Letters to the Editor

Ashland schools are not really that great

Wow. Ashland is an amazing place: great people, great schools. There is so much to offer to families and the older generation to boot!

Wait. Did I say families? I digress.

What I meant was: The high school is lacking 12 educational hours to obtain accredidation, and decided to not add two days of curriculum. I hear the plan is they're just going to add a few hours of after school activity to the books (so no more tax dollars are spent) to meet the requirement? For lack of a better term, barf!

We moved from Ashland this month. The principal of my son's new school has made a point to meet with my son and I three times since enrollment. When it was apparent that my son was not up to the California testing standards, he was offered a different class with a smaller size, as well as special help classes and free tutoring. I had never met the principal of Helman School, not once, in the six months my child was enrolled there.

Tell me, Ashland, what is it you expect from your school system? From your town? Instead of making Lithia Park gorgeous and mowing five days a week (so it seems), how about investing a few extra dollars to the future of the world?

I thought Ashland schools were great. I was naïve, like so many Ashlanders are, simply because I didn't know any better.

Better communities? Advertising "conscious activites?" What could be more conscious that educating our children; surely it is not puppet shows and veganism. However, this type of consciousness seems to be the only type Ashland has to offer.

Melissa Bradley


Teens' fear of police is very bothersome

Something that seems to come up frequently in teenage conversation is how police officers seem to be the enemy. I have heard so many people say that they are more afraid of the cops than comfortable with them. Aren't police supposed to be here to help and protect us?

It's sad that teenagers are growing up with the belief that we should avoid cops in fear of getting introuble. Is it the reputation the Ashland police have of giving out so many minor-in-possession citations?

I don't know what could be done to prevent this growing fear, but I'm sure that a lot of the older gereration, especially parents, might find this interesting if not frightening.

Allison Mau


Parking issues reflect Ashland's new vibe

Let me get this right: A few people have racked up huge parking ticket penalties, so now someone has suggested a "three strikes you're out" loss of his/her transportation and possibly livelihood.

But let's forget him/her for a minute and consider downtown Ashland as a mall, in competition with Talent's Wal-Mart and Medford's malls, where one may park the live long day with nary a concern about getting a ticket at all.

Then there is this new harsh attitude — a rather vicious one — that would gladly smash errant owners' cars to smithereens and toss them in their driveways, without any consideration for individual circumstances.

I might not feel this so keenly except for being aware of the destruction of a thriving enterprise by a manager who instituted similar cumulative harsh measures — with a board approving what seemed cost-effectiveness — that slowly drained the heart and soul out of the business.

Oh, warm, welcoming, friendly City of Ashland — where have all the flowers gone? Ah, gone the way of our dear sidewalk chaperones and cherished newspaper boxes. But weep not for them, weep for the impending loss of our little city of brotherly love.

Jeanne Marie Peters


Keep progressive opinions alive

I have recently been informed by the Ashland Daily Tidings that letters to the editor about national politics must now be limited to 250 words and that letters at length and guest opinions must be limited to local issues. I see this as an effort to quiet the voices of the many progressive people of Ashland.

It is my understanding that both the Daily Tidings and the Mail Tribune are owned by Ottaway Community Newspapers, which is owned by Dow Jones, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who owns a large percentage of the newspapers around the world, as well as Fox News — better known as Faux News or Fox Noise. Need I say more? I will!

Newspapers that enforce such policies are not worthy of being called "the news," are trying to keep us uninformed or misinformed and are fighting progress for anyone but themselves. It is another instance of corporate America using its power to control the real America.

I intend to cancel my subscription to both of the local newspapers and to read the San Francisco Chronicle and other real news publications and I would encourage progressive Ashland residents to do the same, before we reach the point where no progressive points of view may be heard.

Ed Dillon


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