Letters to the Editor, March 2
It is not too late
I do not live in the city of Medford, however, if I did I would be at City Hall asking them why they are letting Logos school build on five acres of the Wes Howard Sports Park.
This land was donated by Wes Howard in 2003 for a sports park. The land has been neglected since 2003 when it was willed to the city. They built, I believe, two soccer fields at the back of the property, which except for a few months of the year are chained off and not available. The least they could have done would have been to clean it up and plant grass and trees. It would have been a nice park like the one on Stewart Avenue that everyone could enjoy.
This is a small fracture in the trust, and fractures always get bigger. Logos is paying $1 year for 100 years, so in effect a small percentage will be able to take advantage, leaving the rest of Medford families in the cold.Take note it is not accomplished since they are still trying to legalize this land grab.
Robert A. Hammer
Don’t miss Roxander
On Feb. 4 this year, I was invited by a young friend to attend her dress rehearsal for a ballet competition in Las Vegas. She and seven other students had been selected by their instructors at the Roxander Academy of Ballet.
I was delighted to attend since I had seen the Roxander school’s performance of the Nutcracker in December and found it to be delightful and very well done. All eight students at the rehearsal performed classical and contemporary ballet with great skill and professionalism.
In June this year, StudioRoxander will be presenting Surealia at the Crater High School theater. Do yourself a favor and plan to attend, if for no other reason than to see what young people can do with determination and hard work — and to see the future stars of national ballet groups.
When is enough, enough?
About 20 years ago, Australia instituted comprehensive legislation with the intent to prevent mass shootings. In the U.S. of A., our politicians do nothing while a single individual has unfettered access to a weapon designed to indiscriminately kill our children and our grandchildren. For “30 pieces of silver,” those who should know better, exalt the Second Amendment as holy scripture as they condemn the innocent to an early grave.
We say, “The NRA and their ilk prey on paranoia to feed the voracious appetite of the weapons manufacturers for profits and dividends.” The push-back is always, “Your solution is unrealistic and imperfect.” Our representatives, following the money, parrot the talking points and pocket even more filthy lucre.
No rational approach to creating a just and civil society will ever be seen as realistic or perfect to those who are paid to look the other way. We must force our representatives to represent us (we the people) and not their financial backers. The institutionalized addiction to money for legislation is killing us all.
Sane gun control should be a priority. Do it for our children and do it for our grandchildren.
Robert I. “Rip” Price
Recall killed pool
I am furious with recall proponents! Their misinformation has damaged projects and people. Ashland taxpayers will pay for their completely unjustified $30,000 recall.
In order to get folks to sign their petition they made false claims, including the Senior Center building was going to be demolished and an Olympic-sized pool was going to be built in its place. The falsehoods resulted in the Ashland School District distancing itself from including a renovated Daniel Meyer Pool in its forthcoming bond.
The proposed pool, slightly larger than the existing one, features a competitive capability to serve school teams and also serve more citizens with many more aquatic programs, including being open year-round. The 34-year-old pool is nearing the end of its life cycle and its replacement is now derailed.
Vote no on the recall. Michael Black and our APRC commissioners have been greatly maligned because of misinformation spewed by a few angry naysayers.
A modest suggestion
Once the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban was allowed to sunset on Sept. 13, 2004, sales of these military grade guns soared. They’re out there, thousands of them, and hell hath no fury like gun owners asked to relinquish their favorite toys. That horse is out of the barn for good.
What we desperately need but don’t have is a way to track and study the carnage caused by these lethal machines. In 2015, in the US, 13,286 citizens died by gunshot and 26,819 citizens were injured. What part did assault weapons play in these stats? We are clueless.
I propose the removal of the 1996 Dickey Amendment to the Centers for Disease Control’s budget to allow the resumption of the study of gunshot violence in America. Of the 40,000 U.S. citizens killed and maimed in 2015, how many would still be alive and uninjured if only the Assault Weapons Ban had been allowed to stay in place? For sure, the 17 kids and teachers in Parkland, Florida, would be in class today.
Gun enthusiasts can keep their prized AR-15s. Just let us all know what the true cost is for allowing those killing machines to remain in civilian hands.
Ought we Americans be functioning as loving, caring, teaching, mentoring, people? With these values, I see no reason for weapons.
Religions seem to function on these values, yet in this country, we seemingly do just the opposite. Hatred is at an all-time high.
Taking the safety net away and promoting weapons is not a direction we ought be taking. We the people need to come together.
As with most things in life, money appears to be the bottom line. Why don’t we focus on peace, instead of fighting each other? Let us not ignore what truly is important, for the betterment of all our lives. Humankind’s lives matter, and that encompasses everybody.
Big thanks to Katherine Lang for her reminder of the products going into our landfills.
Natural Grocers sells very handy, light mesh, reusable, washable bags for produce for a nominal fee. They’re wonderful for those wet items that rot in wet plastic bags.
I also applaud Ray’s Market for substituting paper bags for plastic. Jacksonville Boosters has a “blue bag” program through which one may put Oregon deposit plastic bottles up to 1 liter. A human being picks up the bag and recycles the bottles, with the profit going to the Boosters, which funds programs within the city.
Plastics are killing out planet and gumming up thousands of square miles of ocean. All this takes a little longer, but we’re leaving the planet a lovelier, less toxic home for our valuable youth.