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Letters, May 19

Keep the air clean

It’s been kind of nice to have less traffic on the streets. It’s also good to realize that this means less carbon dioxide and less carbon monoxide — less pollution. Here and elsewhere, people have noticed that the air is cleaner and healthier. This is due to less use of fossil fuels.

Recent research shows that less air pollution means a less serious reaction to COVID-19 and a lower death rate. Wouldn’t it be great if cleaner air could continue for years? Let’s do everything we can to reduce the use of fossil fuels, especially by power companies, agriculture, and other industries. Supporting clean energy development will give us cleaner air to breathe and may make the difference between life and death, as this current health crisis is showing us.

Ken Deveney

Ashland

And now for a bit of good news

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ashland Food Project asked our donors to contribute money directly to the Ashland Emergency Food Bank in lieu of our regular April pick-up of green bags. While we recognized that the need would be as great as it has ever been, we needed to keep our donors, our neighborhood coordinators and the volunteers at the AEFB safe and reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

We called and you answered! Once again we have been bowled over by the generosity of our community. Over $30,000 was donated to the AEFB during the month of April through AFP members. Thanks in part to AFP donors, George Kramer and the staff at AEFB have stocked shelves again and are helping members of our community most affected by this crisis put food on their tables.

Thank you AFP donors! You are shining stars in these difficult time. And a special thanks to our April and June card sponsors, the Ashland Food Co-op, Dr. White, and Dr. Ravassipour.

Karl Pryor

Ashland Food Project board member

Bear captured, euthanized

News flash to all residents of Ashland, you live in a wildlife habitat. Animals occupied and roamed freely millennia before humans descended upon this area.

My husband and I moved to Jackson County from an area where bear sightings were common. And yes, residents who left trash out, bird feeders easily accessed, and any other enticement to wildlife had unwelcome visitors to their yards. However, never was a bear euthanized because of that. Wildlife services simply sedated a roaming bear and moved it out of the area. A simple and humane solution.

We are building a house in Ashland and plan to take those same precautions with our own property. Wildlife should not always have to pay the price for human behavior.

Cynthia Cavanaugh

Medford

Love thy neighbor

Love thy neighbor as thy self. Practice social (physical) distancing and wear a mask when out in public.

Edith Montgomery

Ashland

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