Letters to the editor

Dance troupe says thanks

As you may or may not know, this will be the last summer that the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Green Show will be performed by the members of Dance Kaleidoscope. Along with the Artistic Director, the bricks, company members and various staff; change has come to a humble stage on Pioneer St. that has been home to a free professional dance performance for the last 10 years. As a member of Dance Kaleidoscope and the current Green Show, I would like to say a few words to the community.

Thank you for all of your love and support over the years. Thank you for embracing us and making Ashland our second home. Thank you for being such an example of a close, responsible community. Thank you for being the warmest of audiences. Thank you for sharing your beautiful mountains and rivers. Thanks for all the beautiful photos. Thanks for being a truly bike friendly town. Thank you for the best haircut I've had in years. Thank you for your strong appreciation for the arts. Thank you for telling me so every time I see you at the Food Coop, on the street, or Starbucks on the weekend. Thank you Libby Appel for bringing us here in the first place. Thank you to all of the wonderful artists and people who have supported us internally at OSF for years.

We will miss you all and miss this place very dearly. You will forever have a special place in our hearts as well.

Mariel Greenlee

Call for strike on September 11

Every day of their lives, the Iraqi people are "commemorating" 9/11 with the unjustifiable occupation and wholesale destruction of their country. Every day of our lives, the American people are "commemorating" 9/11 with the steady erosion of our freedoms and rights.

On 9/11/07, participate in a general strike. Let your voice be heard in protest of the political and corporatist elitists who have used 9/11 as an excuse to perform their own hijacking of sovereign nations and U.S. constitutional liberties.

No work. No school. Buy nothing. Hit the streets.

Lorraine Jarvi


Vote 'yes' on Measure 15-79

As a veteran of 35 years of teaching, I know the value of libraries in a community. We need to continue to supply books to our homebound and to our children and their teachers, their friends and their parents and grandparents. We need to continue to offer all of the excellent services provided by our library. Books open horizons for us at every age. Let us no longer be judged as "the town without a library."

Barbara Hopfinger

Toxic lake warning in Calif.

Last weekend I drove with my two dogs in my camper to Copco Lake in CA. I was told by my neighbor, how beautiful it was there. I wanted to explore the area. There are two lakes there, made by Pacific Power. The Iron Gate and Copco.

The day was hot, the drive beautiful. As we arrive at our destination, I pulled into the first camping &

picnicking area. I was the only visitor there. The dogs rushed into the lake to cool off, while I was hit by the most ghastly raw sewer smell imaginable. I walk to the shoreline, where a sign was posted. It told me that the lake was highly polluted with toxic blue-green algae and that it would affect children and pets the most.

At that time my dogs have come out of the water and we left immediately. Monday Nelly acted ill. No eating, no energy. This went on into Tuesday. I called the Vet. She urged me to bring her in right away! Tests showed that her liver was severely damaged. She has a 50 percent chance of survival. As of this writing Nelly is still in the hospital on an IV-drip.

I am very upset that there was not clearly visible signs marked closed, marked as toxic, and cordoned off with orange tape. I urge you not to go there, it might cost you the life of a loved one.

Heidi Tobler


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