Letters to the Editor

We're all born with a compassion gene

Here is a response to Kevin Horrigan's Commentary of Jan. 16, "What a Furry Blue Monster can teach us about sharing the heat."

I believe we're all born with a compassionate gene. It's our wanting to hop in there to help relieve an unhappy situation. When news of a disaster happens, people all over the world offer to help.

Thank God we do. We need each other. We are able to help each other, and how good it feels. This giving/receiving are flip sides of a coin, and both rejoice from the interaction.

Most of us are better at giving than at receiving. Stop to feel the pleasure you feel in giving; remember that feeling when someone wants to give to you. Let them feel their joy.

No way can we happily get thru this life without helping each other. Especially now, when so many are suffering.

Our time of chaos is happening because a new paradigm is slowly emerging: A society that "is there" for everyone. My message: Spread your compassion.

Carola Lacy


Vote no in May; GMOs are not evil

Are agricultural corporations who hold patented GMO plant material evil? Genetic engineers disagree and they suggest GMO plants are needed to avoid future starvation from global warming and increasing population. With the use of GMO crops we will see less pesticides, maybe more herbicides, less tillage plus saving topsoil, and/or better plant adaptation.

GMO plants are also being developed and patented by universities or ag industries besides corporations. Passing Measure 15-119 would ban all GMO plant material in Jackson County, including woody material and seed crop sources from OSU or other institutions. However, this initiative could be meaningless in Oregon because it opposes the state right-to-farm laws.

Already the wine grape industry has a GMO that would reduce the necessity of spraying eight to 10 pesticides a year for powdery mildew. This is an institutionally held GMO plant material from Australia that would make it easier for our local industry to grow organic/sustainable grape production.

Also, future pear production may include a GMO to improve the ripening, since a research group in Washington State has identified the gene for ripening.

These are examples for local GMO crops we may soon expect but which won't occur if Measure 15-119 passes. Vote no on the county ballot.

Porter Lombard


Scout tree-cycling day was a success

This past Saturday, Ashland Boy Scout Troop 112 collected over 1,200 Christmas trees from all around the city of Ashland. These trees would have ended up in our landfill or burned. Instead, they were recycled into chips by the Ashland Parks Department to be used on the trails in our parks. Over 80 people participated in this event.

Thanks go to the Ashland Parks Department for use of the Senior Center as a base of operations, Jason Minica and his crew for providing and operating the chipper, volunteers from the Ashland Lions Club and Scouts and adults from Pack 112 and Troop 112 for covering the town picking up trees, Darryl Grupé for his overall coordination of the project and the people of Ashland for participating in this recycling endeavor.

The generous donations by citizens of Ashland to Troop 112 for this service will help to fund this year's summer camp and future high-adventure treks. More importantly, all of the Scouts that worked that day learned the value of community service.

If we missed your tree please call 541-482-0042. 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


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