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Letters to the Editor, Sept. 23

How about a tree?

No offense (I'm just an old fogy), but in my opinion the sculpture selected to be installed on Ashland's Gateway Island resembles an IUD, one of the banned ones. But maybe this is the least dangerous of the banned ones.

I wish it could've been some manner of tree that we could drape Christmas lights on. Just the quaint, foggy musings of an oldster.

But while I'm on the topic of "art," might I mention my secret wish for the bodies to come down? They've been just hanging there, in a static orbit around a spindle by the highway for years (at the Talent Studios). And the orbit is unnaturally circular, rather than elliptical — which brings to mind the old saying, "If a circle is perfect, the world is not round." Such is the world today, a world of perfect circles and invasive devices that drive us to madness.

And the necessary Nirvana of the aged: resignation.

"Oh, well." "C'est la vie!"

Patti Morey


Stand up for Oregon

Rogue Valley citizens, and beyond: We need you to defeat the pipeline.

We already have enough existing state and federal laws to deny this project. It is only by a critical mass of us that this proposal will be defeated. If you don' t know about what's at stake, email sarah@rogueriverkeeper.org, or call the Riverkeeper office at 541-488-9831.

This is too critical an issue to be ignored. Time is short; in late September Salem's Department of State Lands will announce its decision: Whether or not to authorize the pipeline. We must not fail. Email, write or leave a phone message to one or more of the following:

1. Gov. Kate Brown: www.governor@oregon.gov; State Capitol Building, 900 Court St. NE, Suite 160, Salem, OR 97301; 503-378-4582.

2. Department of State Lands: Mary M. Abrams, director of proprietary waterway authorizations; mary.m.abrams@state.or.us; 503-986-5224.

3. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Dick Pederson, director: pederson.dick@deq.state.or.us; 503-229-5300.

4. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Anton C. Porter, executive director, 888 First St. NE, Washington, DC 20426; 202-502-8300.

Thank you all for getting involved.

Carola Lacy


Book included letters

In the last three years, 72 letters to the editor were printed protesting the condition of our state and country. I wrote a book titled "Protesters United — Alternative Solutions," and included those 72 letters. The book can be purchased from your local bookstore, from Amazon.com or Xlibris.com.

Those 72 letters were from local people who could see their protests in book form and the solutions to our problems.

Edmond Dantes Vongehr


Letters to the Editor, Sept. 23