Letters to the editor

George Kramer for mayor

George Kramer has a 20-plus year history of advocating for Old Ashland while shepherding in a wew Ashland that remains lovable yet functional. He's sentimental enough to preserve city landmarks, yet discriminating enough not to clone them into Disney-Oregon.

We can count on George for creative ideas as well as for the encouragement to think for ourselves. While certainly no stranger to his own opinions, he flexes an equally open mind on input from others. George offers us the benefit of years facilitating multi-constituent perspectives. He has grown adept at guiding the decision making process to accommodate diverse needs and win-win outcomes.

Please join us in voting George Kramer for mayor!

Emile and Karen Amarotico

Moving toward motorless parade

My intent in writing this letter is not to rain on anyone's parade, but to suggest that it is time that Ashland truly go "green" with our wonderful July Fourth event and start marching instead of driving.

As I was watching the parade, I couldn't help but think that in these times of depleted resources, rising gas prices, environmental degradation, etc., how nice it would be for us to go car-free on the Fourth. Not only would it be a pleasure to be spared the exhaust from slow-moving and idling cars and trucks, but we can move Ashland into the future by adopting a new model for our procession.

I think it is a small concession for our community to make to show that we are thinking about our future, caring for our environment, and conserving our precious resources.

So let's encourage our young athletes and musical marching bands to get off their gas-powered floats and flat-bed trucks and onto their feet. Get everyone out of their cars and start pushing or pulling those unable to walk (the rickshaws pulled by bicycles currently taking tourists around town would be great). There was a terrific array of bicycles, segways, horses and an electric car or two on parade that were just as exciting for my kids as motorcycle formations spewing fumes in the air.

I know that the beautifully restored and cared for antique autos and those wildly creative art cars will be missed, but maybe we can find a way to display them that would be more environmentally friendly. Thanks to our elected officials Alan Bates and Peter Buckley and all the many others who were out on foot this July Fourth for leading the way. I hope we will see even more of you next year!

Joanne Feinberg

Cycling is getting a dope rap

Every July, I put myself in jail. Locking the doors and shutting the windows to keep out distractions, I stock the fridge with the necessary Gatorade, power bars and fruit. The cooler sits with full water bottles on ice by the futon. This is Tour de France time! Watching the sea of bright colors wind its way through the narrow streets of small medieval French towns and over those large obstacles to speed &

called Alps and Pyrenees &

is my obsession.

Cycling drug-free or drug overdose

Yesterday, during the race the commentator was talking about the latest eviction of a rider for drug use. I thought, 'Not again. This sport is ruined.' Then, I wondered what would baseball do?

Barry Bonds got caught using drug and was suspended for four years! After this, a second drug suspension, the New York Yankees are also suspended! Right, the whole team suspended!

That's what the cycling industry does. A whole team has been disallowed because members were caught using drugs.

At the end of every race the winner and several random riders are required to submit to testing. Can you see that at the end of the Superbowl? The Redskins' win was awarded to the Cowboys because the quarterback tested positive for blood doping!

So, before you condemn cycling for drug use, think about what is really happening. Bicycling says that if you use drugs you are out, period. If your team condones that use they are gone! Cycling is the cleanest, not the dirtiest sport.

I wonder, has golf tested Tiger?

Bill Heimann

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