Letters to the Editor

Keep government small to avoid taxes

The Oregon Democratic-led Legislature is continuing its "tax and spend," out-of-control ways with measures 66 and 67.

Let's see: "Higher taxes for those who can afford them" and we can "protect schools and safety net programs" are the arguments.

Oh, how I wish that were really the case. "Feed me..." is the real mantra.

The same Legislature using these same arguments ad nauseum to protect "safety net" programs has already raised fees from our automobile registration and fishing/hunting licenses to higher taxes on everything from cigarettes to these measures, where small businesses and mom-and-pop operations, again, are going to be hit (although not said). Keep in mind that these revenue increases continue when times are better — and will be — never to be rescinded by a government that lusts for increased dominance.

Tea parties, unite! We need you, from the independents that rose in Massachusetts to Oregon. Uncontrolled government growth is the problem — not those who work or run small businesses in the private sector or drive pickup trucks with 200,000 miles.

Dennis Powers


Stop cruel roundups of wild mustangs

The Department of Interiors Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is at it again. There are more than 33,000 wild mustangs already captured, penned up living miserable lives in crowded pens. The BLM is presently again planning massive captures of thousands of Mustangs.

The fight to save our precious symbols of the West continues. We all must take the reins and stop the unacceptable assaults on wild horses. We are up against powerful special interests who want wild horses removed from public lands so private interests can have cheap usage of the lands primarily for raising cattle. The horses are at great risk because the BLM plans to reduce them to very low numbers.

Learn about this tragedy. Look up Web sites for In Defense of Animals, www.PETA.org, www.madeleinepickens.com, The Humane Society and many more online sites. Then act.

The so-called gatherings are cruel, brutal and inhumane, in which helicopters stampede the horses where they are injured or even killed, then forced to live tragic lives, suffering with overcrowding in tight pens. Contact your legislators, our Obama administration and put a stop to these barbaric events called gatherings. Horses are intelligent, feeling, majestic creatures, with family lives and their own cultures. Please help save the horses.

Nina Council


Community should fight sexual assaults

The Friday, Jan. 22, Ashland Daily Tidings front page article, "Residents respond to sexual assaults," instantly prompted my attention, interest and civic concern. Following on Page A-4, Paul Moss, a local member of the Mankind Project, states: "I just think it's time for men to step up and see what men can do about sexual assaults."

I have already addressed this issue via my recent brief letter that ran in the Sunday, Jan.17, Medford Mail Tribune, titled, "Books help protect women." I originally sent this as an e-vent (75 words or less) to the Mail Tribune and they finally ran it anyway. For those readers who missed the letter, I alluded to Paxton Quigley's two authoritative books, "Not An Easy Target: Paxton Quigley's Self Protection For Women" (1995) and "Armed and Female" (1989). Both remain valuable sources addressing security, safety and protection for women.

Therefore, I endorse both. Search Google online for more information.

Naturally I can't be there to protect women when attacked or accosted by a two-legged predator. Though I certainly wish I could.

And furthermore, I refuse to be "emascualted" by political correctness. I only hope the next time a woman in Ashland is attacked and is the intended target of sexual assault she hauls off and kicks the perp where it does the most good! As I like to say, "Kick hard like an old 10-gauge Parker or L.C. Smith double-barrel shotgun!" Now that is a "blast from America's rural past."

Let us all work together in making our communities safer and take a bite out of crime.

James A. Farmer


Parks & Rec staff seeks public input

If you love your Daniel Meyer swimming pool, please show up on Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hunter Park Senior Center and share your perspectives with the Parks & Rec staff. They want to hear from you if you go there for swim lessons, swim team, water polo, senior swim, recreational swim, water aerobics and lap swim.

If there are things that you appreciate, ideas you have to better serve you or anything related to your public pool we need you to join us. It isn't every day our input is invited.

Please help make Dan Meyer Pool the very best it can be. We cannot do it without you, your friends and families. Thanks!

Risa Buck


City's permit fee system needs to be changed

I'd like to express my appreciation for the excellent article by Vickie Aldous entitled "City fees limit newspaper boxes."

As distributor of the New York Times and USA Today in Ashland, I'd like to make two clarifications:

1) The current annual fee of $25 per box is cheap for free publications, who are provided with a weather-proof box, but for my newspapers (since I use my own boxes) it pays for no city service other than processing the fee. A $25 charge to process a $25 charge is nutty.

2) Councilor Voisin suggests that boxes that don't make enough to pay $25 a year should, perhaps, be removed anyway. I want my boxes available to residents and tourists because it makes our town a better place, but to pay for them to be stocked, deal with theft and vandalism, and share the meager profits with the city creates a clear incentive to have as few boxes as possible. This creates a chilling effect on free speech.

To conclude, I'd love to work with the city to create a reasonable fee structure that doesn't have a chilling effect on free speech and continues to provide the newspaper boxes that residents and tourists clearly enjoy. A single, reasonable permit fee for the entire downtown would be appropriate.

I hope the city decides to modify its position and for the newspapers that have their own weather-proof boxes (and First Amendment protection) offer us a single permit fee for access to all of downtown.

Peter Quince


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