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Letters, Nov. 30

My new friend in the aisle

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday when family and friends gather for a three-day extravaganza of cooking, laughing and good company. This year is different due to COVID-19 and, like many, because of profound personal loss.

As this year winds down and with the holidays upon us, I so want to see friends and family. However, like many, we’ve planned the recommended small household gatherings instead. I am fine with this, but one thing I like best about Thanksgiving (and holidays in general) is the spirit of generosity and sharing; as such, I realized that this spirit can extend to the greater community through food donations.

Later, at Safeway, I met a woman in the aisle and, conscious of my heaping cart, I told her my plan. We had a lovely, brief, “masked” chat. When I went to pay, I found $40 tucked in amongst the canned goods, potatoes, eggs, flour, etc. To top it off, the manager extended discounts.

With my heart full from others’ generosity, I dropped off 190 pounds of food to the Food Pantry and distributed food to homeless downtown. Happy holidays and many thanks to the generosity of my new friend in the aisle.

Adrienne Hill


Attention must be paid

Aidan Ellison, a 19-year-old young Black man, was shot and killed by Robert Paul Keegan, a 47-year old white man. According to police reports, this was precipitated by Aidan playing his music too loud outside of the Stratford Inn in Ashland.

There is something wrong when local media suggest our compassion should go to the man who did the killing.

When reporting on the man who shot and killed Aidan, News 10 shared the GoFundMe effort for Keegan, who lost his home in the Almeda fire, saying that “Bob is a devoted dad with a huge heart, volunteering regularly at (his son’s) school and providing a loving and safe environment for his son to grow up.” Nothing was said about Aidan, who attended Ashland High School.

If you believe that Black lives matter, attend the vigil for the court hearing of the man who killed Aidan. It is being held at the Jackson County Justice Building at 100 S. Oakdale Ave. at 3:45 p.m. this Wednesday, Dec. 2. While nothing will bring back Aidan Ellison, attention needs to be paid to the victim.

If our community is silent, what does it say about us?

Adrienne Simmons


‘Underlying conditions’ masks reality

Ever notice that whenever the media announce COVID-19 deaths they always make a point of adding “underlying medical conditions” to the news?

Now it’s taken a while for me to realize this, but when I see or hear those words, my own subconscious is telling me, “Oh well, those poor people were going to die anyway, so it’s not so bad.” Kind of takes away some of the shock, so to speak. Anyone else feel this way?

Now I am not insinuating that this is a media conspiracy or anything, but the fact of the matter is this: These poor victims are dead, and nothing is going to bring them back. “Underlying” does not make it any better or less tragic. These people are dead.

Let’s just hope and pray that this terrible scourge ends soon and, more importantly, that COVID-20 is not right around the corner.

Gary Pendergast


Bogus fraud claim mutates

A recent letter to the editor revealed the next two mutations to the bogus voter fraud conspiracy.

First, this sinister plot was so wide-spread, so well-conceived, so organized and secretive that the “elite strike squad” was unable, so far, to unearth any evidence but, given time and enough donated money, evidence will surely be brought to light.

The second mutation is that when evidence is never found, it’s because the “deep state” has subverted the investigation.

Mike Mooney


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