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Letters, Feb. 18

Ashland Food Project leaps into 2020

Thank you to our ever-generous green bag food donors in nearly 2,800 households, and the team of 150 neighborhood coordinators who did the heavy hauling on Feb. 8, arriving at the Ashland Emergency Food Bank with a whopping donation of 30,600 pounds of nonperishable food. A record for a February pick-up, and an inspiring jump-start for Ashland Food Project’s second decade!

We are grateful to Shop ’n’ Kart and Ashland Food Co-op, which have shown support for AFP’s mission in many ways throughout the years, most recently with donations to a dinner event held to honor those dedicated neighborhood volunteers who lend their time and muscle to our cause six times a year. We also appreciate the helpful staff and entertaining venue of Science Works.

For readers interested in learning about our effective effort to address the issue of food insecurity in our community, please check out ashlandfoodproject.com.

Ingrid Laursen, on behalf of the AFP Steering Committee

Ashland

Addiction

Addiction is a huge challenge in our culture. Whether it’s sugar, smoking, alcohol, sex, buying stuff, debt, soft drinks, whichever, they make our lives fall short of bringing us happiness, as claimed by advertisers.

There is a solution! Allan Carr’s book: The Easy Way to Stop Smoking (and other titles) has worked for 90% of addicts who have tried it. So far, 16 million of his books have been sold in 40 countries.

Carr smoked five packs a day for 30 years. When his brain came up with a solution to his addiction, he quit cold turkey, without any bad side effects ... no weight gain, no withdrawal pangs, and without using willpower. He guarantees you’ll find it easy to stop your addiction, or your money back.

Here’s an aside I want to share: We’re addicted to our belongings, when we really crave belonging.

By reading and following any of his books you are most likely to regain a healthy body and renewed joy in living. May it be so.

Carola Lacy

Ashland

OSU flies offensive flag

Oregon State University in Corvallis has refused to remove a renowned Nazi-equivalent flag from their building. The local community requested this removal as early as November, and has offered an alternative flag for display in their building. However, OSU states they are using this flag to honor students, not countries, governments, or politics.

Allowing the communist Vietnam flag to be raised is the equivalent of allowing the Nazi flag to be raised. This has long been a sensitive topic and it is the trigger of PTSD in over 2,000 Vietnamese students currently attending OSU whose grandparents, parents and/or they themselves were fortunate enough to have been able to survive the perilous journey by boat to flee from the dictatorial rule.

Common present-day communist tactics have received worldwide attention, as coronavirus-infected journalists and bloggers who beg for the world to help their countries disappear. Those who have not lived under the regime often underestimate the power of tyranny.

The communist flag displayed at OSU does not represent the students currently attending the school. It offends the students, their parents helping support them financially and emotionally, and their grandparents who have spent half their lives or over half their lives fighting in the war to give them one simple thing: freedom. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of press, freedom of assembly, freedom of petition — all the freedoms they would have otherwise taken for granted had it not been for their oppressed past.

Students, including international students from Vietnam who are afraid to speak out against the regime they still hold citizenship under, are kindly pleading with OSU to remove the communist flag of Vietnam and instead better represent the university’s student population by displaying Vietnam’s Freedom Flag, a yellow flag with three horizontal red stripes.

Minh Ly Tran

Ashland

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