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Letters at length, February 26

Wear yellow for Endometriosis Awareness Month

I am writing this letter in the representation of millions of women who live on this planet and all suffer from a common disease, endometriosis. March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. March 2 is the official awareness day, and it is that day that you should wear yellow in support. This month was officially named by the 107th Congress in 2002. But what is endometriosis? How do we recognize it? And finally how do we suffer and cope and how can you help?

Endometriosis is a female reproductive disease. Some put it as simply as a "backwards period." Another basic way to put it is that endometriosis is when the lining of the uterus is found outside of the uterine cavity. Millions of women suffer from endometriosis; it is estimated that around 8 million women suffer in the United States alone. The disease causes chronic pelvic pain, possible infertility, nausea, harsh periods, headaches, mood swings, weight fluctuation, pain during intercourse, lower back pain, etc.

This is a disease that leaves women lost and confused; it is hard to express their physical and emotional pain. We must take this month as one to learn and educate ourselves, your daughters and, just as importantly, your sons. By wearing yellow on March 2 you will be reaching out to the women who are silently coping with this disease. It is simple, wear a yellow shirt, a yellow ribbon, a yellow bracelet or just anything yellow. No matter how large or small this yellow item is, to us it is huge.

It is simple to help us cope. Just listen, feel sympathy for the pain that we feel emotionally and physically, don't shy away when we need to cry and vent, be patient and hold our hands, be patient when all we need is a friend or someone to lean on, and, most importantly, educate yourself. Please do not forget that men make up 50 percent of the population; your awareness or your sons' awareness is just as important.

Alyson Yant

Ashland

ODOT moving sting was an ineffective scam

The sting conducted Thursday, Feb. 19, by the Oregon Department of Transportation was a scam. (See Feb. 23 Tidings "Unlicensed movers caught in Medford sting.")

As reported on Channel 12 (ABC) at 5:04 p.m. on Feb. 20, several people responded to a Craigslist ad asking for help moving an Ashland resident to another home in Ashland.

As I understood the news broadcast, no mention of money appeared in the Craigslist ad, but when helpful people arrived at the address, money was mentioned. Then four policemen and a camera crew descended and arrested the people, imposing a fine. Most citizens, such as myself, do not know that a license is required to help an Ashlander move if money is involved. When I help move a church member, coffee and donuts are often served. Donuts don't cost money to buy?

If ODOT wished to inform citizens that to accept money for moving home furnishings required the individual to be licensed and bonded, the education could have been more effective than this entrapment. On the front page of the Daily Tidings earlier this week, a citizen was quoted saying that he was willing to do anything in this economic depression. That would have been a judicious time for ODOT to inform us that "anything" could not include moving for money. Then, as a taxpayer, I would not be writing about the sting that is to me a horrendous scam and a waste of my tax money.

Apparently the persons have a right of appeal, but think of the waste of money this sting approach by ODOT has caused. And to the judges, please consider the above information. If you want a correction to this gross mishandling of tax dollars, call me at 482-3290.

Paul A. Buck

Ashland