Letters to the Editor

Immigration march set Saturday

At 11 a.m. Saturday, many of us will be marching in Medford to demonstrate our support for immigration reform. The march will begin at Vogel Plaza at the corner of West Main Street and Central Avenue, and end at Hawthorne Park, where we will share our concerns about the treatment of immigrants at a Multicultural Fair and demonstration. Elias Bermudez, an immigration reform activist from Arizona, will speak about the recent anti-immigrant laws in Arizona.

Sunday at noon, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland, will present a talk by Elias Bermudez to help us begin to educate ourselves about the moral implications of immigration.

We invite and welcome all interested people to join us Saturday as we walk together in Medford, and Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ashland.

Natalie Tyler


We, not the deer,are encroachers

Thank you for your straightforward, enlightening reporting in the Sept. 21 issue of the Daily Tidings entitled, "Residents ask mayor to curb deer problem."

I thought Mayor John Stromberg came off very well in hearing all sides of the debate regarding Ashland's deer population and district wildlife biologist Mark Vargas summed up the current situation perfectly when he said, "It's a behavioral issue with humans and it's not something that can be changed instantly."

As an Ashland resident myself, I fall on the side of the deer and all of the wildlife that shares our valley. I live in Quiet Village and there are plenty of deer roaming free and eating my pear trees, but the way my family and I look at it is that human beings are the encroachers here. The deer have lived on this land a lot longer than people have. Deer are only a problem when they are fed by humans and become too comfortable with us.

I say, "educate rather than legislate" any day of the week. As houses creep farther and farther into our hills and fields, where are these animals supposed to go?

We have to remember how the food chain works here in Oregon: When you kill cougars, the deer population increases; when you kill coyotes, the squirrel and rat population increases. Let's all just be glad that we live in a beautiful valley where trees and wildlife are abundant.

There are plenty of places to live in the world where there are no wildlife issues at all due to urban sprawl and the fact that everything is covered in concrete. The wildlife in Ashland is one of the reasons I love it here so much.

Dave Nichols


Support Navickas for City Council

The choice for Ashland City Council this year could not be easier.

Eric Navickas represents you and me — the working class — those who work hard and sometimes struggle to be able to afford living in Ashland. Eric's focus has been on sustainability, jobs, affordable living and a diverse citizenry. Eric is the voice of the people — of you and me.

In contrast, Eric's opponent is the voice of the chamber of commerce, developers and those in real estate. And, the last time Eric's opponent ran for office, he promised to stick to a spending limit. Instead, he spent three times the limit he had promised to adhere to.

Honesty. Integrity. Sustainability. Jobs. Affordable living for all. And a diverse citizenry. I'm supporting Eric Navickas for Ashland City Council.

Tom Dimitre


Navickas worksto keep city safe

I arrived in Ashland in 2007 expecting to find a beautiful, progressive, health-conscious community. In most ways, Ashland is all that and more, but we ignore the serious local issues at our peril.

Nothing is more critical than drinking water. The proposed ski area expansion could reduce Ashland's drinking water, both quantity and quality. There are even some who would privatize our drinking water.

All of us who use Lithia Park, other city parks and public areas, and school grounds and playing fields are regularly exposed to toxic pesticides.

City Councilor Eric Navickas has shown he'll defend Ashland's drinking water from short-sighted development schemes and work to make Ashland pesticide-free like many other communities. Councilor Navickas, a businessman and organic farmer, stands for green jobs, affordable housing, and land-use planning that enhances our city.

I trust Eric.

Frances Dunham


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