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Letters to the Editor, Sept. 20

Bear memorial explained

It was impressive to read that a local newspaper would publish an article regarding a "memorial" for a bear that had been struck and killed by a driver traveling south along Interstate 5.

The "powdery substance" reported by Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Gary Leaming was cornmeal. The described "incense" was sweetgrass.

Mr. Leaming said, "It is a little unusual." It may be for him, but not for others whom practice a ceremonial offering and prayer for animals in distress, dying or dead.

It is a usual act of many people's lives to practice their cultural heritage and religious rites when coming upon such a scene. Honoring life, saying thank you, saying "I'm sorry," all are part of daily practices.

I hope that ODOT and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife employees become more familiar with such ceremonies and are impressed with being honored to witness a sacred Selu Cornmeal Blessing, and that it becomes a usual, daily practice for them.

Coyote Marie Hunter-Ripper

Ashland

Volunteer at Providence

I am writing to thank Jana Billeci, coordinator, the officers and other volunteers at the Providence Hospital Guild for letting me join their warm and loving group.

Volunteering has afforded me hours of joy, learning about people, making new friends and the ability to join a group of warm, friendly, fun people who love what they do. I have been invited to the luncheons, ice cream socials and bunco games. All of those things are nice, but the best thing is finding a purpose.

It may not seem like much to direct people to the restroom or registration or the CCU, but I’ve learned that many of those patients or visitors are feeling a great deal of stress and a friendly face or ear is helpful to them for those few seconds of our interactions. So, thank you Providence for letting me join the Providence family that means so much to me.

If you have four hours a week with nothing to do, come see us and join. It is a wonderful family and we take good care of each other as well as the public we serve.

Joyce Chapman

Shady Cove

Why stop there?

About "Our View," Sept. 15: "Free lunch for all has benefits."

Though you referred to school lunches, why stop there? Why not free bologna for the whole family? Federal money is free; all they need to do is speed up the printing presses. We also get a glut of free advice, better ignored.

Hidden costs? 1. Fat children. 2. Economic devastation.

Never trust fed advice for nutrition. (Lobbyists control the information.) If the USDA recommends it, the opposite may be true.

Less salt? A reason food goes to trash. Low-fat milk? Proved to be fattening. Whole grains? Used to fatten cows, but no cow can live long on grain fare. It's not the best for us, either, with poor digestion and toxins. Veggies? Yes, but with butter or lard to absorb vitamins and minerals.

Sack lunches from home are not likely to be worse that USDA fare.

Ira Edwards

Medford

A good night's sleep

With great interest I read Sharon Johnson’s Sunday, Sept. 13 column, "A good night’s sleep can do wonders".

The suggestion of making the bedroom darker is urgently important. However, I was dismayed that other simple suggestions were not mentioned: 1) Turn the heat down to 68, even 65 degrees; the body settles into sleep faster. 2) Beyond alcohol, don’t drink any liquids two hours before bed. 3) Most importantly, if you must watch TV or use the computer before bed, wear blue blockers. These easily purchased glasses take out the blue of the color spectrum that signals "wake up."

I know. I’ve suffered sleep dysfunction for over 10 years. These recommendations work.

Ahna Lich

Ashland

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 20