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July 19, 2006 Thanks for Ashland Hardware The Kiwanis Club of Ashland is writing this letter to give a special “thank you” to Ashland Hardware. Every year – now for several years running – Ashland Hardware has provided ca

Thanks for

Ashland Hardware

The Kiwanis Club of Ashland is writing this letter to give a special “thank you” to Ashland Hardware. Every year now for several years running Ashland Hardware has provided cabinet latches, free of charge, in support of the Kiwanis Club’s Baby Safety Program. These latches are given to new Moms for use on cabinet doors to prevent the accidental entry of toddlers into the cabinets.

Thanks Ashland Hardware!

Sylvia Sullivan and

Ron Parker

Response to


(In response to a letter to the editor published, July 11)

As a matter of fact, employment IS irrelevant and soul-stifling, and I commend Randy for his low-impact life choice.

At least he’s not driving around in a polluting car, buying junk for the landfill from Wal-Mart, and the usual nonsense of homeowners and workin’ stiffs. Could you be envious of his free and unencumbered blithe existence?

Leslie DeLorean

Praise for

Al Gore

I went to see Al Gore’s movie, “An Inconvenient Truth” yesterday. The hero in this movie is Al Gore, himself. I doubt whether anyone seeing the evidence presented here can deny the truth about globalwarming.

As I left the theater I thought: If only the Florida shenanigans had been exposed earlier! If Al Gore had been our President these last five years just look at what would NOT have happened! Whether you believe as I do that 9/11 was an “inside job” calling for a real inquiry, or entirely a foreign terrorist attack, I think Al Gore could have prevented it.

So, no 9/11. Hence, no war on Afghanistan. No war of choice on Iraq. No huge national debt. We would be well on our way addressing global warming together with the rest of the world. Environmental laws would have been upheld. There would have been no “crisis” in Social Security, our schools would be funded. We would not be committed to “Full Spectrum Dominance,” a policy that we never voted for. Oh, the list goes on and on. Wire tapping, the lot. But here we are, and we now have enemies, for sure. But if anyone can redeem this country, I think it just might be Al Gore.

Harriett Rex Smith

More editing

goofs in Tidings

In the July 14 issue of the Tidings was a commentary by M.J. Daspit, critical of the proofreading — or lack therof — employed by the Tidings.

Listing some of the “goofs,” the commentary tended toward the humorous side. I was on the verge of submitting a similar “opinion.” Daspit did not include one “boo-boo” that tickled me. It was a report of a sporting event and included the observation that “the extra effort expended by the team assured them of “Tuesday’s victory on Tuesday.” What a perfect day for it!

Now, barely a day later, here we go again. In an article dealing with the debate between Gov. Kolongoski and Ron Saxton, one of the issues was a casino that the Warm Springs Tribe wants to build. The article concluded thusly; ”The Democratic governor said he intends to allow the Warm Springs tribe to put a casino in Cascade Locks because otherwise” ...

Will we find out “otherwise” what in Monday’s paper, or just make up our own “otherwise”.

Come on! You guys are doing this on purpose, aren’t you?

Robert Graham

Stop delaying Mt. A expansion

I am continually amazed at the “environmental” communities fixation over opposing the expansion of Mt. Ashland with all the other threats to the environment in the Valley including the clear cuts going on behind in the hills behind Talent, air quality issues and wildfire concerns. Their latest effort being to request a mediation on the expansion. They have tried every bogus excuse in the world to delay or to halt the project over the years all to no avail. Now at the last minute they want to have mediation by a third party.

The present expansion plan is the result of years of compromise and efforts to please the “environmental” community so that an ecologically sensitive expansion can proceed. The only expansion alternative that will please this group is NO EXPANSION. Even if Mt. Ashland Association were to come to some agreement with the Sierra Club then they will still have to deal with the next group or person who complains they don’t like the latest compromise. If Mr. Dimitre or Mr. Navalis were really concerned about water quality in Ashland and the rest of the valley they should be spending some time and effort to conduct a point source study for the existing fecal contamination of our creeks so little kids can safely play in Lithia Park and other streams in the summer. I hope the Mt. Ashland Association sticks to the existing plan, give them their final day in court, and proceed with the existing plan.

Dave Bobb

City markings

uglier than tagging

Your recent articles on graffiti failed to cite the ugly spray can graffiti done by the city utilities on our streets, sidewalks and even across grass areas. It’s even more of an eyesore and needs to be removed and prohibited.

Anna Lou Black

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