Letters to the Editor

Remind Obama of his promise

So once again the wolf becomes the target. For human rage, fear, severed kinship with nature and our own natural instincts. We introduce this vital life form, vital to our ecological health, then we kill it off.

I hope that President Obama will make good his "talk" when he declared his support for respect for animals and their rightful place in our natural environment. I have spent some time with wolves in remote Colorado. If one looks this bold and wild animal in the eyes, you will know it has its place in the natural order of things.

Please write Obama and remind him of his promise to us and to the the wolves. The wolf has found its way into our land here. May we be fortunate enough to witness its walk among us.

Anne Stine


Scouts' tree-cycling day was a success

This past Saturday, Ashland Boy Scout Troop 112 collected over 1,000 once-loved Christmas trees from all around the city of Ashland.

These trees would have ended up in our landfill. Instead, they were recycled into chips by the Ashland Parks Department to be used as mulch on the city park trails.

Thanks go to Jeff McFarland and the Ashland Parks Department crew for providing and operating the chipper as well as use of the Senior Center as a base of operations, volunteers from the Ashland Lions Club, Pack 112 and Troop 112 scouts and families, the kitchen crew, Darryl Grup for his overall coordination of the project and the people of Ashland for making it all happen.

The generous donations by Ashlanders to Troop 112 for this service will help to fund many of the troop's projects and activities this year. More importantly, all of the scouts who worked that day learned the value of community service.

If we picked up your tree and you would like to donate to Troop 112 for this service, please send a check to: Troop 112, P.O. Box 839, Ashland, OR 97520.

John Engelhardt, scoutmaster, Troop 112


Picking up litter buoyed my spirits

I live a couple of blocks from the high school. I was on my way home from a walk when I was passed by a young, probably twenty-something, man.

After a moment, he stopped and picked up a carry-out beverage container, complete with protruding straw, that had been tossed on the grass next to the sidewalk. Then, he stopped again and collected a thrown-away plastic water bottle and some other smaller debris on the edge of someone's lawn.

I was impressed and, as he caught up with me again, I told him that I could take those things and put them in my garbage just a short distance away. He thanked me, handed them over and said that the nearest place to drop them was at the Safeway a few blocks further on.

I told him that I was inspired by his actions and as we walked on together, the two of us continued to pick up various other lunch litter, which I consolidated for eventual dumping in my trash can. It was surprisingly uplifting and buoyed my spirits for a good while after we thanked each other and then split off to continue along our separate paths.

Donald Wertheimer


ACCESS thanks Fred Meyer stores

I would like to thank local Fred Meyer stores for their partnership with ACCESS as we strive to feed the hungry in Jackson County.

In December, both Medford stores held food drives collecting 11,040 pounds of food. All donations helped fill holiday baskets for the Salvation Army Medford Citadel, which provides food for the hungry as part of the ACCESS Food Share Pantry Network of 25 food pantries throughout Jackson County.

ACCESS depends upon these partnerships to reach our goal of ensuring no one in Jackson County goes hungry. In addition to food drives, beginning in 2005, Fred Meyer has partnered with ACCESS in donating over 1 million pounds of nutritious food through the Fresh Alliance perishable food program.

Once again, thank you to Fred Meyer, The Salvation Army and everyone in our community who participated in the food drive.

Glory Cooper, ACCESS nutrition programs coordinator


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