Letters to the Editor

Cheers to Ashland for peace nomination

Three cheers for Ashland! Our city is one of the five finalists in the small-community category for the 2010 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award.

This award, viewed as a 21st-century peace prize, honors and recognizes the most positive communities in the world based on quality of life, concern for their citizens and impact on the entire world. Other finalists are Coral Springs, Fla.; Darlington, England; Macon, Ga.; and Trier, Germany. The winner will be announced Nov. 16. Go, Ashland!

More info at http://celebratepositive.com/postive-news/nomination-news/

Trish West


Thanks to voters for faith, confidence

I deeply appreciate the faith voters have put in me to continue standing up for our values and way of life in Congress. Thank you for your support and confidence.

Especially during these very difficult economic times, overcoming the challenges we face here at home and across our great country requires everyone to work together in good faith to find solutions that grow private-sector jobs and reduce the inefficiency and wasteful government spending that only adds to the deficits and debt passed on to future generations.

I pledge to do my part to make Congress operate more humbly, openly and with respect for the Constitution and the intelligence of the American people. I'll work to make sure the new Congress makes the people's priorities its priorities.

Working together we can get America and Oregon on a better path. The sooner, the better.

Greg Walden

Oregon's 2nd District representative

Modoc War storyis illuminating

It's a relief the election is passed and over. Having stated this, let's move on to something of historic interest.

Thursday night, Oct. 4, I attended a dynamic presentation by Cheewa James in Klamath Falls at OIT's College Union Auditorium. Cheewa James, a direct Modoc descendant, offered an explosive and personal story of her ancestry. A richly documented, nonfiction narrative of high energy, fictionalized inserts.

Her vast knowledge of the Modoc Indian War (1872-1873) was credible. Attendees at Cheewa's presentation learn that this conflict was one of the most costly Indian campaigns ever fought; the six-month Modoc War pitted some 55 warriors against 1,000 U.S. Army soldiers.

Too, the jagged, hostile terrain in the Lava Beds National Monument just south of present-day Tulelake, Calif., in Eastern Siskiyou County, was a war scene like no other. Cheewa's book titled "Modoc: The Tribe That Wouldn't Die" reveals newly revealed evidence and judgment on the background to the 1872-1873 Modoc Indian War.For over 130 years, the voices of two soldiers were locked away in letters inside relatives' trunks. Now they speak out. As prisoners of war, the exiled Modocs sent to the Quapaw Agency in Oklahoma survived an enemy whose weapons were more lethal than guns.

Cheewa James authored two other notable books, including "Catch the Whisper of the Wind: The beauty of Native American philosophy and principles for living awaits those who choose them" and "Catch the Whisper of the Wind: Inspirational Stories and Proverbs from Native Americans." Having purchased all three of Cheewa's books I intend to donate these to the Research Library of the Southern Oregon Historical Society. Learn about Cheewa James at www.cheewa.com.

James A. Farmer


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