Our Opinion: Cheers and jeers
Before we get to the weekly picks and pans, a moment of respectful reflection on the passing of Medford City Councilor Karen Blair.
Blair died Wednesday after a long battle with lung cancer. A real estate broker, she was elected to the council in 2010 to represent southwest Medford's Ward 2. She was a 1970 graduate of Medford Senior High School.
City Council positions are unpaid, and demand a considerable commitment of time and energy. Blair will be remembered as a public servant dedicated to her city, and will be missed.
Cheers — to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and to Artistic Director Bill Rauch for the OSF-commissioned play "All The Way," which garnered the Tony Award for best Broadway play as well as the best-actor Tony for Bryan Cranston in the lead role of President Lyndon Johnson.
OSF was long ago placed on the map of top regional theaters for its general excellence. This latest accolade will burnish the festival's reputation even more.
Jeers — to another recall effort in Gold Hill, targeting City Council members for the wrong reasons and misusing the recall to settle a political grievance.
Gold Hill once was the setting for misguided recalls on a regular basis. We had hoped residents there had learned there are better ways to settle differences, but the council's recent 4-2 vote to license a medical marijuana dispensary has triggered a recall campaign against the four members who voted to approve the business.
Those behind the recall say the issue should have been put to a public vote. Nonsense. If city residents voted on every zoning change, there would be no need for a city council. The four councilors were doing what they were elected to do. Anyone who disagrees with their vote is welcome to run against one of them in the next available election.
Cheers — to Steven Cruthirds, the Lone Pine fifth-grader who became an Internet sensation after he found and returned Medford resident Jake Fry's driver's license along with a hand-written note urging Fry to pay forward the favor in the future. Fry posted a picture of Steven's note on the Internet site Reddit, where it garnered 2,400 comments, as well as attracting more than 2 million views on Imgur within 23 hours.
Congratulations to Steven, and to Fry for rewarding the 11-year-old for his good deed.
Cheers — to a homeless Rogue River man who rescued Amos the bunny from a Dumpster where his kidnapper or kidnappers apparently left him. Amos was snatched from his cage at Great Beginnings Preschool, where students took turns holding him and caring for him. The youngsters were overjoyed at the rabbit's return, and the school's operators have made sure to secure Amos's cage against any future abduction attempts.