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Letters, March 8

Proud of ODOT

I am a resident of Mountain View Estates in Talent. Fortunately, my house was saved by the owners Chris and Doye Hudson and their sons during the fire. There was no water to put out the fire at the back of my house, so they used bottled water I had in the driveway and in my storage unit. When that wasn’t enough, they refilled the gallon jugs at the swimming pool! Wonderful family. We are so fortunate to live here.

I want to take this opportunity to say how proud I am of the Oregon Department of Transportation! They are in the process of overseeing the removal of all the fire debris from the 144 houses that burned to the ground here (only 21 of us remaining). They are professional, courteous, incredibly tidy and have a strong work ethic. There’s no fooling around and I understand that when they start the removal of the properties on either side of me that they may offer to put you up at a motel for the night.

ODOT deserves a “well done” for their work here as we try to rebuild.

Joan Williamson


Meeting offers reassurance

In times of crisis, many people turn to their faith tradition and faith leaders for direction and reassurance. At South Mountain Friends Meeting we are committed to interfaith action to see a de-escalation of this crisis.

As Quakers, our faith (for many Friends and members of the broader community) is synonymous with peace, equality and community. Quakers have marched and advocated for civil rights, the protection of Black lives, environmental preservation, LGBTQ+ rights, and to stop war in all its forms.

Because of this history, when tragedy strikes, members of the larger community sometimes seek comfort in Quaker worship and spirituality. Our Meeting is available to the spiritual needs of these seekers and available for the broader needs of people across this land. You will be welcome with us. This is a time for us to cultivate the best in one another through our commitment to peace and honoring that of the divine in each and every person we meet.

Website: www.ashlandquakers.org


Steve Radcliffe, South Mountain Friends Meeting


Since you got it wrong

The “10-year-old Modoc boy” you claimed was Joseph Lane’s “slave” in Tuesday’s Since You Asked was in fact 2 years old when Lane adopted him — and it was an adoption. I’ve seen the original 1864 adoption papers, and you could have too — they’re at the Josephine County courthouse.

Lane’s political enemies have always claimed the boy was a slave because the “Modoc boy” was only half Modoc; his mother was an enslaved woman of African descent. Doesn’t it seem kind of racist to assume that a Black boy being raised by a white family is their slave?

He had a name: Peter Waldo. You could have learned everything known about him with an easy Google search: Peter Waldo Oregon.

And no one knows how Lane felt about slavery, pro or con. None of the thousands of letters and speeches he left us defend the institution.

What he did do was strenuously defend the status quo of the mid-19th century, despite the odious compromises and decisions of the Constitution, legislation and case law. Lane thought they would continue to keep the Union intact and prevent a bloody civil war. As we learned to our sorrow, he was wrong, of course.

Ben Truwe


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