Letters to the editor, June 23

School did justice to Supreme Court event

On behalf of the justices and staff of the Oregon Supreme Court, I would like to thank Ashland High School for welcoming the court when it heard cases at the school on May 19, 2010.

We appreciated the welcome we received from school administrators, the interest of teachers in teaching civics and the law, and especially the students who attended the oral arguments and had lunch with members of the court.

We were impressed by the interest in the law displayed by the students through their attention and thoughtful questions. We hope that our visit provided a real-life look at how Oregon courts impartially interpret the law and protect the rights of Oregonians, and that our visit was as educational and enjoyable for them as it was for us.

Paul J. De Muniz

Chief Justice

Oregon Supreme Court


Mom thankful she didn't lose her son

My son was a skater in the 1980s. He didn't wear a helmet. The worst damages were to his shoe soles used as brakes. In retrospect, I am very grateful, he was a skilled athlete, as was Jesse Brandsen.

Jesse I knew as a baby, a beautiful child, dead at 26! What a horrific loss. He might be alive today if he had worn a helmet.

Parents, pay attention, buy your skater a cool helmet, insist he/she wear it. The street is harder than anyone's head! And to lose your child is every parent's nightmare.

Viv Ainsworth


Wait is too long for justice in murders

It's been 22 very sad, long, terribly difficult months since the murder of David Lewis on the summit of the Dead Indian Memorial Road. Sheriff Winters has refused to meet with, speak with or show proper public-official consideration for the Lewis or Carney families. How very odd, because law enforcement from all over the nation is willing to converse and meet to discuss Dave's case.

Winters is David's close neighbor and acquaintance-friend. Mike Winters should have recused himself; he is too close to the situation at hand, it is wrong and unseemly. It has made the murder and arson all the more difficult.

The community has killers walking free. Dave was set on fire. His entire home and contents burned to the ground. Another nearby cabin arsoned too, what crimes occurred there? Troy Carney was found brutally murdered on the Greenway, that same terrible fateful day. A year later, public information that an undisclosed-link exists between the two homicides.

Time and people move on, memories fade, interest wanes. Two healthy men in the prime of their lives murdered in cold blood. David and Troy gone forever. We have always been thankful to law enforcement. We believe they will make arrests; Dave and Troy deserve nothing less. We did not want to consider the possibility of a scandal. Regardless of who has committed these murders, friend or foe, they need to be brought to justice, now. We cry out for justice because the victims can not. Twenty-two months is too long.

Linda Lewis


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