Letters to the editor

Thank you and remember Gene

This is a very difficult, but a very important letter to write. On March 27 of this year, our husband, father, father-in-law, 'Papa' and friend passed away very unexpectedly. His name was Gene L. Namanny.

While this was a very traumatic event for the large extended family, it also proved to be a very life affirming experience for many of us. There was a tremendous outpouring of love and memories shared with the family from friends, acquaintances, other family members and people who only knew Gene very casually from the Namanny Triple T Market, from the golf course or just from around town.

Collectively, the family would like to take this opportunity to say a very big "Thank You" to all of those friends and community members who sent their condolences, their messages and sympathy cards, the tremendous amount of food, their thoughts and most importantly, their love.

We are not surprised, but the impact that Gene had on people was amazing and very overwhelming. He shared so much love with his loving wife, Linda, and with each of his children and their families, and he still had so much love left that he was able to brighten the lives of everyone he came into contact with.

Every person on this planet should live life so fully. To relish every day as another opportunity to help someone, to offer a bit of advise or a friendly ear, or simply just to play a good game of golf ... that is to truly live! We should all be so lucky to be remembered so well.

Linda J. Namanny and the family of Gene Leroy Namanny

Reverence for the libraries

The library at Alexandria was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Benjamin Franklin started the Library Company of Philadelphia, essentially this country's first public library, in 1731, even before our country came into being.

Congress is now considering only a one-year extension in timber funds for O and C counties &

not enough to consider reopening the libraries in our county.

To me, short-term economic outlay comes second to the long-term legacy that "we the people" help to provide our fellow citizens. When future generations look back at us, what will they think?

With your goodwill, and your 'yes' vote on Measure 15-75, the libraries can provide already limited services and we can have a chance to sort out the best funding solution for the future.

Kathleen F. Leary

Fiscal responsibility a must for city

Ashland's financial management baffles me. We have been told that Ashland is facing a budget deficit, but it seems there is enough fat in the budget to rob essential services of funding to service AFN's debt. Meanwhile, we can't find the money to keep our library open in a town where literature and knowledge is presumed to be highly valued, and I submit, more essential than AFN.

A library needs to be funded out of the general fund. It is the mark of an intelligent society. Even during the great depression and World War II, the libraries were kept open. It is disgraceful that we are now asking the voters for a levy that assures funding for only three more years! Our elected officials need to review their priorities and set policies that provide the services people need most.

Carmon Auble

Congrats to OSF

Kudos to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for the new seats in the Bowmer, but why didn't they replace that tatty carpeting? It gets shabbier and shabbier.

Maxine Scott

Impeachment is public policy

Impeachment is the only check and balance open to the people to hold elected officials accountable. It is not a radical measure &

it is not civil disobedience. It is absolutely necessary and reasonable. And there is no veto power that can be used to defeat this. Impeachment is our right and our representatives need to start listening to the people. Several states have voted to impeach the President and the Vice President for their crimes.

Impeachment is the least severe action that should be pursued by the people as redress. It is ridiculous for the Democratic leadership to act like this is a measure that is out of the question. What are they thinking?

Cheryl Rawson

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