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Letters, Sept. 26

Have a heart

Just 20 years ago, 9/11 brought Americans together. Today we’re in the midst of a far greater disaster — 675,000 Americans killed so far — but the “stolen election” party has sabotaged efforts to end it, fomenting fear of vaccines and anger over COVID precautions.

Their misguided followers staged demonstrations against masks and vaccines in the Rogue Valley, but their sickest was the one in front of Asante, mocking our front-line health care heroes. While protesters flaunted their ignorance and ingratitude, hospital staff were putting their lives and families at risk trying to save unvaccinated patients like them.

These people dismiss the pandemic as a hoax, scoff at CDC guidelines and prefer taking a horse dewormer to a free, life-saving vaccine. Then they come down with COVID-19 and flock to the hospital, putting health care workers through hell and depriving other patients of needed services.

Kindness and compassion are at the heart of what it means to be human. The kindest thing you can do right now for yourself, your family and your community is to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It doesn’t take much. We aren’t asking you to be heroes, just human: Wear a mask and get vaccinated.

Michael Steely


Concerned about cell tower

Going to an SOU football game is about to become far less enticing.

As of Monday, Sept. 20, Ashland residents had 10 days to appeal a decision made by SOU’s president, Dr. Linda Schott, to green-light the construction of a cell tower on one of the football stadium lights, across from the bleachers. This concerns me, as many continue to question the safety of these cell towers.

A couple of weeks ago I asked the defensive coordinator of the SOU football team, Jerome Souers, whether he was aware of this imminent cell tower installation. He explained that he was not. If a coach of SOU’s football team hadn’t been told of this cell tower, which is soon to be placed adjacent to the field he coaches on, the student athletes who compete on this field and their parents have most likely not been notified either.

I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but I can tell you this: I won’t be cheering in any bleachers that has a transmitting cell tower a few hundred feet in front of me. And if I had a son on that football team, I’d be more than a bit concerned.

Bruno Marcotulli