Road controversy ridiculous

As a long-time resident of Dead Indian Memorial Road and also an American Indian (Assiniboine), I find the controversy over the name of my road ridiculous, as do the other five Indian members of my household.

The name is historical and honors otherwise unknown and forgotten deceased Indians. Anyone who takes the time to read the historical marker at the start of the road would know that. Instead, passers-by or new residents to the area take offense and try to erase history in their supposed outrage.

Why do the opinions of vandals who have defaced public property several times seem to matter more than residents of the road, some of whom have lived on their properties for generations? To change the name of the road is to forget those unnamed native people who were unfortunately found dead so long ago. Instead of spending so much time and energy protesting the name of a road, perhaps these offended people and vandals could actually do something positive and helpful like donating to impoverished reservations or volunteering at the local food bank.

Jackie Hassell

Ashland

Praying needed

Our wonderful America is in a world of hurt; we see all the things that are happening and we wonder if we will make it out of all these issues.

Some of these include the massive national debt, the drug dilemma, our young people killing each other over drug territory, sex trafficking, hatred between the Republicans and the Democrats, fake news issues and now the horror in the Houston, Texas area. Added to this are the large fires that are not controlled and the loss of homes, farms and ranches.

Our heart goes out to the man and his family at the coast who had just retired and built a new $700,000 home. They lost everything in the fire, as did hundreds of others.

Those are just a few of the problems our country is dealing with. Just how much of this can the average person take? Seeing our beloved nation hurting like this takes a lot out of our people. Looks like we need to do a lot of praying.

Gordon DeVos

Medford

Completely baffled

I am sitting on my front porch here in Ashland, and I cannot see Grizzly Peak. Houston and other parts of the Gulf Coast are underwater.

It's old news, but earthquakes and the pollution of our aquifer continue as a result of fracking. Sinkholes, failing infrastructure, animal migration, agriculture and fresh water (to name just a few) are being adversely affected by the extreme weather patterns that we are experiencing in the 21st century. Meanwhile, we are really busy protecting our borders and demonizing anyone who is not white, heterosexual, wealthy or male.

Seriously, what difference does it make what color we are, or where we came from, or what we do in the privacy of our own bedroom? What does make a difference is what kind of world we are leaving to our children and grandchildren. Whether or not Planned Parenthood receives federal funding becomes moot if none of us can breathe.

It is awe inspiring the extent to which we have buried our collective heads in the sand. I am completely baffled!

Michael Shanafelt

Ashland