June 23, 2006 Taking back a hijacked nation It seems to me like everyone on the planet is on Flight 93 now. We’re all passengers on a plane that’s been hijacked by two factions, one led by George Bush and the other by assorted jihads

Taking back a hijacked nation

It seems to me like everyone on the planet is on Flight 93 now. We’re all passengers on a plane that’s been hijacked by two factions, one led by George Bush and the other by assorted jihads. It’s a double hijacking in a way since the Bush faction has hijacked Christianity and the jihads have hijacked Islam to justify the violence. The hijackers shoot and hack away at each other but there’s lots of “collateral damage” among the other passengers. Some of us are in business class while others are crammed into economy. We make frantic phone calls to each other about our plight. We know that the next generation and perhaps the one after that will take our places on this flight. So some of us are trying to figure out a way to rush the cockpit and turn the plane around. If we fail, there will be no flag big enough to disguise the crater.

Echo Fields




Goines, Goins or Goynes?

I am writing this in response to the question, “Are you the Linda Goins that wrote the last two opinions in the Letters to The Editor section?”

No, I am not. I am the Linda Goines (note the “e”) that is married to Lawrence Goines (not Larry) who has been employed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for over a decade. We have been mistaken for one another over the years ... mail, phone calls and even at the pharmacy. And, while I am clarifying, I might add, we also are not the Goynes’ that opened up the topless bar in Cave Junction. Just for the record.

P.S. Linda, we pray your son will be kept out of harms way during these hard times.

Linda Goines

Just say 'yes'

I understand that many of us feel the decline of Ashland is inevitable. I stand here today to share with you that nothing is inevitable but the power of our human possibility.

My message is simple:

Say “Yes!” to Ashland.

“Yes” to community.

“Yes” to this dream we have always held.

“Yes” to our schools and our parks, our children and old people.

“Yes” to our workingmen and women, our small businesses, our downtown merchants.

“Yes” to open spaces and trees and clean water.

“Yes” for the chance to raise a family here.

“Yes” to our retired men and women who choose to live in a community with color and vibrancy and the thriving pulse of life.

“Yes” to the vision that moves us into a beautiful future.

“Yes” to the wisdom that recognizes the changes we need to make.

“Yes” to a philosophy of action, with a burning hope for those who will come after us, and a deep respect for those who came before.

“Yes” to the women of Ashland, who 100 years ago said “No!” to the profit driven minority who had all but turned this beautiful park into lots for sale to the highest bidder.

“Yes” to a strong community.

“Yes” to a healthy community.

“Yes” for tomorrow.

We are the strength and the health of this community.

Please join me in creating an Ashland renewal.

Please vote.

Say “Yes!” to Ashland.

Thank You.

Randy Dolinger



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