Letters to the editor, March 27

You're more likely to die from lightning than from a cougar

If someone went around worrying that lightning would kill him or his child, would you think he was suffering from paranoia? Over the past 10 years, 48 people, on average, have been killed by lightning yearly in America. Over the past 119 years, three-fifths of a person, on average, has been killed yearly by cougars.

You're 320 times more likely to be killed by lightning than by a cougar. Ashlanders who worry about cougars killing them or their children are, in my opinion, acting 320 times as paranoid as people who worry about dying from lightning.

Oregon Fish & Wildlife told me that not only has no cougar ever killed a person in Oregon's recorded history, there hasn't even been one documented attack on an Oregonian.

The Mountain Lion Foundation director told me that he thinks Oregon's is the most inhumane state policy. Whenever Ashland police call Fish & Wildlife, the cougar will be killed. The Foundation said Ashland police could instead learn protocols such as scaring cougars away. Ashland could then solve its cougar encounters on its own, without calling the state.

Remember, cougars are just like your pussycat, only bigger. These animals, who haven't hurt one Oregonian, have a right to live.

Ambuja Rosen


Ashland could lead in helping the homeless

What are we going to do about all these homeless people? Most every city in America is asking this same question. How about here in Ashland we create a safe, legal place for the homeless to call home? What a concept! This would be offering legitimacy to even the least, most undeserving among us. Something as simple as a tent and a piece of earth to sleep on, a chance to begin doing something in life besides simply surviving.

Campgrounds for the homeless would go a long way toward solving many of this nation's problems. What better place than Ashland to get this ball rolling?

Homelessness is a curse upon society — not the homeless, who are really just people, like any people, who happen to be unable to afford a place — but the criminalizing of the poorest, is the curse. Self-inflicted through ignorance and fear and habit. Let's shake it off and try something that might actually work!

Randy Dolinger


Stillwater, tattoo place changing 'Southside'

Things have changed at the old Good Times. The Good Times was innocuous enough: a couple of pool tables, burgers and cokes served. Eventually a liquor license was issued to new owners. Still, all was mostly calm in our neighborhood until the transformation of the place into Stillwater. Then it got much busier and noisy, and I got concerned.

The Tidings has had a more optimistic view than I with two or three positive articles about the place. They didn't look like paid adverts to me, so I take that to be an endorsement.

I take exception to that position. Particularly after last Wednesday's show, billed as "Body Heat: Femme Porn Show" and described as, "Poetry and performance by a collective of sassy Femme artists. DJ Shakti Bliss." Googling the "DJ" turned up this: "sexy squishy dakini whomp and live erotic performance art." Sounds like something for a waterfront bar.

What's the Tidings doing promoting this place? I hate to be a prude, but why is this saloon even allowed to operate here? With it and the tattoo parlor a stone's throw away down Ashland Street, I'm a bit uncomfortable with where we're headed with this. Is it time for an old fashioned temperance league?

I think the Tidings should be more careful about what they promote. And I think we all should be concerned about what and who are happening at the Stillwater and what's going on in the "Southside," as they have dubbed it, in general.

Sam Simpson


Tidings, if it's not broken, don't fix it

Blame yourselves if Tidings subscriptions and, eventually, ad revenues drop after you begin to eviscerate the weekly Revels. Others have told you, and you should listen. Bit by bit, and far cheaper if not outright gratis, the Internet will supply what we once depended on you for — and would, even if you had no Web site.

You had it right. It wasn't broke, but times are hard so you fixed it. Lots of us think you'd be wise to unfix it.

Dean Ing


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