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Letters, Dec. 23

A new labyrinth

The labyrinth room with its mystical aura, the New Year experience that many of us have treasured for many years, will not be here this year.

But we have a new labyrinth to share.

Yesterday I walked the wall of names in Railroad Park, reading each name on each tee. It was a slow walk gently spiced with contemplation. Each name whispered back, “Thank you for saying my name.”

This, I thought, is a feeling that needs to be shared.

Take your family, or go alone. Walk the wall, saying each name. If children are with you, ask them to read the names. Older children might research a few names and tell you about the individuals represented. Younger children might take a short list that you have compiled and work together to find each tee on the wall. Let them tell you what these tees represent, who these people are.

Don’t be dissuaded that this “labyrinth” is not shown in circles. Talk about how circuitous thinking and sharp missteps have created this wall and its true length. Talk about how we can protect each other, how we can help each other. Look out over the hills in the background and talk about how we can protect the land as well. Talk about how respect for the land, and respect for each other, are so entwined.

Do this sometime between now and New Years Day. If we are very blessed, one day we may be able to soften this wretched memory.

MaryAnn Shank

Ashland

Lockdowns are unjust

I have spent the last six months fuming at the injustice of Gov. Brown’s lockdowns.

I have felt for my friends who own businesses seeing their life’s work being destroyed. I have watched my grandchildren suffer through sub-par learning online. Now I read that Cascade school is being fined for holding classes in person.

From the article it is plain that they are being very careful and no one is getting sick. I see the governor on TV saying opening is up to the district but that is obviously a lie. I applaud Grace Cascade Christian Schools for actually caring about their students. All this for a disease that primarily affects the aged with serious underlying conditions and barely affects children.

Karen Hartley

Talent

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