Letters: At length

Address county's rural land use

As many of you know, at the Ashland City Council's direction, city attorneys Mike Frannell and Richard Apicello successfully appealed the Rural Use-10 ordinance with the argument that the county violated Goal 2 of Senate Bill 100 and must address Ashland's concerns in land-use ordinances in general and specifically in the case of the RU-10 ordinance. If other cities raise concerns in land-use ordinances, they must also be addressed.

This also seems to be an opportunity for all cities to say they don't want ongoing partitioning in the county due to compromising farms and forestland, and the loss of open space and wildlife habitat. Other major concerns are the generation of yet even more traffic, dust and noise from additional partitioning.

Please contact your councils and ask them to weigh in on this issue. What is reasonable is for the commissioners to follow the county Planning Commission's recommendation to have the RU-10 ordinance have 20-acre minimums and the clustering of dwelling units where possible.

Another concern is that services cost more when spread over large areas. The systems development charges in place don't come close to covering actual county costs. What the commissioners are doing with further partitioning is setting in place greater future county fiscal strains.

Those who can attend the 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, meeting in the county chamber are encouraged to do so. If you cannot, please write the papers and the commissioners indicating that you favor 20-acre minimums and the clustering of homes. Once a county is hacked up as Walker and Smith favor, it is forever.

P.S.: Friends of Jackson County needs young leaders. The job consists mainly of attempting to educate the public on an ongoing basis why we need to preserve farmland, forestland, open space and wildlife habitat.

Brent Thompson

Friends of Jackson County


Thanks to the kind, helpful

All too often, we read or hear about people ignoring and turning away from those who are in need. This certainly was not my experience on June 20, when I stepped off the curb onto South Pioneer and went tumbling down the hill, seriously injuring myself.

Instantaneously, people were surrounding me, moving me to safety from the middle of the street to a bench while attempting to stop the bleeding from a nasty gash on my forehead. A young man, who I believe was an off-duty employee of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, suddenly appeared with a first-aid kit and started rendering aid. Someone else retrieved my glasses.

Meanwhile, people were comforting my wife as she called 911. The dispatcher determined our location and stayed on the line until minutes before the ambulance crew arrived, quickly followed by an engine crew. The two medics ascertained my condition, controlled my bleeding and transported me to the emergency room of Ashland Community Hospital. Everyone was caring, reassuring and demonstrating professionalism and expertise.

At the hospital, nurses cleansed my wounds and worked to stop my bleeding. Others comforted and reassured my wife. Dr. Gordon Enns evaluated my condition and placed over 30 stitches to the gash on my forehead &

a stitching job that is all but indistinguishable 15 days later. My forgotten cane was even delivered to my home by the hospital staff.

Even the cab driver transporting us from the hospital to our motel was especially helpful as was the staff at the Best Western Windsor Inn, finding room to extend our stay for five days and meeting our every need until I was able to have my stitches removed and return home.

Finally, I took my bloody, torn clothing to Town and Country Cleaners, only to find them closed, but an employee seeing my battered condition opened the door and took my order. Their work was extraordinary; my clothing spotless, and my torn shirt repaired at no charge.

I wish I had addresses of those who were so kind and helpful to us on that night so I could properly thank them. Failing this, my hope is that some will see or learn of this letter and through it will know of our deep appreciation and gratitude.

Robert L. Anderson

Citrus Heights, Calif.

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