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Letters, Oct. 5

Re-elect Rick Dyer

I encourage you to re-elect County Commissioner Rick Dyer.

Rick has done an outstanding job for the citizens of Jackson County for the last eight years. He is an experienced administrator and has done an excellent job at balancing the county budget, promote economic development, prioritize county services, and has shown good leadership in crisis.

Rick is a local that was not only raised in the Rogue Valley but also went to high school and college here. He has operated many local successful businesses and brings that knowledge of a local businessman to his position as a commissioner. He is known for bringing opposing sides together for the betterment of the county.

Please join me in voting for Rick Dyer for Jackson County commissioner. Jackson County will continue to thrive with Commissioner Dyer’s leadership.

Travis Snyder

Central Point

Join students for art festival

I am honored to advise student activists at Ashland High School. On their behalf, I share this invitation and call to action for gender and sexuality justice.

We must unite in these unparalleled circumstances: to remember our suffragist ancestors; to honor the resilience of our trans siblings; to fight for survivors of assault, many of them children. On Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at SOU’s Music Recital Hall, join us for the Women’s and LGBTQIA+ Arts Festival, presented by the Youth Advisory Council to the Mayor of Ashland, Ashland High School Truth to Power, Ashland High School National Art Honors Society, and our local chapter of the Women’s March Association. Entry is by donation, and all proceeds will go to ACLU Oregon and Planned Parenthood.

This event will include eight performances featuring original music and spoken word. A student visual art gallery will be displayed in the lobby.

Through organizing, we will find solidarity in numbers. It will be educational to network with new people and hear their stories, and we can activate and guide voters for the upcoming election. Embrace youth activists in a multigenerational celebration and demonstration!

Shane Abrams, teacher, advisor, Truth to Power Club

Ashland High School