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City's sour grapes

Doyle. Yup! No surprises here, let's investigate Mr. Doyle! I've known him many years and find him a champion to the letter of law. I have no doubt he can withstand bar scrutiny.

I agree with Mr. Mansfield's points. It is sour (or rotten) grapes. I believe it'll be a cold day the city, its (present) manager and certain members of its council are capable of shame felt for anything. A bad business? You betcha! - J.D. Waite, Medford

WIB still standing

Women in Black (WIB) are observing their third anniversary. They have silently stood at noon every Wednesday in Vogel Plaza, remembering war victims and bearing witness to the alternative of nonviolence. When they began this vigil no WIB participant expected to still be standing three years later. The Iraq war continues with no end in sight. WIB resolve to continue also. Please have the courage and take the time to stand with WIB. - George McCartin, Jacksonville

A day for peace

Today, March 18, various groups and individuals will come together to commemorate the third anniversary of the war in Iraq. It will be a day for listening to each other, a day for parading for peace, a day for silently carrying the light of peace.

Listening to others whose ideas, opinions, and beliefs differ from our own is very challenging. However, listening is the key ingredient for resolving our differences and conflicts peacefully; for reducing the polarization that divides us into the right and the wrong.

The day will include a listening experience at the A Street Market Place from 9 to 11 a.m. moderated by Jeff Golden, a parade for peace forming at the Ashland Armory at 2 p.m. and the Ashland library at — p.m., singing, dancing, art and street theater at the Plaza from 11:30 a.m. to dusk, and a candlelight vigil for peace at dusk at the Plaza. Come and join Citizens for Peace and Justice, Applegate Citizens for Political Change, Code Pink, League of Women Voters of Ashland, Peace House, and many others as we work together for a peaceful and just world for all. - Anita Dygert-Gearheart, Chair, Peace House Board of Directors

Unimpressive comments

Thanks, Sid DeBoer, for some insight into the management and philosophies at Lithia Motors. To say that your comments, regarding the lawsuit brought against Lithia by Hussain Adel, were unimpressive is an understatement. That harassment, racial slurs and a hostile work environment "are very expensive" for you, "not earthshaking" and "all in a course of doing business" is revealing and appalling.

You may say that you do all that you can to deter it, but nowhere in your interview was there an apology or a promise to implement stronger controls and a zero tolerance policy. Thanks for confirming that the good ol' boy system is still alive and well and that tolerance is not a priority for your company. Your business practices are just one more example of what is wrong with the world today. - J. Ellicott, Jacksonville

Politics of logging

The recent decision by the U.S. Forest Service to log roadless old-growth forests in the Biscuit fire area this summer (Biscuit Fire Logging Expected this Summer 3/10/06) smacks of politics rather than science.

Many local timber planners are doing their best to implement non-controversial second-growth timber sales that will provide sustainable supplies of wood fiber and local jobs while improving forest health. Unfortunately, highly ranked political appointees in the Forest Service, like current Undersecretary of Agriculture and former timber industry lobbyist Mark Rey, are far more interested in timber politics, than in forest health.

As we now know, last year's tragic logging of old-growth reserves in the Biscuit fire area did not restore forest health, provide local jobs or bring communities together. While the giant old-growth trees in the back-country were clearcut, much needed thinning of flammable second-growth trees around homes and communities was neglected.

This year the irreplaceable roadless forests of the Kalmiopsis will be logged to benefit a handful of politically connected Douglas County mills, while local communities will again be left to watch their old-growth, wildlife, recreation and tourism roll away on the back of log trucks heading north. - George Sexton, Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center, Ashland

A vote for my dog

What they call down south a Yellow-Dog Democrat would sooner vote for a "yaller dawg" than a Republican. I've always voted Democratic, but I'm about to vote for a yaller dawg - which is to say that I'm going to become an Independent.

It's just too easy not to become a Republican. I care about national security. So I recently asked our Congressman Walden for just his voting record, no speeches, on terrorism, defense, and intelligence. I'm not sure why, but I had a hunch that he was ashamed of it, so I said that I assumed that he was not. I didn't say "boo" about my politics.

I got no answer.

Now, where I've been, if you want votes, have a record and are proud of it, you brag on it, just a little. Otherwise, well, Walden's silence speaks loudly enough to let on that he is ashamed. I suppose that if I had voted to fight terrorism by locking up a Pakistani sheepherder as one of the "worst of the worst" and throwing away the key, I'd be ashamed, too.

I own three dogs, one of them is yaller, and he's in a fair way to get my vote. - Michael L. Hays, Ashland