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Letters to the Editor November 11

The warming ticket

The hot soup served Friday at the Plaza was a great idea for the First Friday art walk. Tom Beam of Pasta Piatti donated all the soup and bread as a fundraiser to complete the Peace Wall installed in front of the library.

Soup will again be served at next month's First Friday walk. It's just the warming ticket to enhance the Friday walk.

Wendy Eppinger


A clash of ideologies

The debate about whether to remove Gold Ray dam represents a classic clash of ideologies. Humans tend to either view themselves as a part of nature or apart from nature. The latter do not recognize the interconnectedness of everything that makes our amazing world what it is. The idea that the natural world is nothing but a collection of resources for humans to do with as they see fit is a sad reality that is rooted in ignorance and a very dangerous disconnect.

This issue is being treated as if it were only a local concern. The Rogue River is more than 200 miles long and drains several thousand square miles of land, and the water that flows into the Pacific Ocean travels to far off places. The river is a great example of how a much larger area is affected when one particular point within nature is disturbed. From the river's perspective there is no such thing as a localized issue. I hope that we as a species are learning from our mistakes, but I am not sure that we are. To not remove Gold Ray dam is almost as big as a mistake as building it was.

Eric Peterson

Central Point

Had enough yet?

  • East Palo Alto slaying over parking dispute
  • Two men shot dead, third wounded in Oakland
  • Girl, 2 accidentally shot to death by brother
  • Man shot dead in Milpitas mall
  • Man shot dead near Cloverdale
  • Los Angeles woman shoots sons, killing 1
  • Driver slain in Richmond
  • Teen shot to death on Antioch street
  • Milpitas shooting victim was from Richmond
  • Man shot and killed in downtown Oakland
  • Oakland man, 66, found shot to death in car
  • Stepdad may face charges in accidental shooting of 4 year old
  • 3 killed, at least 5 hurt in South Carolina shooting
  • Washington Lt. Governor's son wounded in workplace shooting
  • Suspect in Colorado bar shooting held without bail
  • Man shot dead while sitting in car with girlfriend

Have you had enough yet?

Support gun control!

Tom Dimitre


Thanks for the support

We send heartfelt thanks to all the people of our community who stopped by the Ashland Peace Wall "Souper" Bowl canopy during the First Friday art walk. Many enjoyed hot tasty potato leek soup sponsored by Pasta Piatti, but others extended their generosity with just a donation. The first person to step up, a young man by the name of Jacob, in fact did just that, declining the soup. We appreciate each and every one of you as well as the outstanding collaboration with Tom Beam, owner of Pasta Piatti.

We are excited that Pasta Piatti will offer another Souper Bowl evening to benefit the Ashland Peace Wall during December's First Friday art walk. If you missed us in November, come join us on the downtown Ashland plaza on Dec. 4 between 5 and 8 p.m.

Tia Hatch

for the Ashland Peace Wall Fundraising Group