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Letters to the Editor, Nov. 20

Share leaf blower concerns

Neighbors: If you've ever had an opinion, question, or concern about the use of leaf blowers in town, now is a great time to share your view.

City staff and council members have received many questions and concerns over the years and have therefore asked the Conservation Committee to study the issue. A subcommittee has been gathering data from published studies including emissions and decibel measurements, for example. They're also researching what other communities have done to minimize the impacts of these machines in our neighborhoods. This committee plans to convene again soon and welcomes your input.

You can send an email to all council members, including the mayor, by going to the Ashland City Council website. Near the top of the page, click on "Mayor and Council" and then click on "to send an email to all council members at once click here ..." How great is that?

I did so and soon heard back from a representative, the city administrator and the city code enforcer. My concern was also forwarded to the appropriate committee convener, who has been very responsive. We're fortunate to have a mayor, council members, and city staff who listen and respond to our input. They've made it easy for our voice to be heard. Let them know what you think!

Hannah Horn


Thank the Growers Market

Tuesday, Nov. 24, our weekly source of good, healthy foods will close until springtime.

These wonderful local growers will appear on time two days before Thanksgiving to offer us their final harvest for our celebrations. Rain or shine, they’ll be there. Maybe even some the usual performers will show up and add gaiety to the occasion.

Let’s celebrate and thank them for another year of providing nourishment for us. And for also working hard to keep our county GMO-free!

Let’s turn out in rain or shine this last day, shower them with thank-yous, and wish them well. Let's remember them, too, at our Thanksgiving tables!

Arlene and Roger Mueller


Restore forest health

After another bad wildfire season, it's time for Congress to restore the health of our federal forests through active, sustainable forest management.

The House earlier this year passed H.R. 2647, known as the "Resilient Federal Forests Act" that gives the Forest Service policy and legal tools to implement more forest health projects. Reducing the risks of catastrophic wildfire will not only reduce wildfire suppression costs, it will help create good-paying jobs in many of our rural communities.

Our senators should support HR 2647 or any other solution to put more people back to work thinning our forests. It's critical that Congress address the major roadblocks to forest management activities, including taking steps to reduce the time and cost required to complete environmental reviews while also addressing litigation that stalls this important work.

The House has adopted a long-term solution that will create new jobs, strengthen rural economies, promote healthier forests, reduce the risks of forest fires, and decrease our reliance on foreign countries for timber and paper goods. Now that the House has acted, we need our senators to support legislation to provide the permanent and comprehensive solution our communities have been waiting for.

H.D. Sumner

Montague, Calif.

Remembering a neighbor

Poetry carries more meaning in what is not said than as in what is said.

Thursday's Haiku —

Tall, smiling, brilliant

Graceful lady of the stage

Admired, belov'd, gone.

— can only refer to my dear neighbor, Catherine Coulson. The world saw her carrying a log. I remember her chasing her dog. She was larger than life and my life is a little smaller without her.

Dan Fischer