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Letters, Oct. 3

Not about the footprint

While the recent Tidings editorial questioning the city’s Imperatrice solar farm project is welcomed, it suffers from a few errors. I want to remedy one of them here, because the public really needs to understand how solar arrays in Ashland indeed represent greenhouse gas reduction.

The Tidings suggested that an Ashland solar facility producing renewable energy would merely replace that much BPA clean, renewable hydropower energy delivered here, and therefore not reduce Ashland’s carbon footprint at all. This view is incorrect, because the solar project is not aimed at the carbon footprint, but at our contribution to greenhouse gas reduction.

When an Ashland system generates its energy, it adds to the total amount of renewable energy in the Northwest. The equivalent BPA energy not needed here is then made available to other BPA customers. Since it is relatively low-cost and very attractive, it sells. What it will replace in turn, elsewhere, is more expensive, less desirable fossil or nuclear fuel in the Northwest.

The net result is more total clean energy, due to Ashland’s project.

Now, the important point I wish to make is this: While carbon footprinting is indeed local, carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas is not — it is atmospheric, not geographically specific. Generating and using renewable energy anywhere reduces the corresponding carbon dioxide increase globally, not locally.

One of the major things people should realize about the Imperatrice solar farm is that it represents the Climate & Energy Plan goals far more than anything else the city has considered. Since it leaves 92 percent of Imperatrice untouched, all of the conservation concerns are almost entirely overwrought.

As for the economics: Large-scale solar not only pays for itself, but turns a tidy profit over the decades of its expected lifetime. Of course, in order to realize this, Ashland has to ameliorate two problems: the possible BPA and Pacific Power liabilities associated with (get this!) Ashland using and transporting less BPA energy.

Tom Marvin


Re-elect Dyer

Please join me in re-electing Rick Dyer as our county commissioner.

I have known Rick for nearly 30 years and have found him to be a caring, compassionate and positive influence in our community. His tireless involvement in the community and the MBA Basketball Program shows that he is a man of service and integrity who truly wants the best for Jackson County.

Rick has been a part of the MBA Program for the past five years, volunteering numerous hours coaching, help in organizing teams, and a board member this past year. The MBA Program strives to provide leadership and positive mentoring to the youth in our community. Rick has been a part of making this possible.

I know he will continue to serve the county with the same passion he exhibits in all of his endeavors.

Manny Crump,

Director, Manny’s Basketball leagues


Voting for Landt

I will vote for Rick Landt to continue as parks commissioner.

I served on the commission with Rick for several years. Whether we agreed or not, I appreciated his directness as well as his willingness to work with others to incorporate their ideas and concerns. His long history of involvement in the Ashland community brings needed perspective.

Rick keeps community values and long-term planning in mind while paying careful attention to budgets and the details that need attention in the course of carrying out a project or program.

JoAnne Eggers


Voting for Jensen

I am writing to support Stephen Jensen for Ashland City Council. I have known and worked with Steve for 20 years.

I believe that a valuable councilman (or any publicly elected official) will be motivated by a desire to improve the community for all of the constituents. To accomplish this, one has to be selfless, good-natured, a little bit on fire, and command a strong sense of the issues facing Ashland. Steve has all these skills.

I have witnessed Steve’s successful leadership style in working with students, parents and coworkers. He can study and understand a problem and then explain it to others because he is, first, an excellent listener.

I wholeheartedly support Stephen Jensen for Ashland City Council and urge you to vote for Steve!

Mike Vediner


What can we do?

On Sept. 21 the Emigrant Lake release into Bear Creek was 43 cubic feet per second. On Sept. 30 it was 10 cfs. This is not enough to yield high quality water. And the salmon are coming!

What can we do? The lake is only 10 percent full.

Spike Breon


A vote for Kramer

I have known George Kramer for 36 years, ever since he moved in next door to us in 1982.

Over the years, George has shown us that he is a wizard at solving problems. He is very skilled and innovative, well-spoken, and has an amazingly vast knowledge base. He also has a kind heart and is willing to lend a hand in any given situation. He shows a great interest in community, family and friends. I have no doubt that he would be a great asset to the Ashland City Council and I ask you to consider joining me in voting for George for Seat No. 6.

Ellie Read


Vote for Wilstatter

I encourage everyone to consider casting their vote for Al Wilstatter for Council Position 3.

Al, a former councilor and longtime resident, knows Ashland. He frequently attends City Council meetings and is up to date on the most important issues Ashland is facing. He is objective and would want all to have their opinions heard. Rarely do we have an opportunity to vote for a senior citizen with his expertise and wisdom.

I first met Al and his wife Edie when they first moved to Ashland and they became the owners of Twin Plunges. I know Al to be a man of integrity, with no agenda, but only to serve in the best interests of all Ashland’s citizens. A vote for Al will give thoughtful and independent review of any matter brought up for review or approval at our council meetings.

Joan Drager


Not what we want

Sniveling, pouting and petulance; the act might win a prize in Hollywood, but is it what one wants in a Supreme Court judge?

Margaret K. St. Clair


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