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Letters, April 21

Food Project event joyful

On Saturday, April 9, smiles as wide as a Cheshire cat’s were abundant at the Ashland Emergency Food Bank.

Safety protocols had restricted the Ashland Food Project’s green bag drop-off for nearly two years, and the mood at April’s in-person, maskless event was upbeat. We were back to our original vision of neighbors collecting and dropping off non-perishables food items to line the shelves of our food bank. And our donors responded with enthusiasm! Oh fabulous day! Callooh! Callay!

Thanks to our generous community of donors, our legion of Neighborhood Coordinators, and our wonderful partners at the Ashland Emergency Food Bank, the Ashland Food Project collected over 21,000 pounds of food to help feed food-insecure neighbors for the next two months. If you’d like to join our green bag brigade you can find information and sign up at ashlandfoodproject.com.

Finally, we’d like to offer a special thanks to our April thank you card sponsors — White Dental Studio and Rave Orthodontics. Their support makes so many things possible.

Karl Pryor, Food Project board member


OSF turned us away

Was so excited to see a play after two long years. But, alas, “Unseen” was unseen.

Volunteers at the door would not allow my escort to enter even though we had $130 tickets in hand, masks worn, proof-of-vaccination cards. And it was my 70th birthday!

Alas, my escort had not gotten his booster shot yet. My choice was see the play alone or forfeit cost of both tickets. We left. Won’t be back.

I have been a supporter for so many years, but the festival is out of touch in numerous ways including entertainment offerings, in my opinion. FYI — several weeks ago we attended a massive concert at the Hult Center in Eugene. Packed house. Most people were not wearing masks, much less enduring a ridiculous vaccination shakedown.

Kaye D. Proctor