Letters to the editor

Invitation to theCalifornia coast

As we experience record summer temperatures, I'd like to invite and welcome you to come visit Humboldt County, California &

where things are still cool, shady, and relaxed in an Ashland kind of way.

Very few things are as enjoyable as a campfire beneath the redwoods, listening to the ocean surf or rivers' song, and enjoying the good surroundings, food, art, and people nearby. I think you'll like it as much as the excellent weather. Come on down to the California North Coast and see what we're famous for. We would enjoy seeing and being with our Ashland and Jackson County neighbors..

Steve D'Agati

Arcata, CA

Exercise your power of redress

June 30, 2008 may be remembered in history as the day Americans began, in earnest, the moral and solemn process of holding their servant government accountable to the Constitution &

under threat of withdrawal of allegiance, support and tax money.

Approximately 1,200 American citizens began the process of exercising a profound, but little-known, 800-year-old right first articulated in Magna Carta by formally serving a "Legal Notice and Demand" for redress of grievances upon the president, the attorney general and every member of Congress at their local district offices.

Incredibly, academic research since 1986 makes clear the right to petition for redress is NOT a redundant statement of the right of speech. It is in fact, the individual exercise of popular sovereignty. Here's what the founders of the first Congress wrote: "If money is wanted by Rulers who have in any manner oppressed the People, they may retain it until their grievances are redressed, and thus peaceably procure relief, without trusting to despised petitions or disturbing the public tranquility."

In accordance with the Journals of the Continental Congress, 1:105-113, citizens are demanding an official response within 40 days &

the notice includes seven petitions for redress of grievances regarding substantial violations of our Constitution including the war, money, privacy, arms and tax clauses. If liberty and constitutional order are to survive peacefully, it is imperative that the people learn about and exercise the unalienable right of redress.

For details about the plan to restore constitutional order, visit: /revolution.

Katherine Lehman, President

People for the USA Grange


Consumer scam or simple oversight?

Beware the Shell station at exit 19. On Saturday, July 5, the posted price of regular gas there was $4.499 per gallon. That's bad enough, but if you didn't notice that some of the pumps are "MINI" and some are "FULL" you might have missed the fine print.

The "FULL" service price is $4.899 per gallon!

And since you weren't pumping your own gas, you probably didn't notice that, since it is posted nowhere but the tiny digital readout on the pump. Oh, yeah ... please pull forward.

Now the pump and the tiny readout are even with your fuel filler cap, so you can't read it even if you try. A surprise of forty cents per gallon extra? If you got an 18-gallon fill-up, that was $7.20 for someone to smear your windshield for you.

I'd call it a scam.

Nick Tennant

In search of local common sense

Do Ashland city employees have so little to do they can search for obscure ordinances to harass businesses about some attractive attributes?

Why are cute flower boxes not hindrances? Why are sidewalk tables and chairs (that are taxed) not otherwise a problem? Why are our expensively-coached council members now so compliant when our merchants need help that it is not forthcoming?

Must we make the national news over a teddy bear, a wagon, a lion, and a statue? Is this the Land of Oz, or what?

I've lived in Ashland for over thirty tears, but these are changes that are not only unnecessary, they come at a time when the local economy needs all the help it can get, not more roadblocks.

Where is our common sense?

Maxine Scott

Regarding gun club lease

I have received a disturbing e-mail from Citizens for Fiscal and Environmental Responsibility concerning renewing the gun club's lease. If the information is accurate, then I feel that we should not renew the lease pending more information and study.

I am very concerned about the problems with the build up of lead and costs and liabilities that the City and Ashland residents may incur. Please proceed cautiously in this matter and let me know your position concerning this matter!

John M. Kalb MS DC

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