Letters to the editor

'A bomb' not 'atrocity'

Michelle Zundel writes about what she calls the " ... nuclear atrocity of Hiroshima." (Tidings, May 12).

I don't think of it as an atrocity. I was 17 at the time trying to decide which branch of military service to enlist in. My older brother had recently been liberated from a German prison camp. Two neighbor boys had died in the Bataan death march. Another neighbor (the first war death from my city) was killed at Pearl Harbor.

There are a lot of WWII vintage people who don't think of the dropping of the atomic bomb as an atrocity.

Maynard Telpner

Warming criticism carries no weight

Dr. Corbet (Letter May 10) dogmatically rejects the notion of global warming. He is entitled to his opinion. But if he expects to win over critically-minded adherents he must do more than simply state his views. I suggest he take his cue from George Monbiot, author of "Heat: How To Stop the Planet From Burning" (2007). Monbiot refutes the non-scientific arguments of another climate-denier, Alexander Cockburn, by emphasizing that: "The first test of whether a scientific critique carries any weight is whether or not its claims can be traced to articles published in peer-reviewed journals.

Cockburn provides no references of any kind. As a result it is impossible for someone who is not an expert in this field to assess his claims. Have the 'papers' he refers to been published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal? Cockburn does not tell us. If they have not, they carry no scientific weight." (This rebuke was published in the most recent "Z Magazine" and may also be accessed at . It includes many other criteria that must be met by any denier.)

Dr. Corbet has fun ridiculing and denigrating those who follow the scientific evidence that supports the reality of global warming but his views are unsupported by peer-reviewed science and carry no scientific weight.

Gerald Cavanaugh

Big 'A' bad for

I'm glad to hear that Jean Frazier is open to some public comment on the idea of the high schoolers planting a big fat white elephant on Mt. Grizzly. I vote no! As to ties to the school, I've been donating to their art department regularly and am all for school spirit. But to me the big white A on an otherwise spectacularly beautiful mountainside is as repugnant as a billboard.

Let's take school spirit and turn it to something that really means something, like a cultural project with our sister city in Mexico, a well-thought out and executed public art project downtown, or a beautiful young tree planted somewhere with a plaque commemorating the class of '07. This community does not lack for creative ideas. Let the high school take some initiative and come up with something they can really be proud of.

Nancy Rerucha

No 'A' on the hills

Like many Ashlanders, I have the great blessing of lifting up my eyes to the hills that surround us with beauty. How fortunate we are to gaze at nature from afar even if we can't hike the trails. Please don't allow some misguided "Go Grizzly" adolescent spirit to mar this vista.

Joan Steele

Tragedy of reality

Dead soldiers and dead libraries: When the insane war drain is over, sadly, only the libraries will return.

Steve Levine


Why Dead Indian Memorial Road?

I enjoy the many names in the country that give reference and honor to America's Indian history. I was raised in Minnesota, near Lake Minnetonka and Hiawatha Falls. In Ashland, various street names, Kootenia, Salishan, Takelma even Lakota, a plains Indian Sioux tribe, are not only historic reminders but also beautiful words. What I can't come to terms with is Dead Indian Memorial Road. I am aware that the addition of "Memorial" was an effort for a more sensitive and politically correct name but it still is uncomfortable. Dead Indian, dead Jew, dead African, dead Brit, dead Mexican? None of these sounds right to me. Why is Dead Indian OK? Come on; go along with me on this. Let's call it Indian Memorial Road or Native American Memorial Road.

Tom Howard


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