Letters to the editor

Just imagine ...

Imagine a campground for the homeless in Ashland, and 50 Ashlanders who have no place to sleep suddenly with a safe, legal home. This will only bring good things to Ashland.

Homeless communities across America are seeking the same thing: "Just let us be somewhere, a campground, a place to sleep and be safe.

This is, truly, the easiest and cheapest and only way to begin successfully finding solutions to the homelessness problem.

Randy Dolinger

Oppose MAA expansion

I want to add my voice to those opposing the MAA expansion plan, especially the ability to begin work before the appeal has been heard. The people who raised money to buy the ski area from private ownership, myself among them, never imagined an expansion plan at all, much less one that would intrude on our precious watershed.

Even if we were not entering a period of worldwide climate change that will likely affect our already marginal snowfall for the worse, the very idea of jeopardizing such a valuable asset as our water supply is preposterous to me.

From a purely economic standpoint, I don't see that the community as a whole will benefit from increasing the scope of the ski area and may well suffer the cost of reparation, which in any case will be impossible once the trees are cut. Please, let's work to stop this foolhardy plan!

Susan Powell

Thinking of others

In response to Maynard Telpner's denial (Tidings, May 17th) that the "A bomb" was not an atrocity, I note that he was thinking of his "older brother, two neighbor boys, and another neighbor" and evidently forgot about the hundreds of thousands of innocent Japanese people who were killed in a most horrible way.

And then, before they were able to realize what had happened and given an opportunity to surrender, five days later, another bomb was dropped on another major city, Nagasaki. The effect of frightening the enemy to end the war could have been achieved by dropping the same bomb on an unoccupied island. Even the American people were astonished at the scope of this atrocious weapon (and yes, I also believe it was "an atrocity".)

I believe this now and I believed it then, in spite of the fact that my husband was in charge of a small radar crew of five to be dropped behind enemy lines to lead in an invasion of Japan. There were six such crews planned in the hope that one would survive to set up the radar equipment. The atom bomb really saved his life, but at what a price!

Vivian Korn

War is murder

In the world's history book of people who had the conscience and courage to do what is right, despite all odds against them, in actions motivated by love &

Ehren Watada will have 5 stars on his page. For he has chosen to do what is right, but also &

he knows what "is right." (Ehren, who lives in the Hawaiian Islands, is currently on trial for refusing to go to Iraq to kill other human beings).

The "honorable" Ehren Watada's stand reminds me of another "man of courage" in the past who refused the United States military order to kill other human beings under the guise of "patriotism" and "loyalty" to one's country. His name is Pvt. Slovak. He was executed by firing squad &

his dead body then graved at "Potters Field." It was U.S. President Eisenhower who gave that order.

Perhaps, one of the greatest minds in world history &

Albert Einstein, said it best. "He who joyfully marches to music rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action. It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder."

Robert S. Macknowski

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