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Letters to the Editor, March 17

Apology forthcoming?

Now that Hannah has been found (well, nobody actually "found" her): Will anybody from the BringHannahHome group have the decency and integrity to publicly apologize for the harsh and accusatory words some of their spokespersons directed at the Ashland Police Department, sometimes with TV cameras rolling?

They were holding the APD accountable. Will they now hold themselves accountable? Almost everything they said about this case was incorrect.

Since so many young people have been involved and paying close attention to Hannah's disappearance, shouldn't one of the adult leaders of that group stand up publicly and "eat crow"? Wouldn't that set a good example of what we do when we are wrong? To apologize — especially if we have said some pretty nasty things in trying to make our case?

I have a generally favorable opinion of the Ashland police. They responded to tough questions and criticism politely and respectfully. It looks like they handled this case appropriately.

Ron Adams, Ashland

'Fingersmith' has no clothes

The Tidings published still another reverential review of one of OSF's opening season plays. The play is titled "Fingersmith" and directed by OSF Artistic Director Bill Rauch. The review by Roberta Kent appeared March 5.

In the play, a lesbian love affair is portrayed with fine skill; I am grateful. At last. But the rest of the play was such a hodgepodge of old Gothic romance plots that every tradition in that genre of English literature was played out. Or was this a comedy on such overused themes?

To make it innovative and new it was told in three parts, one backwards, forwards, and sideways. To make it sensational, there was all manner of sexual funny business, pedophilia, rape and more. But what was difficult to take was the use of several expletives.

In struggling to break boundaries in theater, Rauch keeps the sexual themes going, yet he doesn't know the difference between good and graphic theater. Thus the audience are forced voyeurs, and this being Ashland, every unnecessary-to-plot excess is greeted with laughter and a standing ovation.

Methinks the play has no clothes on and it is playing with itself and for all unwitting children and student-filled audiences, the message is anything goes because adults think this is clever. Beautifully acted and done, this play is more product than plot. For shame, OSF.

Leah Ev Ireland, Ashland

Destruction for profit

Residents of Southern Oregon are sitting on opposing sides of the fence. The proposed natural gas pipeline that would stretch 232 miles from Malin to the port of Coos Bay is drawing unwanted attention to Williams Pacific Connector Gas Operator LLC. This attention is what is needed to stop the project dead in the water.

There are many implications that this project holds. From an environmental standpoint, the project is full of headaches. Diverting over 400 waterways and a 100-foot erosion for the 232 miles has long-lasting implications that will affect future generations.

On Jan. 17, a pipeline ruptured in Montana, allowing crude oil to flow into the Yellowstone River. We, as a society, need to realize that producing outside of our capacity is only perpetuating the next man-made disaster. Hazardous materials, chemicals and depreciating equipment are concerns, no matter what side of the issue you stand on. The pipeline should not be built in Oregon, nor should it be built anywhere.

From a sociological standpoint, the eminent domain of private property will take away land from individuals and place it into the hands of the LLC. The gas that will be produced will fiscally benefit the Asian and Canadian markets, while 90 percent of the actual production of gas will go to California. All in all, Southern Oregonians will benefit the least, and are left without a say.

Miranda Stiles, Ashland