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Letters, Dec. 9

New Fiber Arts Collective open

Recently there have been several articles about businesses offering locally made gifts. One article included a lament that the Ashland Arts Center, a popular place for items, closed because of the pandemic.

Many artists (some who were showcased at the Art Center) opened a Fiber Arts Collective on Third Street and Lithia Way that includes many handcrafts, an upholsterer, an alterations specialist and much more! It is a growing entity that will include a dye studio, classes and organic fabrics post-pandemic.

Please stop in for handmade clothes, accessories, housewares and other gift items. The collective is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (plus Saturdays, same times, through December).

Jessica Fiske Bailey

Ashland

Vaccine disinformation

I was amused at Thursday’s main opinion, referring to the wackadoodle charge about the COVID vaccines’ reprogramming of DNA. In fact, I couldn’t stop laughing.

Doesn’t everyone know that the two leading American vaccines reprogram your RNA, not your DNA? See http://cen.acs.org/biological-chemistry/infectious-disease/First-US-Phase-III-trial-of-a-COVID-19-vaccine-begins/98/web/2020/07

Samuel Berry

Medford

Not the way to do it

I know emotions are running high this election season but I wonder if it’s really necessary to attack Trump supporters in such a vicious fashion. Just because we disagree shouldn’t give those on the opposite side of the political spectrum the right to smear, attack and call us names.

You don’t know me. I am not a racist. I’m a white woman with Black cousins, a Black sister-in-law and Black nieces and nephews. I love them and they love me.

Didn’t Joe Biden say that we as a nation should start the healing process? I’m telling you that this is not the way to do it.

Maureen Stewart

Medford

Unique?

We are extremely dismayed by Colleen Roberts’ stand “I’m not going to do this” regarding the request to put out a statement about the importance of wearing masks and social distancing. She says Jackson County is “unique” and should be exempted from Gov. Kate Brown’s restrictions on COVID safety.

Why doesn’t she listen to the health professionals who met with her and gave her hard, scientific facts? Our COVID numbers are skyrocketing, our available hospital beds are dwindling and yet she chooses not to represent her constituents but her own personal biases?

What exactly makes us unique? This is absurd. This pandemic does not stop at the county borders.

As citizens of this great county for the last 45 years, we are saddened by the continued spike in this pandemic and our citizens who have made the choice to not take this seriously. And Roberts’ lack of leadership has only fueled their fires to resist saving lives.

Surely, we can all do this for a while longer until everyone has been vaccinated.

Please take a stand and consider all the citizens you, Colleen Roberts, were elected to protect and represent.

Safe lives!

Kim and Bill Gabriel

Ashland

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