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Letters, Nov. 4

Speak up, educators

I have been waiting for someone in education — a teacher, a principal, a school board member — to write a letter to the citizens of Jackson County imploring them to wear masks, social distance and stop having inside gatherings and of course wash hands, so we can halt the surging cases of COVID and our schools can open.

The people who ignore these essential practices are the very ones spreading the virus and preventing schools from opening. Please speak up, educators, as your opinions are valued by our citizens.

Char Hersh

Ashland

Reseeding the Greenway

Just finished reading the Nov. 3 article in the Mail Tribune titled “Reseeding the Greenway.”

I applaud the volunteer work being done to reseed the area. However, native species are not the dominant species with creekside vegetation around here, blackberries are.

Yes, herbicides can be and should be used to kill off the initial re-emergence of the blackberries, but for long-term maintenance, mechanical means (mowing) must be part of the plan. In other words, if mowing is not part of the plan, we should plan for another event like the Almeda fire.

J. Miller

Ashland

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