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Letters to the Editor, Dec. 1

Art selection was public

I thank Jack Hjelt for his letter to the editor (Nov. 25) supporting the Gateway Sculpture Project. Community citizens have been working toward this project ever since 2007 and all the procedures were made public.

I believe that Ashlanders should avail themselves of any news concerning this town. There are adequate notices on the City of Ashland website as well as the Daily Tidings, and it is our responsibility to know what’s going on.

The various committees have worked so hard over the years and have been so diligent contacting both local artists and beyond. Certainly we all have our opinions about art, but lets be respectful, sensitive and cease these antagonistic, mean-spirited rebuttals.

I don't think town historic edifices should have anything to do with this proposed art. If anything, I feel that this piece would enhance the 76 gas station, the Ashland Professional Center at 485 E. Main St. and the fire station, all in closest proximity to the proposed sculpture.

Wendy Eppinger


A glorious day

About 6:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving eve, volunteers at Ashland Emergency Food Bank handed out the last of 300 holiday food boxes to local families.

Hours earlier, a morning crew gathered at the Food Bank to organize the turkeys and mounds of side-dish ingredients necessary for several hundred traditional Thanksgiving dinners: cranberries, stuffing, potatoes, broth, green beans and fixings for pumpkin pie.

It was a glorious day, and made possible by the generosity and compassion of this community.

During the previous week, a stream of donations arrived at our doors. Albertsons’ fabulous Turkey Bucks program provided many of the turkeys and side dishes received by families. Others pitched in as well: the Grange donated 5,000 pounds of beautiful potatoes; Oak Knoll Golf Course showed up with a truckload of food from its holiday tournament; Paddington Station collected food and money during the store’s annual open house; Siskiyou School kindergartners decorated paper bags containing all the ingredients for a delicious pumpkin pie; and Plexis Healthcare, the City of Ashland and Ashland Tennis and Fitness Club held food drives on our behalf.

Individuals and families, some known to us and others anonymous, stopped by with gifts to share — an extra turkey, a ham, a bag of groceries, a $20 bill. One woman left us several bags of food, looked at our sparse shelves, and later returned with more.

If you have any doubt that this is an extraordinary community, you would have been forever convinced. And if you had been there to hear the gratitude expressed by every family picking up one of these boxes, you would know how much these acts of kindness matter to our neighbors.

As the events in Paris so vividly demonstrated, much of the world is in turmoil. Here in Ashland, we are doing our best to take care of each other.

We are truly blessed.

Pam Marsh, manager

Ashland Emergency Food Bank

Religious questions

I attended the interdenominational Thanksgiving service and I am angry at myself at being so irritated. Each of the religious leaders spoke so eloquently about peace and brotherhood. But I have two questions for them.

(1) If this peace thing is so important to them, why do they not remove every single mention of killing and hatred from their "sacred" texts? Listing those texts would require the rest of this paper, but you know well what I am referring to. (I am referring to multiple religions, not just one.)

(2) And if "God" refers to both "he" and "she," why was it that the only mention of the feminine came from the representatives of the Goddess path?

MaryAnn Shank