June 7, 2006 $30K animal eradicator The people of Ashland need to know that Jackson County is planning to waste $30,000 on a paid animal eradicator and thus duplicate services already provided by the state. This $30,000 allotment wi

$30K animal eradicator

The people of Ashland need to know that Jackson County is planning towaste$30,000 on a paid animal eradicator and thus duplicate services already provided by the state.

This $30,000 allotment will beadded to the county budget on Wednesday,June 7, unless people attend this meeting and voice their opposition.

The $30,000for a Wildlife Services person was never presented to the public for input, otherwise we could havestated that Jackson County already has a $5,000 contract with Wildlife Services for the removal of cougars that are deemed a problem, and this is in additionto many other Wildlife Services agentsnow being hired to implement the Cougar Management Planadopted by thestate Wildlife Commission, which calls for the killing of nearly half of the state’s cougar population.

We would’ve also voiced opposition todevices used by Wildlife Services that are not instant kill, such as leg-hold traps,neck snares, poisons, andM-44 cyanide capsules (which are baited and explode in the mouth of the animal). These devices are not “cougar specific” and can kill any animal— or heaven forbid, a child— that happens by.

We need funds fora hundred other uses, but$30,000 for a Jackson CountyWildlife Services agent will be approved at the County budget meeting Wednesday, June 7, at 9:30 a.m. at the County Court House, Medford, unless weshow upthere in person tooppose it.

Janelle Davidson

Support for ‘watch sheet’

My jaw hit the floor when I read that people on the “watch sheet” (May 25) feel victimized.

Ashland is a beautiful city and has people from all walks of life and all income brackets— unemployed to millionaires— and for the most part we all get along well. Even the panhandlers have their place in Ashland, and while I know a lot of people are annoyed being asked for change every time they walk downtown, the panhandlers I’ve come across are typically quiet people who mind their own business— grateful when you give them change, and accepting when you don’t.

The vandalizing of the plaza fountains and the Lincoln statue were things that infuriated everyone I know and talked to, and I’m glad that the community knows who was involved in it. They feel victimized and targeted because there are consequences for their actions?It hurts their reputations?I’m pretty sure sex offenders don’t like to have to go door-to-door telling people about their crimes either, but the community deserves to know where a potential threat, to the community or to individuals, exists. And I hate to break it to you, but if you have a history of public drunkenness, substance abuse, violence or vandalism, you don’t have a reputation to protect.

Being arrested and fined isn’t working, so if public shaming will make these people think about their actions, then maybe it’s time we brought it back.

Craig Stephens

Bear-friendly Ashland

Kudos to Ashland for resolving the “bear situation” humanely. All too often, animals must pay with their lives to accommodate any inconvenience to people.By removing trash and educating park users, Ashland is respecting Mother Nature and allowing one of her young ones to continue frolicking in Her garden— despite his all-too-human penchant to dumpster dive.

Barbara E. Rosen

Petitioners hit with animosity

Folks who have been working in Ashland circulating petitions have been experiencing a tremendous amount of rudeness from some people lately, and most of this has come from the local residents. These actions range from throwing their nose in the air, sticking their hand out in the petitioners face,and/or saying negative and aggressive things.

We must understand that these petitioners are working an honest, hourly wage job, while trying to change the world one signature at a time. They also promote the need for citizens to use their voices and make a stand. They are not salespeople and they are not panhandlers. They are doing a job that makes a difference, and we should all understand this.

Art, music, and politics are just some of the few things that make Ashland a beautiful, diverse place to live. The petitioners have a place on our streets, as do the musicians, artists and the occasional panhandler.

Rudeness, insincerity and intolerance have no place in Ashland. If the question, “Are you registered to vote in the state of Oregon,” offends you, you don’t belong in our city.

Jay Frankin

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