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Letters to the Editor, May 16

Burns are outrageous

I can hardly express how outraged I am at the city’s “controlled burns” on Sunday. The smoke in my neighborhood was so bad I coughed and wheezed most of the night.

I’m elderly and on a fixed income and can’t afford to buy a filter unit for the house. What do you expect me to do. Move? I’m so tired of you playing with our lives. When we bend over backwards to try and clean the air, you are polluting it! And I pay for it. Your organization keeps getting bigger and bigger.

J. Anastasio


Thanks to students

On Saturday, the Ashland Food Project teamed with Ashland High School teacher Aimee Cork and 21 of her students and the AHS Key Club for the first student-led donor drive.

The students and Aimee met at the First United Methodist Church, received door knocking training, were given a map of a neighborhood to be covered and went into the community for 60 minutes to enroll new donors. The Ashland Food Project had a wonderful time with these enthusiastic students who gave up a Saturday morning to fight hunger in Ashland. We hope this will be the first of many student-led donor drives. We also greatly appreciate the time and energy Aimee provided to enlist the help of these students.

The Ashland Food Project would also like to thank the First United Methodist Church, Starbucks and Creekside Pizza for supporting our student-led donor drive. We look forward to a lasting partnership between Ashland High School and the Ashland Food Project.

Sally and Steve Russo

AFP Steering Committee

War risk rises

By withdrawing the U.S. from the landmark Iran nuclear deal, President Trump is dramatically increasing the risk of war.

The deal was working, and Iran was complying. But if the deal collapses, the cameras watching Iran’s uranium mines will go dark. The inspectors who monitor Iran’s nuclear facilities will be locked out.

Already, tensions between Iran and Israel are flaring up. All of this makes U.S. military confrontation with Iran more likely.

I hope that Rep. Greg Walden and Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley will press the administration to avoid war by reversing course.

Ken Deveney


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