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Letters, Oct. 6

Thoughts on getting older

Not only many of us in Ashland, but our whole country is getting “up there.” I turned 100 this year, and find it amazing that I’m not only alive, but am vigorous, alert, and learning new stuff every day that helps keep the cerebral cobwebs away.

It’s no secret how to have a healthy lifestyle, but it may be hard to live one if your family lives otherwise. I was lucky. My mom was a devotee of Adelle Davis, a pioneer in good nutrition in the 1930s. My daughter didn’t meet a cookie until she was 2 years old. Organic eating costs no more than what many/most families spend on beer, cigarettes, meat, and drugs.

If you tend to be obese, I recommend Grant Petersen’s delightful book “Eat Bacon, Don’t Jog.” The body is smarter than the mind. If it tells you to do something, do it. If it wants you to rest, then rest. You’ll heal more quickly.

In closing, here’s a Tibetan prayer for living longer and well:

Eat half,

Walk double,

Laugh triple, and

Love without measure.

Carola Lacy

Ashland

Dyer is a veterans advocate

I have had the privilege and honor to know and work alongside Jackson County Commissioner Rick Dyer since 2014.

I sat on the Jackson County Veterans Advisory council as a voice and advocate for our veterans population. I got to see Rick take the concerns of the council and community and address the issues at hand with the utmost respect for all that were involved.

Rick always looked for the most efficient and effective ways to address the issues at hand. I watched first-hand as Rick Dyer put together a task force of community resources to address the Jackson County Greenway homeless population issues. Rick is a man of integrity and honesty and has great knowledge of local and state issues and resources to help make Jackson County a more desirable place to live. I invite everyone to vote to reelect Rick Dyer as our Jackson County commissioner.

Michael D. Whitfield

Medford