Letters to the editor, March 19

In light of global warming, stop Mt. Ashland expansion

It has now been written many times that we here in the Rogue Valley and surrounding mountains need to be ready for the effects of global climate change (i.e., check the most recent issue of the Ashland Coop newsletter, page 5). It has now been confirmed repeatedly that temperatures will rise, that weather will show up in extremes of heat and moisture, that the snow pack we now enjoy will steadily diminish in the coming years.

I am writing to implore the proponents of the Mt. Ashland expansion to open their hearts and seriously reconsider any continued effort on their part to further develop our beloved mountain and wildlands areas. The most precious commodity we have now is our earth and the health of our ecosystems, not only for us humans but for all the life forms. If we do not care for our lands, we will not have life support systems. It's as simple as that.

I am not saying Mt. Ashland is "wrong" for their wish to expand the ski area. Rather, I'm imploring them to reconsider the wisdom and ethics of such an action during these critical times. It would be a true gift, not only to this valley but to the well-being of life everywhere.

Anne Stine


Thanks for help with Rogue Valley Recovery Homes

On behalf of the Rogue Valley Recovery Homes and the 25 men living there, I want to thank the citizens of the Rogue Valley for their generous help and support. Their gifts helped furnish four "Clean and Sober" homes in Medford with beautiful items that make the homes very comfortable.

The Rogue Valley Recovery Homes is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation where all donations are tax deductible. They are greatly appreciated. We have no paid employees; instead, we are blessed with dedicated, hard-working, involved volunteers.

The homes are self-run, self-supporting and use a democratic approach that requires all house members to participate. There is a mandatory weekly meeting to discuss any problems and issues and deal with them safely and fairly. A "zero tolerance" policy exists for drug and alcohol use, fighting and any other anti-social behavior that may disrupt the household. The residence share chores to keep the homes clean inside and out.

Along with attending AA and/or NA meetings weekly and working with a sponsor, the residents of RVRC have started a "Speak Out." Residents go to churches, youth groups, service clubs and other organizations to share their stories. If you belong to an organization and are interested, you are encouraged to contact RVRC. This is one way to "Take a Bite out of Crime." Thanks again to the citizens of the Rogue Valley.

Harry Detwiler


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