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Letters, Aug. 4

Who takes responsibility?

July 31 has come and gone, and with it the $600 federal unemployment lifeline that has sustained so many during the pandemic.

The federal response?

In the House, controlled by the Democratic Party, a bill to extend the unemployment benefits was included in a larger pandemic package passed in May. The House has been waiting for the Senate to act ever since.

In the Senate, controlled by the Republicans, there was no discussion until this past week, no agreement, and no bill resulted, so Mitch McConnell decided they all should take a vacation.

In the White House, Trump has played a record number of golf games at his resorts while Melania redesigns the Rose Garden.

Tell me, which party takes this situation seriously?

A. Bierce


Do the right thing

I was horrified by the video of how Tony Sancho was treated in the Jackson County Jail by the deputies of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. Community members had spoken to me about this incident to express their outrage.

I spoke with Chief O’Meara immediately to get the facts. Too often, it is easy to sit in front of the computer, create or amplify misinformation to emphasize the point one wants to make. When we see injustice, we can choose to look away, or spread misinformation to stir up emotions or to hold the ones responsible to do the right thing. To change the culture of oppression takes much more than sitting in front of the computer and spewing our outrage. It takes hard work.

We want systemic change. We are part of the system. To start, we need to hold ourselves accountable before we sit in front of the computer to cast our opinion. We need to check with ourselves and ask what our intention is, to fan the flame or to seek a solution? Opinions never change anything. If we want change, we need to work with the people who created the problem in the first place.

Congressman John Lewis’ words burn deep into my heart: “I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.”

Irene Kai, co-founder, Ashland Culture of Peace Commission


Ashland air traffic

In regard to the letter from Carol, living on Highway 66 south of the Ashland Airport: I am guessing that the writer is a non-pilot and not familiar with the longstanding and FAA accepted practice know as the Standard Traffic Pattern.

Planes fly a rectangular pattern around the airport, which ends with a landing. The left-hand pattern for the southern end of the Ashland Airport starts with the long “downwind” leg that roughly parallels the freeway. The next left-hand turn, the “Base Leg,” turns roughly over the golf course. Then the “Final Leg” is over the rural properties to the east of Highway 66. Aircraft are of necessity at lower altitudes at this time.

Be assured that all pilots are trained in emergency procedures, to be able to “make the field” if an engine should fail. And the planes we fly are well maintained with reliable engines. In fact, air travel is much safer than getting in your car!

Chris Adams


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