Letters: July 17, 2009

City should tackle dust-bowl issue

Has anyone noticed the serious dust problem on Ashland Street near Tolman Creek Road? There is a vacant lot behind the Oil Stop and between Shop N Kart and the former Handyman Hardware Store that is being used as an unofficial parking area for trucks, campers and cars.

Unfortunately, this area has become a dust-bowl of fine dust that is raised in voluminous columns when large trucks or fast traffic use it. This dust wafts across the lot in thick choking clouds towards the residential area of Takelma Way, where we live and of course down to Shop N Kart, Bi-Mart and across to the YMCA.

This problem is steadily becoming aggravated with each passing year as the dust is ground into an ever finer silica talcum that becomes easily airborne and worsens during the course of the hot and dry summer months.

There can be several 16-wheelers using the area during the course of a day and parking there during the night. Teenagers delight in using the lot for fast driving and creating dust clouds by skidding and wheeling.

I have contacted the city of Ashland. While stand-alone parking lots are not permitted under Ashland Municipal Code, the city claims that the lot owners have a historical precedent.

I am astonished that the city has no ordinance concerning the generation of vast clouds of silica dust within city limits when it appears so particular about everything else.

Julian Hamer


Deer populationis out of control

This letter is in regard to the deer population that has overrun the city of Ashland. I have to agree with the people who have written letters to the editor of the Daily Tidings as well as those quoted in other newspapers who feel that something should be done about the deer in town. The deer problem and population in Ashland has become completely out of hand and obviously has become dangerous.

I realize that many well-meaning people still contend that the deer have moved into town because people have invaded their space, but until something is done about human population, that will be the case. Many of the deer have lived in Ashland for years and even more have been born in town. They no longer know about their natural habitat, they know no fear of humans, thus these deer are dangerous.

The suggestion by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife officer that people not walk in areas where deer are present is not an appropriate answer. The deer are everywhere in town!

The Ashland deer are well-fed (as we who try to garden well know). The venison would be very good. Let's have the deer population thinned, the meat harvested and donated to the food banks and other appropriate places. I am sure that there are bow hunters who would be helpful in this endeavor.

Betty Jo Reynolds


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