Letters to the Editor

Please show support for Mount Ashland

One of the greatest incentives in deciding to settle in the Rogue Valley 17 years ago was that my young family could enjoy access to Mount Ashland, one of the nation's only nonprofit ski areas.

In 1991, citizens of the Rogue Valley united to save Mount Ashland when the former owners announced plans to discontinue operations. The value of a ski area so close to home was recognized by the entire community. Since that time, Mount Ashland has offered families an amazingly affordable winter experience at the risk of operating with smaller profit margins. Because of this, the ski area needs our help.

Inadequate snowfall throughout the western United States last winter left Mount Ashland in the red by springtime. Ski area managers reduced expenses wherever possible, but the season ended with a deficit of nearly $150,000.

Mount Ashland is a vital part of the valley's economy. On any winter day there are dozens of cars with out-of-state plates in the parking lot. Those skier and snowboarder dollars add up quickly.

Please help support Mount Ashland with a contribution. It would be tragic for this important economic and community asset to disappear because of one bad winter.

Brian Winkler

Jacksonville

Realigning streets is a waste of money

The city wants to spend $1 million to realign Hersey and Wimer streets on either side of Main Street, so they're directly across from each other. Of all the things to spend a million dollars on in this tight economy, is aligning two streets really the best idea the city can come up with? Seriously?

This paper said these streets, "... cause(s) near-collisions and sometimes crashes as cars try to negotiate tricky left-hand turns off North Main onto Hersey and Wimer."

My wife and I have lived here almost nine years and over time have driven down all these streets, making all the turn options possible, and it never felt difficult or dangerous. Someone should have told us about this "scary" problem and we would have sold our car and never left the house.

But seriously, this intersection and street configuration feels like something you might find in any U.S. town or city. Turning and driving at an intersection like this can be done with ease by anyone, and perhaps that's why other cities with similar conditions haven't all gone to the trouble and expense to change things.

The city talks about how tight their budget is, and we can see programs that have been cut or threatened with cutting. It's time for the city to get a little more realistic with their spending habits, because its citizens are getting tired of illogically spent monies.

J.W. Hatfield

Ashland

For-rent ad from 1970s is still funny

I was browsing through some old papers and ran across this from the Daily Tidings sometime in the early 1970s. It's just as funny now as it was back then:

2 BDRM house: with fireplace, garage, workshop & large yard. $200 per month. No children, no pets, no smokers, no drinkers, no drugs, no gays & no free-thinkers; no Buddhists, no Baptists, no Moonies, no Junies, no Communist sympathizers, room deodorizers, nor tranquilizers; no creeps, no punks, no fools, no losers, no onions & hold the mayo. In fact, never mind — I'm going to sell the property & move to Denver or India or someplace. (And no musicians.)

Robert Stermer-Cox

Gold Hill

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