Letters to the Editor, July 24
Cooling center thanks
We had over 241 visits (35 to 70 per day) to the Emergency Cooling Center in Ashland on July 12-16. There are many groups and people to thank for working together with very short notice to make the Cooling Center happen:
- Options for Helping Residents of Ashland (OHRA) for organizing community partners to offer 5 days of cooling center (July 12-16).
- The city of Ashland for hosting for three of five days of cooling center (July 12-14).
- First United Methodist Church for hosting two of five days of cooling center (July 15-16).
- Vanessa Houk for serving as hostess for five days.
- The Crock Pot Brigade and many volunteers for providing food, snacks and refreshing beverages.
- The Listening Project, OHRA, Peace House, Peace Meal, South Mountain Friends Meeting (Quakers), Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice, and other community partners for recruiting volunteers on a very short notice.
- Temple Emek Shalom and Grace Point Church of the Nazarene for agreeing to be “back up” hosts, if needed!
Phil Johncock, volunteer
Sincerity is a beautiful thing. I just recently have discovered the power of this word.
Being an actor in the world of theater, sometimes it is assumed that sincerity is lacking. I have had interactions with people who assume that because you are an actor, everything you do has the potential to be an act. It is the fear we face that things might not be what they seem.
This is where sincerity comes in. How can you not embrace sincerity? When applied, then you are who you are. You are genuine.
I want to be sincere in all aspects of my life, from my moments onstage to my everyday walk. My prayer is that I can better understand this word and this way of being. I think we all would like to see more sincerity, especially when paired with goodness, and then things would take a turn to becoming sincerely good.