Letters to the Editor December 7

Thanks for sports coverage of SOU

As the proud parents of Jacki Speer, we were thrilled with the wonderful article written by Josh McDermott (see Nov. 25 "Speer heads Raiders' win"). His basketball experience provided a insightful perspective on the story.

We live six hours away from Ashland, so we miss many games. We rely heavily on the press to keep us informed.

We want to thank the Tidings for such excellent basketball coverage. We also want to send kudos out to your sports writers, most recently Josh McDermott. He wrote a story that will be saved for sure, and some day brought out to show her kids!

Jeff and Lorri Speer

Centralia, Wash.

Conflict over compromise

While I applaud the Sierra Club's attempts to talk sense and cooperation to the Mount Ashland Association over the proposed ski area expansion (see Dec. 3 guest opinion "Supporting Mt. Ashland, but not expansion into the middle branch"), I have to remind them that they may be dealing with a dog that won't hunt.

After all, MAA simply ignored skiers, snowboarders and passholders and their community expansion alternative that would provide for critical improvements, a new lift and access to the middle branch without clearcutting. Environmental community support of the compromise was evident, but not MAA's.

More generally, MAA continues to push expansion, regardless of economic and climate conditions and signs from the community that they should fix current problems, not clearcut the mountain.

It is unfortunate that decreasing snow loads threaten the ski area and that users fed up with poor management (the unplowed parking lot and the poor service) are using the area less.

All conditions point to a difficult future for a wonderful ski area.

It is more unfortunate that MAA continues to choose conflict over compromise.

MAA makes it nearly impossible for me to advocate for Mt. Ashland ski area support with my non-skiing, non-snowboarding friends who welcome closure and reclamation of the ski area.

Derek Volkart


Enjoying Hyatt Lake Resort

We have been reading articles about Hyatt Lake Resort in your paper for the past few months, and we would just like to comment about the resort.

We first "found" Hyatt Lake Resort in August of 2007. We ate at the Cove Restaurant and were very impressed by the way the restaurant had been renovated, and equally impressed by the food. Bob McNeely took us for a tour of the area, and we were convinced that this was going to be a "first class" resort. They left a lot of trees and beautiful landscaping, the cabins were very well built and spaced, and the overall the area was very appealing to the eye.

The times we have been there, it has been quiet, serene and very enjoyable. Fishing was good, too! We feel that this resort is a very desirable "resort destination" for the people that live in the area. It is a one-hour drive from Klamath Falls and about 30 to 40 minutes from Medford. We would highly recommend this resort!

In closing, we feel that Hyatt Lake Resort is a wonderful vacation spot!

Barbara and John Vinicky

Klamath Falls

Single-payer is the future

I have a nagging fear that health care reform legislation, when finally passed, will be so chewed up by special interests and political expediency that it will be merely reformulation rather than reform — to the benefit of the powerful represented by lobbyists.

The benefits that I enjoy through Medicare should be available to all, no matter if the insurance industry needs to alter or even abandon its health care sector. The United States should join the other developed countries of the world in providing universal health care. Single-payer is the wave of what should be the future.

Jack Seybold


The pathology of American politics

President Obama has now fully sanctioned the Bush/Cheney war in Afghanistan. Ignoring what most Americans wanted and hiding behind the tattered excuse of the Taliban having sheltered al Qaeda, while omitting the fact that our government did business with the Taliban before 9/11, Mr. Obama has adopted the Bush "surge" strategy.

It won't work in Afghanistan any more than it calmed the situation in Iraq, which remains explosive and will require a massive American military presence for many years.

But that has always been the point of our criminal wars in that troubled area: Control the access to and corporate exploitation of the richest supply of oil in the world. Iran, the biggest prize of them all, now sits between the jaws of the Iraq-Afghanistan nutcracker. Who doubts that "regime change" in Iran is far beyond the planning stage?

Irony of ironies: Win the Noble Peace Prize and immediately expand the war; at the same time, grab the oil and burn it and thus accelerate global climate catastrophe.

The pathology of American politics is close to terminal.

Gerald Cavanaugh


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