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Scholarship a great opportunity

We are pleased to update the community on the Lynnette A. Kelly Scholarship Fund, which reached its initial goal of $12,500, through the generous donations made by family and friends. The endowment is now large enough to become a "forever fund" that will perpetually generate an annual $500 and larger awards, should the endowment grow through new contributions.

In the final weeks of our dear friend's life, she embraced the creation of a scholarship fund that would give financial support to one Ashland student each year: a student with a passion for learning more in a field of his/her choice. After teaching for over 30 years in Portland and Ashland and being a life long learner herself, she was deeply moved by the notion that others might contribute to make her dream possible.

We celebrate with you and look forward to learning about this year's recipient.

Tax deductible donations are always welcome. Checks can now be sent to:

Lynnette A Kelly Scholarship The Oregon Student Assistance Commission 1500 Valley River Dr Suite 100 Eugene OR 97401.

Sooney Viani

and Barbara Heyerman

Out-of-state costs hurting higher ed

The state decides who gets in-state tuition based off the residency of one's parents.

If you've grown up in Oregon your whole life and even graduated from an Oregon high school, you'll still get billed for out-of-state tuition if your parents aren't Oregon residents. I can think of one particular controversial situation where this would come into play: children of undocumented immigrants, who are overwhelmingly racial minorities.

Let's put the controversy and emotions aside so we can look at the situation practically. Oregon needs to address the needs of its diverse population. These Oregonians, who we've educated in our K-12 system, are now being priced out of a college education.

Do we really want to hold back Oregon's potential by denying them an affordable education? Statistics show that people who receive a college degree contribute more to taxes and are less likely to use social services such as welfare.

I want Oregon to be a place of equal opportunity, which is why I support the Tuition Equity legislation. This bill extends in-state tuition to all students who work towards residency and graduate from an Oregon high school. Tuition Equity does exactly what it says: it makes college tuition more equal for all Oregonians.

Drew Brammer


Supporting our city library

Over the past few years I've read a lot of ridiculous letters on your editorial page, but the Tidings hit an all-time low when it printed the misguided and misinformed piece of silliness written by Roslyn C. Parker on Thursday, March 1.

The Tidings states that it "encourages thoughtful and well-reasoned letters." Not only was Ms. Parker's letter ill-reasoned and without thought, it was also poorly written. While we are living in the cyber age, it is wrong to assume that "everyone has a computer." Many people use libraries specifically to learn about and use computers there.

And what kind of logic is it to state, "If you don't have enough money to buy books you should be using your time to earn more money." Seems to me an excellent argument for libraries. When I was in grade school the library was where I went to discover the world of books (in those wonderful stacks) with my family. Now my kids and thousands of other children go to the library for storytelling. Some of these stories are performed by nationally known artists. What a loss that would be. No computer can compete with a living, breathing storyteller.

But Ms. Parker's main complaint seems to be that age-old complaint of paying taxes for this venture. In our state (and especially here) this falls on the property owner. That would be me. This is another good reason for a sales tax &

the fair tax &

because everyone pays. But to Ms. Parker I would say ... support your library, because it's the right thing to do!

Richard Roget


Seda a menace to society

In response to Mr. Seidman's letter concerning Pete Seda, there must clarifications made.

While Pete Seda may have been someone who loved trees, people and tender growing things such as the lovable camel we all remember meeting on his property south of Ashland, you would be a naive optimist to not see through the fa&


Mr. Seda is no longer living in Ashland, and there are many reasons as to why. Mr. Seda felt is necessary to flee the country because of an on-going FBI investigation into his participation in the Al Haramain Islamic Foundation Inc. and because he knowingly distributed radical literature to prison inmates that called for them to kill non-Muslims.

In addition, Mr. Seda also funneled money to Chechen rebels. These charges add up to make Mr. Seda a global fugitive wanted for money-laundering and tax-fraud charges stemming from a federal investigation of the chapter.

Is this the same Pete Seda that loves trees and growing things? Take the wool off your eyes and see the reality that was in our own backyard.

Brendan Good