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Letters to the Editor, March 4

Horrible travesty

We have lived in Ashland for 25 years. During that time we have seen the changes in what this beautiful little town has become.

There is no argument that the actual people that live here are becoming of little consequence over what the face of the town needs to put on for those that come here to also enjoy our town. This is, however such a horrible travesty that anyone could build a house across from our beautiful park. No one could, unless they have unlimited finances and the Planning Commission caves to their desire to do so.

This cannot happen. This is another attempt for the very rich to have their way with all of the property and laws while others less fortunate have no voice.

There should be no private residence there. This is part of what belongs to everyone and should be a place that anyone may visit and enjoy. A cafe, anything that would support the ice rink in winter or a place to purchase a cool drink or something to eat in the summer.

The beautiful trees need to stay and the DeBoers and the Planning Commission need to find another solution to their housing needs.

Do we need to stand there and hold signs to protest the takeover of our park and town? Count us in and we hope many others will join us. You cannot tear the heart of town out any longer.

Jaci Hillmann and Toni Figueiredo


Good things cost more

I love the cool grass at the end of the hot summer days.

After working on the Walter Phillips Field as a part of the chain gang for the last 20y years, my favorite part about going down to the games is the smell of the grass.

Because of chemical fears on turf, I initially did not want to support a toxic field for football/soccer players. Also turf requires 90 percent more water than the new eco-environmental, $205,000 upgrade.

Now that there is talk of upping the bill to $1.3 million, I am thinking the job is getting done right for the health of the community for many, many years.

Good things always cost a little more, but it is worth every penny.

Tom Frantz


Rediscover the Tidings

Those of you reading the Tidings for any length of time would surely agree it has undergone a remarkable transformation since the current editor, Bert Etling, took office in July 2014.

Some of the changes we have witnessed include the insightful and well-crafted essays on matters of social and political interest by Herb Rothschild and Chris Honoré, the excellent movie reviews, also by Chris Honoré, the editorials on local topics, more letters to the editor, continued use of national columnists of widely disparate views, features of local interest like the colorful “Scene On Scene” of full-page photo spreads, the improved coverage of local sports by Joe Zavala, the “man (and woman) on the street” interviews, improved coverage of local business developments, the easily accessible and useful daily calendar, the new and easier-to-read tabloid format, the weekly “Council Corner” essays by Mayor Stromberg and members of the City Council, the new columns of broad interest on aging, education, public safety and theater, improved coverage of Ashland, Talent and state politics, the improved Revels, and so on.

As with any enterprise, the Tidings is only sustainable if people who find it useful are willing to support it. While this letter may appear to be an example of preaching to the choir, instead my purpose here is to encourage all of you who agree to spread the word in town, to encourage your friends and neighbors and co-workers to “come back” or to begin a subscription to the Tidings and discover why it is well on its way to becoming an essential element in the fabric of our community.

John Barton


Label GMOs

GMO foods are an attempt to patent the world food supply.

We have the right to know what is in our food! Stop the DARK act.

Allan Widmeyer