Letters to the editor, June 5

Ashland deserves negative publicity from nude man

To Chief Holderness:

Let's see if I get this right: A man who exposes himself to children (including one who bursts into tears) in Ashland as elementary schoolchildren are walking home from school (and within a drug free school zone) is not committing indecent exposure, or public indecency, because he has all his clothes off — is that right? It makes a difference that he doesn't have socks on? Shorts? The penalty: The children need to be talked to? Unbelievable.

The city council that needs a therapist to function and supports this type of action with this ridiculousness deserves the negative publicity that has already ensued and will continue, perhaps nationally.

Dennis Powers


Police way out of line defending nude man

Ashland Police Chief Terry Holderness was way out of line defending the 70-year-old pervert walking naked in a town he should be protecting.

What child walking home from school would ever expect to be approached by a naked man and not be scared to death?! Like this is supposed to be a natural occurrence "¦ do you actually think this guy has all his faculties?

Chief Holderness, according to your quotes, you would take a young child and start sex education in elementary school "¦ now let's see, would that scare the hell out of them? Maybe you are the one that has an issue, thinking this shouldn't alarm the citizens in your community! In today's society, children have to grow up way too fast!

The question is: Is it legal to walk naked in Ashland near schools?

As for the 70 year old "¦ take your "credentials" back to California. We don't want to see them in Oregon!

Judy Davis

Central Point

Aren't children already overexposed to the adult world?

I've wrestled with an unsettling feeling after reading the June 2 report by Hannah Guzik ("Nudist in Ashland draws gripes"). OK, he's not breaking any laws, but could there be a place between an act that does "not break the law" and one that is completely acceptable? A place where a community could just say, "Hey, this is not appropriate." A man who has a license to carry a firearm standing at a children's crosswalk with this gun in plain view might not be breaking the law (I'm making an assumption here) but is this acceptable?

Aren't children already overexposed (pun intended) to enough of the adult world?

Maybe the analogy of second-hand smoke is a bit of a stretch, but when does one person's rights infringe on those of another? (And, in this case are we asking our children to be more responsible than an adult?)

I don't consider myself a prude and I don't have the answers, but I think it's time we ask ourselves some questions about what is more important in situations like this.

And, with respect to Police Chief Terry Holderness, I hope he is allowed to do more than just advise parents to talk to their children.

Kaaren Anderson


No harm to children who see a nude adult

I am George Davis, writer/TV producer, of www.freebodyculture.info.

I have a long-standing offer of $1,000 to anyone that can write an intelligent 500 word essay about what harm can befall a child who sees a nude adult.

The only answer that I know is "none."


George Davis

San Francisco

Time to change the nudity laws

Regarding the naked old man walking around town: No wonder conservative police men from Medford who work at the Ashland Police Department think we're crazy. We may not make meth, but we smoke pot in the privacy of our homes and let the high school kids take the rap, and we let weirdoes walk naked near our grammar schools. I too pulled over in heavy traffic to see if the naked grandpa needed assistance — as did several others. No, he was exercising his civil rights! Once I saw a nice looking young man walk naked, probably on a dare, and we remember the young lady with the daisies on her breasts wanting to be in the Fourth of July parade. Amusing enough. But when disturbed people walk naked near grammar schools, it's time to change the law and fast.

Hugh Garrett


Thanks to supporters of Science of Wine

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Thank you to all who bought tickets and participated; you helped raise more than $50,000 for ScienceWorks' education programs, which reach 15,000 school children in nine counties. Participants learned about wine and winemaking in our region while supporting a great cause.

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Here's to another fun wine weekend next year! Cheers!

Maddy DiRienzo

2009 Science of Wine Committee Chair

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