Letters to the editor, June 12

Nudity may help with attitude about bodies

I hope Ashlanders (and our council and mayor) will simply ignore this "issue." Yes, Ashland may be a bit different, but it's a refreshing place to live, more so because we have our own take on things and because we are able to recognize a civil liberty issue here. An occasional nude person sighted (and I've seldom sighted one in more than 22 years living here, and have no intention of taking a nude stroll) may cause a double take. But if anything it can help us all realize, "Well, so what, we all have bodies and I've seen them many times before."

Given the violence, physical and sexual, that is reported daily in our world, a simple naked body is a harmless statement, one that may even help children, should any be witness, to ensure a healthy and casual attitude to bodies.

Mayor Stromberg's response, quoted in the June 10 Tidings article "Public nudist stirs controversy in Ashland," strikes the perfect balance, in my view: "[re this year's nudity] ... I'll just be grateful if we keep it in proportion to our really important tasks."

Keith Chambers


Appalled at article about Auchincloss

I was appalled when I read the article about James Auchincloss Thursday (see June 11 article "Auchincloss resigns from Oregon Stage Works board").

James did stand in front of the Unitarian Universalist congregation on Sunday to thank those who had been supportive of him. He did not in any way indicate his guilt or declare his innocence. His church family is supportive and caring. It is not our place to stand in judgment. Though there have been accusations, he has not been indicted. The first article in your paper was shocking. The second is inflammatory and unnecessary. When you quote someone, you should verify the content of that quote before you print it.

Harriet Berman


Tidings, keep your sense of proportion

With the Tidings getting swept up into the hysteria of a few readers over an old man wandering around naked, and trying to stir up excitement over an imagined plague of child pornography, it is reassuring that we have a mayor, a police chief, and a majority of townspeople who can keep their sense of proportion.

Chief Terry Holderness is simply abiding by his oath of office in declining to arrest the nude when he's not violating any law — in fact not really bothering anyone. One child is reported to have cried upon seeing him.

One. The parents can handle that, just as we all must deal with children's fears of a variety of unusual public scenes. Mayor Stromberg is right in asking us to keep focused on what matters — even if the Tidings is seduced by the eccentricity of a clotheless geezer.

And several letters to the editor have appropriately condemned the Tidings' lowdown journalism in publicly humiliating a respected citizen on a charge — a charge, not a conviction — of possessing child pornography.

Tidings reporter Hannah Guzik even went so far in her hyperventilated and sensationalized follow-up story, "Child porn rises in county" (Tidings, June 9), of blurring the distinction between the possessing of porn and the abusing of children by producing it.

Please Tidings, join the police chief and the mayor — keep a sense of proportion and stay focused on real problems. Children are not in danger in our town.

Ralph Temple


We're all naked under our clothes

Good grief! how easily offended some people are by a naked man!

As if the fact that seeing a naked man might harm children and traumatize them for the rest of their lives!

People like Chris Adams need to grow up and get over it (see June 10 letters to the editor).

Hey, Chris, we're all naked under our clothes, even you, and we've all inherited a lot of repressive ideas about our own bodies and the need to hide them.

Try to get over it, so we can move on and grow up.

More power to the naked guy!

Phil Kavanagh


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