldn't help but be encouraged by well thought out words, sentences and examples. Our language can be pithy without vulgarity, pointed by use of words of more than one syllable and four letters and I hope, intellectually challenging rather than falling to the lowest common denominator.
There is no need to agree with Mr. Will's opinion while reading this piece. I urge people to read the piece for its example of a way to discuss ideas without triggering walls of rude dissent and maybe a lesson in conveying one's opinion with a rich language that seems to be undergoing assault for sake of attention, not communication.
Rollicking fun at the Randall
The Randall Theater in Medford has not only held successful Halloween open houses for a number of years, but they have now, in the new theater in Jacksonville, transferred their creativity to produce a wonderful production of "Young Frankenstein." The play has terrific timing, the actors are fun and witty and the movie has been translated to the play with delight and fun. Go see it. Playing until Aug. 20.
What does Medford want?
What does Medford want to be when it grows up? The City Council changes but the same question remains.
It wants to be the center of non-university learning and pours millions into RCC and a new library. Then it chops library hours in half because it doesn’t have enough money.
Next it wants to be upscale so it wants upscale housing but no one with an upscale income wants to live in Medford; they prefer Ashland or Jacksonville. Then its bleeding heart comes out and it wants to cater to low-income and homeless people but not all the citizens want higher taxes to subsidize these folks who contribute little (if anything) to the community.
Then it wants to be a performing arts center but people go straight to the theater then leave downtown because nothing inviting is open in the evenings. After 8 p.m. the street corners are occupied with clusters of youth with apparently nothing to do and nowhere to be.
Medford says it wants more businesses downtown but then penalizes both owners and customers with outrageous fees and ridiculous parking rules. Medford can’t become “cool” by constantly asking the citizens to support its latest whim.
Festival failed the disabled
I'm really unhappy with the lack of accommodation for those of us with mobility issues at the Country Crossings Music Festival. When I bought my tickets a year ago I had no idea that there would be no shuttles from VIP parking, or that it would be so far from the main gate.
As soon as I got my parking sticker and the map, I knew I couldn't make the three-quarter-mile walk from the VIP parking and called to get handicapped parking (I have a state-issued handicapped placard), but it was sold out, so tough luck. The only option was the pedicabs, but those were a seriously bad joke! They cost $10 each way, and there weren't designated pick-up and drop-off points for them.
The ultimate insult came when I was dropped off far short of the gates and after the show the only pedicab driver to be found flagrantly told us that he had someone else paying $25 an hour, so he was going to take them instead!
Next year, real shuttles to VIP and handicapped parking with designated pick-up and drop-off points need to be provided. As top-paying VIP patrons, we certainly deserved better treatment! Next year I hope Country Crossings thinks about what it’s like having to hike three-quarters of a mile over rocky gravel and dirt in 90-plus degree heat with a walker, wheelchair or on crutches. Would you really consider that VIP treatment?