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Letters, March 5

Meeting offers reassurance

In times of crisis, many people turn to their faith tradition and faith leaders for direction and reassurance. At South Mountain Friends Meeting we are committed to interfaith action to see a de-escalation of this crisis.

As Quakers, our faith (for many Friends and members of the broader community) is synonymous with peace, equality and community. Quakers have marched and advocated for civil rights, the protection of Black lives, environmental preservation, LGBTQ+ rights, and to stop war in all its forms.

Because of this history, when tragedy strikes, members of the larger community sometimes seek comfort in Quaker worship and spirituality. Our Meeting is available to the spiritual needs of these seekers and available for the broader needs of people across this land. You will be welcome with us. This is a time for us to cultivate the best in one another through our commitment to peace and honoring that of the divine in each and every person we meet.

Website: www.ashlandquakers.org

Email: ashlandquakers@gmail.com

Steve Radcliffe, South Mountain Friends Meeting


Proud of ODOT

I am a resident of Mountain View Estates in Talent. Fortunately, my house was saved by the owners Chris and Doye Hudson and their sons during the fire. There was no water to put out the fire at the back of my house, so they used bottled water I had in the driveway and in my storage unit. When that wasn’t enough, they refilled the gallon jugs at the swimming pool! Wonderful family. We are so fortunate to live here.

I want to take this opportunity to say how proud I am of the Oregon Department of Transportation! They are in the process of overseeing the removal of all the fire debris from the 144 houses that burned to the ground here (only 21 of us remaining). They are professional, courteous, incredibly tidy and have a strong work ethic. There’s no fooling around and I understand that when they start the removal of the properties on either side of me that they may offer to put you up at a motel for the night.

ODOT deserves a “well done” for their work here as we try to rebuild.

Joan Williamson


Divorce is messy

My loving mother once told me as she had struggled to divorce, “people don’t leave happy marriages,” and “one shouldn’t take family down in the drama.”

The letter from Talent’s recently separated city manager, Sandra Spelliscy, deserves a response.

We all likely agree that it’s hard to imagine a worse time to unanimously vote to separate employment than post-Almeda. Crisis often demonstrates that priorities are just too different and that it is past time to move on.

There is no value in addressing Sandy’s viewpoints with differing points. I do believe, however, that it is important to state that the single biggest priority just prior to separation of employment was to bring our families back home, as stated by community in a post-fire town hall. This required a strategy designed to attract and accommodate emergency housing, and to streamline the permitting process. Instead, barriers to strategies went up that since have been remedied.

Positive change is in progress under Interim City Manager Jamie McLeod-Skinner. She immediately invited FEMA into Talent to look at several locations for emergency housing, which among the many included a “last choice” contingency city site occupied by Little League. Her excellent communication skills resulted in a good understanding for all those impacted.

After my mother’s divorce, she wished my father well and moved on for the sake of family. I wish my father had done the same, but despite agreements, he never could put family above his misplaced blame.

These opinions are my own.

Mayor Darby Ayers-Flood, 2015-present


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