Letters to the editor

'The spirit of the community'

The other day in my role as coordinator of Ashland's "Meal on Wheels," I got a call from from a bakery. They had overbaked, said the sweet young lady, would our clients appreciate the surplus? Discounting the overbaking claim, I allowed that they certainly would. So that afternoon, the bakery's van delivered 25 packages of mixed bagels each to our drivers at the Southern Oregon University kitchens, and the latter set off on their routes to make their visit a special one for housebound and often bedridden folks.

I don't know whether this is an instance of the Spirit of Capitalism, but I do know it is one of the spirit of community. In a world where we hear daily about ugly, mean-spirited, selfish and rapacious acts, it gives me great pleasure to make this fundamentally decent and generous one a matter of public record.

G.E. Massey

One stolen bike, a thousand thanks

I just wanted to tell everyone who responded to my sign that I truly appreciate their concern and assistance in the search for my bike. I am astounded by how many people wanted to help and how many expressed their sympathy.

I never thought just putting out a sign would initiate such a large community response. My faith in the good of people has been renewed. Even though I have yet to locate my bike, I feel much better about the circumstances thanks to you all.

I especially want to thank two Ashland locals, who wish to remain anonymous, for donating a bicycle to me &

and to everyone who offered to donate one after I had already received a bike. I am ever grateful.

Eva Darrow

Thanks to mayor for bombing vigil

Thank you, Mayor Morrison, for participating and encouraging others to attend the 22nd annual community vigils on Aug. 6 and 9, commemorating the tragic days when the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Your demonstrated commitment as a Mayor for Peace in one of the first cities to declare itself (in 1979) a nuclear-free zone provides a valuable role model for residents.

Discussing the myriad vigil events with friends and associates, I was surprised to learn that many otherwise knowledgeable Ashland residents still believe that the dropping of the bombs was necessary to save lives that would have been lost in a protracted war &

a myth well-documented as having been created by then-secretary of war, Henry Stimson, to combat rising criticism from the scientific community (including Albert Einstein).

As John V. Denson, author of "The Costs of War" and "Reassessing the Presidency," points out, and as Councilor Eric Navickas echoed at the vigils closing ceremony, "If Americans would come to recognize the truth, rather than the myth, it might cause such a moral revolt that we would take the lead throughout the world in realizing that wars in the future may well become nuclear, and therefore all wars must be avoided at almost any cost."

Thanks to all who helped provide this valuable educational experience; and may all who value life and peace engage regularly in some nonviolent action, however big or small, public or private, to help ensure that atomic bombs fall never again.

Pam Vavra

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