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Letters to the editor, June 29

Kudos to Ashland Institute of Massage graduates, faculty

In this beautiful valley, Ashland is an incredible place on our own planet for many reasons.

On Saturday, June 20, I was privileged to be invited to the Ashland Institute of Massage's graduation and recognition ceremony, where words of Marianne Williamson were sung to a beat: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us."

These 40 or so graduates completed a rigorous program to receive a Certificate in Massage Therapy and were also provided an opportunity to let their own unique light shine with awareness, integrity and mastery, creating a community of therapeutic massage and touch therapists to bring their heart-centered professional skills into our world.

Kudos to Genna Southworth, David Fredrickson and all the A.I.M. family for offering students such a deeply meaningful career path.

Elise Lockhart

Talent

Sickened by Tidings' coverage of Auchincloss

Once again Jamie Auchincloss' face appears on the front page of the Tidings.

I almost cancelled my subscription to your paper, I'm so sickened by what you have done to this poor man.

It's nobody's business what goes on behind the pretty doors of homes in our town unless somebody is getting hurt. I deserve my privacy and so does he.

The police keep telling us that they didn't pursue the investigation of allegations against him because they didn't consider him a threat to public safety. Isn't that enough? Repeat: he's not a threat to anybody.

This town has lost a generous supporter of the arts and a good friend. Please leave him alone.

P.S. I didn't cancel my subscription because I need and like the Daily Tidings.

Priscilla High

Ashland

Astonished at paper's destruction of a citizen's good reputation

I am astonished at the willingness of a community newspaper to destroy a citizen's good reputation on the basis of unproved — in fact, uncharged, allegations.

You have now printed three somewhat redundant articles about the "non-charges" against James Auchincloss, and I wonder if it's the name recognition of the accused or the titillation value of the accusations that inspires all of this interest on the part of your paper.

I also wonder whether Mr. Auchincloss' vindication would warrant the same enthusiastic reporting.

Phyllis Douglas

Talent

Learn how to avoid contaminated meat

Much of the valley is mourning the passing of Dave Marston, including myself. Others have spoken well on the gifts he brought to those who knew or sang with him. He is leaving a big hole in this community.

I want to speak about his illness. About four years ago, a friend of mine, a German naturopathic doctor, died of the same illness. Many in Europe have succumbed to the disease, which is why European countries have established strict regulations for meat production. Not so here folks. The disease is present and it is transmitted through the beef industry by sloppy and dangerous food products being fed to the animals. We get it by eating contaminated meat. Please take this opportunity to educate yourselves about this terrible and unnecessary plague. A good source is www.organicconsumers.org/madcow.cfm.

A neurologist has recently pointed out that we are further in danger of spreading the disease through farmed fish because the farmed fish are being fed slaughterhouse waste products. It's not natural for fish to eat cows.

The infective agent for BSE (bovine-spongiform-encephalopathy), otherwise know as mad cow disease, which is closely related to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (and is believed to cause a variant of it) is not destroyed by heat or re-feeding. It may be passed on through the gut of the fish.

Please take care folks and stop thinking that our government is taking care of us. The USDA takes care of the big food producers first. Why else would they forbid a small meat producer from testing all their beef for mad cow? It's because the big producers don't want to bother to pay the $5 per test.

Please check out www.organicconsumers.org/madcow.cfm and learn how to eat safely.

Diane Taudvin

Ashland