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Letters to the Editor, March 5

Craterian is vital

Regarding the Feb. 24 dance concert at the Craterian Theater featuring the Spellbound Contemporary Ballet: The caliber of dancers in this company from Rome was, without a doubt, world-class.

The choreography and movement vocabulary this company presented pushed the bounds of dance as art. Especially in the piece following intermission, the dancers' ensemble work showed lyrical aspects of dance with such precision and grace that this viewer was in awe.

Throughout the evening the dancers, placed in sound environments from fractious to beautifully melodic, portrayed many facets of human relationships. These dancer-actors told eloquent stories, from light to dark, in dynamic, nonverbal, physical language.

I could go on at length about the performance, but my primary point is to say thank you to the Craterian's board of directors, staff and volunteers. Thank you for the broad range of your programming and for continuing to bring artists to the Rogue Valley whose works are on the leading edge of their art forms. Thank you for expanding the scope of your mission to include young audiences and to facilitate works created locally.

The Craterian Theater is a vital aspect of the greater Southern Oregon community.

Chris Sackett

Ashland

The fracking bubble

For several years there have been predictions that the fracking of shale to extract crude oil and natural gas would become a bubble. Those predictions are now coming true. The predictors understood both the relevant science/technology and the psychology of market players. One good source for current data, with analysis from that perspective, is www.artberman.com/blog/.

Extraction rates of fracked wells fall very quickly compared to those of conventional wells. Detailed seismic mapping of U.S. shale plays pinpointed the “sweet spots” that were exploited first. The American Petroleum Institute did not reveal those facts in their advertising. Instead they misled investors into believing that the initial surge would continue.

This newspaper’s business page for Feb. 15 includes the article “Revenge of Main Street” (also at http://apne.ws/21Ksn7K). Consumers and small businesses reaped benefits while Wall Street and big businesses (especially oil) were set back by low prices for crude oil. With the popping of the fracking bubble, U.S. oil imports and prices will go back up. Someday a popping bubble will take down our whole economy. Have we learned nothing from the real estate bubble of the previous decade?

Dean Ayers

Medford

Oppose timber sale

The Nedsbar timber sale is a large, landscape-scale timber management project proposed by the BLM in the Applegate Valley that is strongly opposed by many Applegate Valley residents.

The project proposes to log healthy, old forests, build new logging roads into sensitive areas and increase fire hazards by logging large, fire-resistant trees and drastically removing forest canopies. These heavily opened canopies will dry forests through an increase in sun and wind while growing large quantities of brush.

The result is the opposite of fuel reduction. The loss of forest canopy and large diameter trees will also affect  the habitat of the northern spotted owl and Pacific fisher.

Much of the Nedsbar Timber Sale will take place in the viewshed of the popular Sterling Ditch Trail, while some of the most troubling timber sale units are located directly adjacent to the proposed Jack-Ash Trail, a hiking trail that would link the communities of Jacksonville and Ashland.

If you enjoy the scenic vistas of the Sterling Ditch Trail or the wild beauty of the Applegate Valley, please help us stop this timber sale. The BLM’s Environmental Assessment for Nedsbar will be released in mid-April. For more information visit: www.thesiskiyoucrest.blogspot.com.

Luke Ruediger

Jacksonville

The purpose of life

The Lord put man on earth to live together, to accept the other person's right to think. To have their individual thoughts, ideas and beliefs.

Henry Ford said, "Thinking is the hardest work there is, that's why so few engage in it."

Do not critique. Others may think you are a little crazy, too.

Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a tough battle. They don't need to add your negative thought.

If you can't say anything nice, be quiet. John Wayne said, "Talk low, talk slow and don't say too much!" Let the other person have his day in the sun. You will feel better too.

Look at the other person like he is the most important person in the world.

Smile! Be sincere!

Never be afraid to voice your thoughts and ideas for fear of ridicule or not being accepted.

Mahatma Gandhi said, "What you do will be insignificant but it is very important that you do it."

Do it!

Hugh Hendrickson

Medford

Don't support lawbreakers

The asphalt plant in Talent, Mountain View Paving, may no longer produce asphalt in that location. However, it continues to crush RAP (recycled asphalt product) there, which puts asbestos and other compounds proven to be harmful to human health into the air and soil.

It does not have appropriate permits such as a floodway permit. It is an unlawful operation.

Not only is Jackson County not shutting down this unlawful operation, but the county supports the operation by buying product from it.

This should stop immediately.

Richard Keleshian

Talent

Letters to the Editor, March 5