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Letters to the Editor, Nov. 5

Beats me

A Filipino friend once told me, "The English language is so violent!" She was being brutally honest, but it killed me — just burned me up. She hit me in a tender spot.

I pick my battles, so I kept quiet. But if push came to shove, I'd give it a shot, and go to her country to listen to how people shoot off their mouths there. I've wanted to see those islands, so I'd be killing two birds with one stone. It would be a blast!

For now, I'll just bite the bullet — roll with the punches. But one day I may take a stab at finding out the truth. Was she right? Is English really violent? Beats me.

Ambuja Rosen


The real Tonia

Don’t let the smile on Tonia’s campaign literature fool you. Beyond that smile are the eyes of a tenacious bulldog worrying at a bone. That is the real Tonia; when she receives a problem she attacks it with full force, and won’t give up until she has reached the best possible solution.

She will use that tenacity as a state Senator, seeking the best solution, leaving no stone unturned to reach a fair and reasonable solution. She does her homework, and will use all resources available to protect her constituents’ individual requirements and the needs of Southern Oregon.

Our family personally experienced that tenacity over 10 years ago and we have never forgotten her hard work in securing the best settlement possible.

Give her your vote and support. She will be good for you personally, and for Southern Oregon as an area that needs personal, persistent representation.

Alberta Apenes


Vote yes on Measure 100

Oregonians can do their part to preserve endangered species before it’s too late. It’s hard to believe that today in Oregon, wildlife poachers and traffickers can exploit weak laws and regulations to sell ivory, rhino horn, tiger parts, sea turtle shells and other endangered species’ parts with little risk of being caught or prosecuted. Consumer demand (including in Oregon) gives poachers and traffickers incentive to kill more of these endangered animals to make a profit.

We must close the Oregon market for trade in endangered animal parts and products. Measure 100 bans the in-state sale of 12 types of imperiled animals — elephants, rhinos, lions, tigers, sharks, pangolins, cheetahs, jaguars, leopards, rays, whales and sea turtles.

Similar bans are already in place in Hawaii, California and Washington. Do the right thing and join me in voting yes for Measure 100!

Leigh Hood


Thanks for support

With support from over 650 registrants, over 400 Monster Ball guests, approximately 120 volunteers, including 31 AHS Key Club members, and the generous donations from the nearly 150 corporate, business, and individual sponsors, the eighth annual Monster Dash Run for Education and Monster Ball was a huge success. Thank you!

This event was hosted by the Ashland Kiwanis Club, the Ashland Schools Foundation, and leading sponsor Yogurt Hut to raise funds for Ashland School’s classroom grant program. Because of this event, hundreds of students will receive an enriched education in the arts, sciences, and across the curriculum.

Congratulations to the race participants, all the volunteers and sponsors, and to the general public for supporting this fundraiser.

Ron Parker

Ashland Kiwanis Club

Thanks for support

Thank you to the following downtown restaurants who provided delicious hors d’oeuvres for the Medford/Alba Sister City’s fourth annual “Taste of Alba”: Beer Works, Bohemian Club, Capers, Grape St. Bar & Grill, Habaneros, Jefferson Spirits, Larks, Misoya Bistro, Paisans, Porters and Soo Rah.

And, thank you to the patrons who supported our wine walk. We plan on using the revenue generated from this event to cover entertainment costs when the Italian students from Alba visit us in the fall of 2017.

Mary Jo Follett

Medford/Alba board member

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 5