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Letters, April 6

Keep Peace Meals

What kind of community boots a group serving meals to the homeless out of their space through no fault of their own? Ashland Parks and Recreation appears to have their priorities mixed up. They say it not about the money but purely about “supply and demand.” I find that hard to believe.

It’s truly unfortunate that the Community Center had to be closed due to structural deficiencies and we can and should feel empathy for those groups who have been displaced due to the sudden closure of that building. But that doesn’t make it right to evict Peace Meals from a space they’ve been allowed to use for some time. At the very least, Peace Meals should be given the right of first refusal — in other words the opportunity to come up with whatever the rent would be.

But that would make it about the money. Parks and Recreation is not a for-profit group, but is this move much different from a no-cause eviction for any other type of tenant? Recently, the State of Oregon passed legislation to prevent those actions on residential rentals, perhaps Parks and Recreation should use that as a model.

I’m very disappointed that this action of forcing Peace Meals out has even been contemplated, let alone carried out. I urge Parks and Recreation to reconsider this misguided decision.

Phil Eschtruth Harrison


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