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Letters, Sept. 9

Setting the record straight

Talent Planning Commissioners Derek Volkart and Joi Riley have shown a curious interest in some aspects of my personal life, as evidenced by Volkart’s public comments to the Talent City Council at a recent meeting, and Riley’s republishing of those comments on social media.

To set the record straight, I do live in a net-zero home in Ashland constructed by KDA Homes, of which I am very proud. They are wrong, however, when they claimed that I made a promotional video for the company. The client testimonial video I appeared in was for True South Solar, the local renewable energy company that installed the 5.5-kw solar generating system on my house. The system not only supplies the electricity for my home, but also powers the all-electric Chevy Bolt EV in my garage. I encourage Volkart and Riley to join me in my (almost) carbon-free lifestyle.

Sandra Spelliscy


It’s DuQuenne for City Council

I first met Gina DuQuenne in 2009. I was impressed from the beginning. She was the events planner for the Ashland Springs Hotel. Gina has the know-how to make things work. I witnessed her successful technique when she founded the SOPride event — a success from the first and it has grown since.

Working with the city, Gina single-handedly brought a weekend of many thousands of dollars to Ashland businesses. She is tenacious. She knows how to get things done with panache. Yet not once have I seen her seek the limelight.

Gina gets what makes Ashland Ashland — from our small businesses and tourism to the unhoused.

Please check out her website: ginaforthepeople.com.

Once you meet her she will always be Gina, but in case you are puzzled by her last name it is pronounced “do cane,” and Gina can do and will do!

Christine Donchin


Bolton’s book illuminating

I just finished reading “The Room Where It Happened” by John Bolton. He is a far-right conservative and proud of it. Despite whatever opinions you may have about Bolton, no one has ever accused him of being a liar.

In his book, he calls Trump a pathological liar and a moron. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who graduated first in his class at West Point, told Bolton that Trump is “a total moron.”

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson described Trump as a “total idiot.”

Trump’s former chief of staff, Gen. Kelly, described working for Trump as “the most horrible job I’ve ever had.” Kelly said Trump is “the worst president in our history.”

And these are the people Trump hired.


Pete Toogood


All hands on deck

Every day we see reports of how many people in our country have died from COVID-19. So far we’ve lost 185,000 people.

I try to imagine what a crowd of that size would look like. The San Fransisco Giant’s Oracle Park seats 41,915 people. The number of people who’ve died from COVID-19 so far would fill almost four and a half Oracle Parks.

The number of those who’ve died so far from COVID-19 is a 9/11 attack every day for two months. It is flying a full 737 airplane into a mountain every single day for more than two years.

I completely fail to understand why this is not an all-hands-on-deck national emergency.

Linda Jacobs


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