June 29, 2006 Response to Honoré Mr. Honoré’s article “Case in Point” appearing in the June 24 edition of the Tidings defines in clear terms the “cost” of nation building in Iraq. I have read

Response to


Mr. Honoré’s article “Case in Point” appearing in the June 24 edition of the Tidings defines in clear terms the “cost” of nation building in Iraq. I haveread other published figures representing the “true cost” to be somewhere in the neighborhood of a trillion dollars when all related expenses are considered. Whatever thereal figure, it is sure to be more than the “official” versions would have it,in dollar terms. The other costs as enumerated by Mr. Honoré are incalculable. We, the politicians and the people, seem to love foreign exploits. Embracing a growing national militarismis another way toemploy our youth whose alternative is often a minimum wage future. It’sa sure fire way tosidestep issues that we can’t, or don’t want to deal with at home. Also, in the case of Iraq, itappears that lies are easier to sell when wrapped in the packaging of fear and patriotism. If we’re not careful, wejust mightlose the “war on terror,” and it won’t be in the battlefields of Iraq.

Edward Colbert

A new fear on

The Fourth

What ever happened to the good old days when the worst things we had to fear on the Fourth of July were traffic jams and wayward fireworks?

According to the government’s Meat and Poultry Hotline, this year’s threat is food poisoning from inadequately grilled hamburgers and hot dogs. Unfortunately, additional grilling releases cancer-causing compounds.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that deadly pathogens in meat products sicken millions of consumers annually and kill as many as 9,000. Key offenders are E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria.

Fortunately, ingenious American manufacturers have developed a great variety of veggie burgers and soy dogs that are healthful, delicious, convenient, and available in every supermarket. And they don’t harbor nasty pathogens or cancer-causing agents.

On this 4th of July, let’s stay healthy by declaring our independence from the meat industry. Let’s enjoy wholesome meat alternatives, grains, vegetables, and fruits at our holiday feast.

Ted Cantfield

Fourth of July sadness

Folks who are fasting on The Fourth are beginning to realize the important things that our founding fathers fought for during our glorious revolution over the empire that exploited our ancestors.

We cannot let powerful special interests and large corporations replace that old empire with a new one. Citizens in Ashland know that polluted skies need protections and that ordinary citizens can take a stand to help our environment despite others who might only care about money and what is best for them.

Right now, 12 states across the country and concerned environmentalists are standing up and fighting for the most pressing issue of our time, global warming. The EPA and the Bush Administration are letting special interests get in the way of positive public health change. Bush had supported regulating carbon dioxide emissions before he was elected but was persuaded afterward that it was too costly for businesses to regulate pollution that endangers public health.

There is a call here in Oregon to get 25 percent of our electricity from clean, renewable sources such as wind and solar power. Oregon can generate all of its power with just wind power alone, but it is going to take people like those who are fasting on The Fourth and engaged citizens standing up for what is right in the face of the new empire better known as wealth special interests. Lets support the effort.

Timothy States



over Old Glory

If that’s not what you feel, maybe it’s time to check your portfolio and see if you are under-invested in Old Glory — the dividends can be awesome.

Good job, Premier West. If your only customers are people like me, I think you’ll still do well — even in Ashland.

John Maurer

Plea for plan

of action

When I was an undergraduate I took a course in architecture and learned that if I were ever to build a house, hiring a good architect would be the first step in assuring that I would end up with a beautiful, functional and livable home. An architect knows what plans work for what environments, what materials are the best for the money and, most of all, is sensitive to the needs and tastes of the future dwellers.

It seems to me that the same would apply to the planning and building of a city. For Ashland to remain the lovely, functional and livable city we enjoy, we need expert advice and careful planning. The funding for a comprehensive downtown plan would be minimal in view of the advantages of avoiding hasty decisions yielding construction errors, impossible traffic snarls and delays — and disgruntled citizens.

Funding for the downtown plan was recently rejected by the city council. In its stead was a proposal for yet another process of public input, i.e. “visioning sessions” — and delay. We don’t need more of these sessions. We need a reasonable, practical plan for the downtown.

Liz Vesecky

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