Honesty is alive in Ashland, and I am grateful. Having recently relocated to this beautiful community from Lake Tahoe, Calif., I must say that it's the honesty I find so rewarding here. Where I came from, integrity wasn't high on the list; however, here it most definitely is. Hiking in the Oredson Todd Woods with my dog Huckleberry and his best friend Lucy, I often see lost items at the trailhead, from good Leki hiking poles to sunglasses to gold jewelry. I witnessed someone so filled with gratitude when she returned to the trail to find her sentimental gold jewelry awaiting her return. How easy it is for us to say, "Finders keepers, losers weepers," but most in Ashland carry a different mantra. I write this to say a huge thank you to the person who returned my silver watch, which I left in a locker at the YMCA on Tuesday morning. I didn't realize it until late afternoon, and that flash came over me, I knew where I had left it. Surprisingly, I remained calm, didn't even call the Y, and immediately hopped into my car, all the time thinking, "Ashland has a foundation of integrity; Ashland is a community." And, yes, my watch was at the front desk. So I say, "Thank you, Ashland community. I am ever so impressed and grateful to be part of your example of living. The reward must be taken from the action, the thing itself.
In an emergency, more information is better.
In September, the Siskiyou fire in the Tolman Creek area came frighteningly close to our home. I was out of town when the fire broke out.
My husband and my nieces tried to pack up what they thought might be important to me.
I had left a handwritten note of items to take — if time allowed — in order of importance.
So, when the time came to use my list, not only could my husband not read my handwriting, he couldn't even find half the items on the list.
What I learned from the experience is to type your list and give the location of the item you want saved.
We now feel better prepared for an emergency we hope never happens.
Energy use affecting the entire world
Adding to Amy Goodman's Sept. 5 column, "New light on Copenhagen climate talks."
There is an important event coming up in the next month: the Copenhagen climate conference. Rising greenhouse-gas emissions are not a myth and are acknowledged by most countries in the world. Or so I would think. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has information online that will show the rates at which greenhouse gas emissions are building, and the numbers are scary. This is not a myth.
The Kyoto Protocol in 1997 was a hopeful step in the right direction, but there was one major player sitting on the bench. The United States, which uses fossil fuels like it's nobody's business, was the only industrialized country that did not sign up. There is a lot of emphasis being put on economic growth, but we have to understand that we are affecting the entire globe with our energy use. Selfishness is not an admirable trait.
Help finding owner
On Tuesday, Nov. 3 at about 9:30 p.m., I was walking my two dogs in Ashland near the Oregon Cabaret Theatre on Second and Hargadine streets. A large white dog ran up Second Street, sniffed my Siberian husky, then lunged at my little 10-pound CavaChi. My dog screamed, and then the owner of the white dog appeared, pulled his dog off mine and rolled his dog on her back until she calmed down. The dog's owner said that the dog had jumped out of his pickup truck and he had been chasing her.
We checked my dog out and he didn't appear to be hurt, so we went our separate ways. I need to contact the owner of the white dog, as I have some important information for him. His dog was mostly white and looked very wolf-like, similar to a Siberian husky but larger. The owner said she was a wolf/shepherd hybrid. The owner was a man in his 30s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall with short, dark hair. He said he was a medic. If you have any information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letters to the Editor November 20