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Letters to the Editor, May 4

Remarks clarified

Regarding the article concerning the piping of the Ashland Canal that appeared in both the Daily Tidings and the Mail Tribune, to clarify:

Of course I understand the importance of conserving irrigation water. My point was that I don’t believe it can be called water “loss” when that 30 percent ”loss” is water leakage that supports lush vegetation along the canal, wildlife, and contributes to moisture in the air ( needed in our dry climate).

Open water itself is attractive. I don’t call that “loss.” Ashland Creek has many of the same advantages and disadvantages but I know of no person wanting to put it underground. An open canal adds to the beauty, desirability and livability of Ashland, especially in the hot summer months. We love living beside it.

I also question how much the percentage of contamination in the the small volume of irrigation water that flows into much larger Ashland Creek affects the overall contamination already in Ashland Creek, which flows as open water, thus of course subject to contamination, through the park.

Beth Martin


Thanks for courtesy

On the evening of Friday, April 27, an acquaintance who has had a stroke and has difficulty walking and cannot engage in effective conversation went to see the latest Avengers movie. While in the theater he dropped his wallet, which contained credit cards, insurance cards, ID and a few hundred dollars in cash. I went down on Saturday morning to see if it had been found, and the early morning crew was very helpful. The wallet had been found, placed in a safe, and was returned with nothing missing. I would like to thank the staff of Ashland Street Cinema for the courtesy, honesty, and thoughtfulness.

Glen Rountree

Gold Hill