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Theatre Department prepares students

I am writing this letter in response to an article written about Craig Jessen.

I went to and graduated from Southern Oregon University with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Theatre in 2001.

I have to say that I found my own experience at SOU to be fulfilling and rewarding. I chose SOU for many reasons, but the main one was how the theatre department trained their student actors. I had the choice of many schools throughout the United States and based upon what I saw in my "college hunt", SOU had all the right components for a successful carrier in theatre. From SOU I went on to receive my MFA from the University of Alabama, again in theatre. I found that SOU had done a wonderful job in preparing me for the challenge that was graduate school.

I now act, teach, and direct in Southern California mainly at South Coast Repertory. The curriculum that was taught to me at SOU is the same that I use to instruct my students. I am able to live nicely off a carrier that started at SOU. In short I would not be the successful actor that I am today without my training from SOU Theatre Department.

Martin Noyes

Visitor center unnecessary cost

A new Oregon Visitors Center is planned on the border with California on a large undeveloped recreational wayside. This land is oceanfront, on the west side of U.S. 101 with the Winchuck River on its north side. It's only five miles south of Brookings. Beautiful, prime empty recreational land. The cost for this unneeded center will be $2 to — million.

There is already a "permanent" large, very nice visitor center at the north end of Brookings. It is on the east side of U.S. 101 so that northbound tourist traffic, mostly from California, does not have to cut across U.S. 101 traffic to get to it. We know that Oregon is short of money, with no shortage of ways to spend it, so this action by the State Tourism Commission is difficult to understand.

So why do this, you ask? The answer seems to be so the very vocal Brookings' businesses can snare tourist traffic from the south before it passes through town. What a waste; a state version of Congressional earmarks.

Ashland, my hometown, used to have a small Visitors Center on the east side of Interstate Highway 5. It was closed several years ago for safety reasons, and since then this center has had no permanent, let alone convenient location &

due to lack of money, we are told.

Not only does our part of Southern Oregon deserve better, Brookings already has one many times nicer.

Dick Trout

Reasons to shut down libraries

It distresses me to read about the amount of time and effort being spent trying to keep the public libraries of Jackson County open. There are far more important matters that require our attention. I'll list them later, after I think of a few. Meanwhile, if we just agree about a few simple things, we can move on.

First of all, we don't need public libraries. Governments should confine themselves to defending the country, and I can't think of anything else that we should spend our taxes on.

Secondly, we all have computers, so we don't need to go to a library to do research.

Thirdly, if you don't have enough money to buy books, then you also don't need a public library. You should be using your time to earn more money.

Fourthly, if we must have libraries, then we should have fewer. After all, if you can drive to Costco, you can drive to the library.

If your children aren't old enough to get to the library without being driven there, think of it as an opportunity for you to spend quality time together. I hope that this brief letter has helped to clarify the issues concerning the libraries of Jackson County. Let's move on to the more important question of how to deal with the international ridicule that we will suffer when the richest and most powerful nation in the world closes public libraries.

Roslyn C. Parker