Letters to the editor

Campaign remarks raise brows

The following are very interesting statements made during recent political campaigning:

1. "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."

2. "It's time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, and for the few ... and to replace it with shared responsibility for shared prosperity."

3. "(We) ... can't just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people."

4. "We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own ... in order to create this common ground."

5. "I certainly think the free market has failed."

6. "I think it's time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in (the) entire economy, that they are being watched."

These interesting, but troubling statements were made by Hillary Clinton. Think about it. I have. And I cannot support such radical thinking.

Don Paul

Navickas is an environmentalist?

How can you guys call Eric Navickas 'one of the area's most prominent environmental activists?' Although Eric certainly has been active in opposing the Mount Ashland expansion, I have never heard or seen him get active in support of other local green issues that are of far greater impact and far greater environmental importance, such as local clean air.

This valley has had some of the dirtiest air in the nation, in part by reason of old polluting uncontrolled 'grandfathered' industrial polluters that are still refusing to install the latest in pollution control technology. Where has Eric been on these important issues?

I have never seen him at any meetings or hearings regarding these important issues (although I have seen regularly Ashland City Councilmember David Chapman at many such hearings and meetings in recent years). If Eric is such a prominent green activist, he and other Ashlanders can demonstrate their support for clean air by showing up on Thursday, Nov. 29, from — p.m. to 6 p.m., at the local DEQ Office, 221 Stewart Avenue, in Medford.

At that time, the DEQ will be taking public comments regarding a DEQ proposal to extend, for no good reason, the deadline for our largest local industrial polluters to clean up their toxic carcinogenic pollutants. These polluters emit, collectively, hundreds of tons of cancer causing pollutants and the DEQ has gotten in bed with them and is protecting their profits, rather than protect the Rogue Valley public from such hazardous industrial emissions.

If Eric Navickas and other Ashlanders are such supporters of the local environment, then they should show up and listen, and even offer a comment to the DEQ, telling the DEQ that clean air and reduction of toxic pollutants are important.

See you there, Eric?

Conde Cox Jacksonville

Festival float flummox

For the past six years, students from Southern Oregon University, School of Education Special Education Program and Council for Exceptional Children (SOU Chapter) have entered a float in the annual Festival of Lights Parade. Our float distributes books to the children and families of Ashland and the surrounding area.

Over the past six years, we have given away over 20,000 books. These books are collected though donation, fund raising, and special requests; this year we received a generous donation from Scholastic, Inc. Each year, participation in the parade is a highlight of our program.

Due to confusion at the beginning of the parade, our float was not allowed to be a part of this year's parade. We did make an effort to walk down Main Street without our float to pass out books to the children and families we met. We were able to give away some of the 2,100 books we collected this year to families along the parade route; we know we missed many as well.

We hope to be a part of next year's parade &

and the organization will be better so every entry scheduled to be in the parade can take part in this magical event. We know many families look forward to seeing the "Book Float" at the parade.

To all the businesses and individuals who helped make this year's book collection a huge success, know that these books will be distributed next year.

SOU students and advisors Special Education Program

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