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Letters, Feb. 20

Nickname contest

After months of reading so many over-the-top opinions from letter writers in the MT, wouldn’t a little fun contest be nice? With the field of Democratic presidential hopefuls growing larger every day, our stable genius in the Oval Office will no doubt start his elementary school nickname onslaught soon.

So, I suggest a competition to accurately predict the witty monikers our “acting” president will bestow on the lefty hopefuls.

Perhaps the winner can receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the U.S./Mexican border to help with the construction of the Trump wall. And anyone entering can receive a discount coupon for a MAGA rake. We were told that raking the forest floor will all but eliminate the need for forest firefighters. No more choking smoke in the Rogue Valley would be bigly wonderful.

Past names (Little Marco, Lying Ted, etc.) must be ineligible for a prize. And presently, I have the rights to Kellyanne Conartist, Sarah Huckleberry Hound and JillyJilly Giuliani.

T. Alan Gielow

Shady Cove

A new recycling approach

A case study: What might be the outcome of a community internalizing the underlying reality that “for profit” really means “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer”?

Perhaps the community would create a free (to local households) recycling program that enhances the city budget wherein “outside cheaters” would unwittingly enrich the system by providing additional desirable raw materials. During the past four years the city of Kearney, Nebraska, has gained about $875,000 for its “waste.” When “landfill (city owned) avoidance savings” are included, the four year benefit is more than $1.5 million. This direct benefit to the local economy supports: Kearney’s park and recreation department that is second to none and its public library that has always been locally controlled for the benefit of all, including long-haul truckers that stream through the region.

Economical (publicly owned) integrated waste management practices are integral to addressing anthropogenic climate change. While unable to articulate the aforementioned underlying reality, the citizens of the Big Bend Reach of the Platte River have created an infrastructure more progressive than that of the Bear Creek Valley.

Robert I. Price


Dismayed by veto

I was initially delighted by the Ashland City Council’s Lyft/Uber approval and then dismayed when Mayor Stromberg vetoed it.

I have found both of these services invaluable when traveling and think it’s a must for any city or town depending on tourist dollars. More importantly, it’s a must for our older aging population, of which I’m a member. Currently, I volunteer for an organization helping people get to shopping and doctor’s appointments. These people are not indigent. Many have expressed frustration with not having Lyft/Uber in Ashland and would prefer the independence of calling for a ride themselves — maybe even go to the movies or symphony.

Taxis are not the answer. Last summer a friend’s daughter was dropped off on Ashland Street after traveling from San Francisco by train, then bus from Klamath Falls. Overheated and exhausted, she had expected to call Uber for a ride to her mother’s vacant house. No Uber. So she called a cab. It would be a 45 minute wait in over 100 (smoky) degrees. Luckily I was home and picked her up.

Let’s join the 21st century. The City Council did the right thing. I hope the mayor will reconsider this short-sighted veto.

Claudia Little


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