Letters to the Editor

Befriend FOTAS; adopt a shelter pet

In 2009 there were 605 dogs and 2,468 cats euthanized by Jackson County Animal Control. This would average out to approximately two dogs and seven cats per day.

The numbers have been consistent for the last several years. These numbers could be reduced if consumers would stop buying dogs and cats from breeders, particularly backyard breeders.

There are simply too many dogs and cats available at shelters that preclude supporting those who exploit these species. It should be noted that, because of the fervent efforts of volunteers organized by Friends of the Animal Shelter, 693 dogs and 492 cats were adopted to new homes in 2009.

Please support FOTAS and Jackson County Animal Shelter by licensing your animals. Your licensing fees directly support the shelter. Spaying and neutering your pets can prevent unwanted animals.

Instead of purchasing your pet from a breeder, consider the shelter first. Volunteer through FOTAS to support the animals. You may find the friend you have been looking for by simply walking that dog or caring for that cat as a volunteer.

Lisa A. Frost


Ice cream sales buy a bari sax

For the second summer in a row, our local Lions Club has sold ice cream during the Ashland City Band concerts, donating and matching all of the profits to the middle school and high school band departments. This relationship has become an invaluable resource to our programs, especially as we are confronted with aging instruments and shrinking budgets.

After this summer's successful sales, we have decided to put the Lions club donation towards purchasing a baritone saxophone — the largest of the saxophones that we use in our program and the most expensive. We have been lucky to find a used one in great shape, so we will be adding that to our band program this year and retiring one of our chronically disabled bari saxes.

We are also setting aside some money for purchasing a tuba in the near future. (We are currently in the market for one, so if you happen to know someone who wants to sell a tuba, let us know.) These bigger instruments are vital to the sound and success of our program, and because they are expensive, we like to have them available through our program so that any student who wants to play them can.

We would also like to thank all the people who bought ice cream at the city band concerts — you can think of it as making a direct donation to our band program and in exchange for that, you get some yummy ice cream. For anyone who was not aware of this weekly summer event and treat, check out next year's Ashland City Band concerts. They are on Thursday nights in Lithia Park, starting in late June and ending in mid-August. Bring a picnic, and leave the dessert at home!

Thank you, Lions Club of Ashland, for your continued and valuable support to our band program and all of the students who participate in it.

Jennifer Carstensen, middle school band director; Bruce Dresser, assistant middle school band director; John Soderberg-Chase, high school band director

Put the antenna someplace else

I don't get why ATT won't put their antenna somewhere less intrusive to those most sensitive to it.

Hidden Springs healing center is a treasure in Ashland, and there are definitely viable alternatives for ATT's placement. Let's get real! I vote no to putting it in the Ashland Shopping Center location. The health concerns are real, even if unproven.

Why wait till disaster hits? Today's sources of EMF's are yesterday's cigarettes.

Douglas Falkner, MD


Build new firestation wisely

While the Oak Knoll Fire might cause voters to finally warm up to the building of Fire Station No. 2, it doesn't mean they should approve any city project that wastes land and thereby resources in general.

The last fire station plan was sunk by the voters partly due to the proposed encroachment on the park and by being only partly two stories. Voters were also fatigued by a highly paid staff (compared with the private sector) seemingly wanting to spend too much too freely (i.e., consultant fees), thus imposing too much of a financial burden on residents.

This next fire station design must set the tone for future city projects by being 212 stories to save land and by leaving the park intact. Yes, the existing fire station on Highway 66 is a fully depreciated junk building, but the pattern of land waste by buildings with one, 112 or two stories constructed in past city projects such as the Planning Department, Fire Station No. 1 and the library should not be allowed to continue.

Brent Thompson


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