Letters to the editor: Nov. 1, 2015
The evening aroma
Anyone who reads this paper knows the comic strip "Arlo and Janis" is about a retired couple; the last two days it has been about them sitting in the yard enjoying the fall evening.
We always guess about the location of where these characters live — well, by them being able to sit out on a October night and enjoy the evening, we now know they don't live in Oregon, where that's not possible because of the smell of pot coming from the adjoining properties.
Note I didn't say neighbor's property. Many who pay taxes cannot sit out like Arlo and Janis. Sad, very sad.
My summer 'vacation'
As a boy I loved this assignment. I was captivated by listening to my classmates describe their summer adventures, as I lived vicariously through their tales.
This summer I was an intern at OnTrack, as a counselor in training to obtain my certification to become a CADC I. ACCBO requires new counselors to complete 1,000 hours of clinically supervised work experience.
These were not the stories of summer fun from my youth though, because they were often heartbreaking, due to their lost potential and broken lives. These stories were familiar though, because they were also mine before I decided to live a life in long term recovery from addiction.
Being mentored by the most talented and compassionate team of professionals I’ve ever had the privilege to work with, was and remains an honor. OnTrack is a dynamic community leader in providing addiction and counseling services. Their mission isn’t just helping people off substances of abuse. More important, they help their clients change their problem behaviors that allow them the ability to reclaim their lives with dignity and to also hopefully reunite their families.
P.S., Now I’m employed as a counselor at OnTrack and preparing for my certification exam in January!
Changing the view
Zoom out, if you will, and see the state of Oregon from above.
See the mountain ranges, rivers, forests and our beautiful coast. Now imagine a 30-inch pressurized gas pipeline from southeast Oregon traversing those same rivers, mountains and forests, terminating in Coos Bay.
What is the likelihood that no thing, not a single catastrophic forest fire or geologic event would rupture that pipeline? I hear the West Coast of the U.S. is overdue for an earthquake.
Are Oregonians willing to accept the risk this pipeline would pose for our state and coming generations? This is our generation’s responsibility. And you have the opportunity to influence the outcome. Write to Gov. Kate Brown and tell her you think the pipeline is a bad deal: Governor Kate Brown, State Capitol Building, 900 Court Street NE, Suite 160, Salem, OR 97301
What about the jobs it will provide? According to FERC, “approximately 50 percent of the construction jobs for the pipeline would be filled by non-local workers.“ How about permanent jobs in clean energy?
Know the facts. Go to Federal Energy and Regulatory Commission (FERC) Final Impact Statement September 2015.
Ashland can do more
The Mail Tribune editorial about the Ashland police and the obnoxious "travelers" in town hit the nail right on the head. If the Ashland police can put a plainclothes cop on the street to reduce jaywalking by civil locals in the very blocks where travelers are occupying every place there is to sit in downtown, then surely the police can make the effort to dissuade the travelers from their occupation and harassment.
I would occasionally like to sit and watch people go by or rest, but at present that is not possible, as travelers often occupy every available bench and wall. Ashland police need to do a better job of helping the community maintain the downtown for civil residents, businesses and visitors.