Letters to the Editor

Hemp prohibition makes no sense

Many examples point to our nation turning into a fascist police state.

Jeff Barnard's recent articles "Federal agents raid medical marijuana plot" (Tidings, Sept. 30) and "Timber payments expire with no fix in sight for state" (Tidings, Oct. 1) clearly display our so-called federal representatives with their heads stuck in the muck of Washington, D.C.

At the federal level, we have only blind fools controlled by corporate and financial interests. Congressman Ron Paul is the exception.

There's an obvious fix for The Secure Rural Schools Act, but the federal ban on growing medical marijuana and hemp is still in place. Why? Does this prohibition make sense to anyone not affiliated with Big Pharma or Big Timber?

In 1998, Oregonians approved the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. So why are we allowing the federal gestapo to destroy our medical marijuana plants?

Hemp-supporter Ron Paul and the Oregon House and Senate have vision, yet corporate power structures dictate we remain in the dark ages. Please read Jack Herer's book: The Emperor Wears No Clothes at http://www.jackherer.com/thebook/.

In 2009, Gov. Ted Kulongoski signed the Oregon hemp farming bill into law after it was easily passed by both the Oregon House and Senate. The most favorable growing areas for hemp have been studied by Oregon State University (see "Feasibility of Industrial Hemp Production in the United States Pacific Northwest" at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/catalog/html/sb/sb681/).

We're ready to reap the rewards of a billion-dollar, sustainable and green industry. But our nannies in D.C. will not tolerate it.

Thomas Paine wrote: "It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government." The people of Oregon and our representatives in Salem must stand up to the insanity blanketing Capitol Hill.

Robert Simms


Ashland Food Bank says thanks

I wanted to take the opportunity on behalf of the board of directors to thank all those in the community who have supported the Ashland Emergency Food Bank for the past 39-plus years and remind everyone of our new location at 560 Clover Lane.

The Ashland Emergency Food Bank was founded over 39 years ago with the simple mission to provide emergency food supplies to those in need. Since then, the organization has grown, as has the number of individuals and families we serve.

As we move out of our previous building on Ashland Street, it is important that we recognize the tremendous support we have received from Alan DeBoer and John Schweiger, who both leased the building to the AEFB at a rate that allowed us to focus on our mission. Alan and John have been longtime supporters of the Ashland Emergency Food Bank and we would not be in the position we are today without their support.

I would also like to thank People's Bank and in particular Ken Trautman and John Boyd, who helped us secure the lease for the new location. They truly embody the spirit of a community bank.

We invite everyone to come and check out our new place. We are still open Monday through Friday and the first Saturday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Thank you again to the entire community for your unwavering support over these many years and for the many years to come.

Greg Lemhouse, president, Ashland Emergency Food Bank board of directors


Thanks for letting us wash your cars

On Saturday, Oct. 1, Ashland Kiwanis held a car wash to raise funds to help us support many of our children's and community projects. We raised nearly $450.

Kiwanis sends a big thank you to the general public for letting us wash your cars and trucks, and helping to fund these projects.

We would also like to thank Les Schwab for letting us use their parking areas for the car wash, and providing the water. In addition, we would like to thank Pieter Smeenk, city of Ashland engineer, for providing a system to drain the soap suds away from the storm drain and Bear Creek. A "green solution" car wash soap was used.

Lastly, many thanks go to the Ashland High School Key Club members who volunteered to help with the car wash. We couldn't have done it without you!

If you would like to learn more about Kiwanis and get involved in its many programs for children and others in the community, please call 541-488-0532.

Ron Parker,

Ashland Kiwanis

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