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Letters to the Editor, Dec. 3

Letters to the Editor, Aug. 26

The smell of medicine

I was inspired to chime in with some of the letters that have been coming forth regarding the odors of outdoor growing of marijuana. I, too, have grow sites in my neighborhood. I have grown to love the smell, and I'll tell you why.

My wonderful husband had more than 50 cancerous tumors on his liver, the largest being the size of a small orange. By ingesting the oils of cannabis, every one of those tumors completely disappeared within a six-month period. Oregon Health Sciences University and his local doctor had never seen anything like this before.

It's time to realize the value of this medicinal plant, people. This is a historic time. The people have voted and this plant is finally legal to possess and grow.

Without the side effects of chemotherapy drugs and radiation, many cancers can actually be eradicated! Unfortunately, my husband didn't make it due to complications from hepatitis C, but he did die cancer-free — documented.

You never know, it could be you or someone you live with all your heart that ends up with cancer. Isn't it worth putting up with a few weeks or even a month's worth of organic "odor," knowing the true value of the medicine it is producing?

Please try to find patience and tolerance as we move through the historic transition time. Maybe there will be better solutions for outdoor grows in the future. I am so grateful to have had the companionship of my husband for an entire year, all thanks to this wonderful medicine that was simply grown from our own earth.

E. Read

Ashland

Tree Removal Commission?

It seems that every Tree Commission meeting agenda includes requests for approval of the removal of trees to permit construction or expansion of a house. On this week's agenda: review (and approve?) the removal of more than 30 trees, including a Doug fir 23 inches at breast height. (The count does not include the trees that will be removed that do not require approval because they are too small.)

Yes, Ashland has “plenty of trees.” But which tree will be the one to change "plenty" to "not very many?" When do we cross that line?

Is the Conservation Commission concerned? As other letter writers have pointed out recently, trees, especially large ones, help counteract climate change with their shade and cooling air currents, enhance water retention in the soil, and of course, release oxygen. Trees also provide habitat for birds and animals, as well as numerous kinds of insects, some of which pollinate our trees, flowers and vegetables, and/or provide food for other critters.

Planting little trees does not make up for the loss of big trees.

Does the Tree Commission say ever say no? Otherwise, perhaps the Tree Commission should just be renamed the Tree Removal Approval Commission.

Kristina Lefever

Ashland