Letters, Oct. 11
A win for Ashland
Ashland is fortunate to have the service of Steve Jensen on its City Council. His vast experience in diverse fields from lumber yard manager to high school teacher to watershed management, gives him an unrivaled perspective.
I’ve known Steve for 30 years to be thoughtful, knowledgeable, honest and always open to considering varied opinions. He’s a team player and overall nice guy. Really! Vote with me to let Steve Jensen continue the good work he’s started in Ashland.
Vote for Golden
One of the most urgent issues in our lives is the rapidity of atmospheric warming. We no longer need worry about sounding like Chicken Little. The enormity of the issue is here and now.
Jeff Golden is aware, and has been aware for years, of the catastrophic possibilities looming large. His approach to the issue is to take action where action can be taken, right now. This includes strategically managing our forests so they become healthier and more fire resilient (not clearcutting); this includes stopping the Jordan Cove LNG project, which would be the largest fossil fuel emitter in the state. Jeff’s opponent claims to not support Jordan Cove, but in her role with the Medford Chamber, she clearly is in support of the project.
A vote for Jeff Golden is a vote for a healthier Oregon and a healthier planet for all of us now, and for future generations.
Voting for Kramer
We are writing in support of George Kramer for City Council Position 6 in Ashland.
George is a pragmatic progressive who is deeply invested in the future of our community. George has worked and raised a family in our community. He is an active citizen with a depth of understanding of the issues facing our community as we head into the 2020s.
George shares our belief that Ashland can be a city that is home to the struggling, the striving and the successful. His years of dedicated volunteering for the Ashland Food Bank shows he gives freely of his time to those in need. His educational and professional experience with historic preservation and the practical aspects of construction would be a tremendous resource for our City Council.
Who could help us address homelessness and facilitate the construction of truly affordable housing? George Kramer. Join us in voting for him.
Erin and Ed Finklea
Elect Thuren, Witt
I urge Jackson County voters to pay special attention to two races for the Jackson County Board of Commissioners on the Nov. 6 ballot. Amy Thuren (Position 1) and Lanita Witt (Position 3) are outstanding — and complementary — candidates for the board.
A mother of teenagers, Amy Thuren has led the American Red Cross, Consumer Credit Counseling and a public charter school. Amy understands the challenges facing families struggling to survive in the Rogue Valley. She’ll build partnerships with businesses, nonprofits and community organizations that are vital to our social service, public safety and economic development goals.
Lanita Witt is a retired obstetrician/gynecologist and a 30-year ranch owner on Grizzly Peak. She knows that community wellness requires that we take excellent care of both people and our extraordinary natural resources.
Lanita and Amy will bring energy and wisdom to our county commission. Please join me in electing them on Nov. 6.
Support Ashland bond
The Ashland School District bond that will come before Ashland voters this November is a smart and effective way to ensure that our children receive the education we know they need to take their place in the world as productive, healthy adults.
Along with typical facilities needs, the bond addresses new issues, such as sustained high temperatures, wildfire smoke, student security, and the possibility of a Cascadia earthquake.
The bond committee toured all of the district’s facilities, reviewed engineering reports, incorporated district and community feedback and grappled with questions about how the district might begin to move forward in developing renewable energy.
As one of the community co-chairs of this committee, I am pleased that we arrived at a responsible, fiscally sound bond proposal that meets the needs of our children. In spite of new challenges, our commitment to our children remains strong.
Tonya Graham, bond committee co-chair
Support school bond
Passing the upcoming bond measure is critical to providing quality education for our kids. The bond committee spent nearly a year evaluating each school’s needs and compromising to come up with a plan to take us into an ever-changing future. We now have a bond measure that deserves all of our support.
While our district takes great care and pride in our aging facilities, we have extended their usefulness beyond expectations. It is time to re-invest in our facilities in order to provide suitable learning environments that match current standards.
Our amazing and dedicated teachers deserve our support in providing safe and workable environments creating a place where our kids can learn and be ready for the future.