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Excerpt from the Dec. 27 article, With the worst over, Cullinan looks ahead:

Mary Cullinan is well into her second year as president of Southern Oregon University after a tumultuous start. During her first year, she guided the university through a $4 million budget shortfall and the creation of a three-year retrenchment plan.

Online response:

SOU will return to sustainability under Dr. Cullinan's leadership. It's a very exciting time at the University, and a breath of fresh air following a very challenging time. As an SOU grad, it's good to finally take a deep breath.

Sheriff Don Lamb

Neptune, CA

Excerpt from the Dec. 22 article, Land-use lawsuits pile up:

Few people say they know Art Bullock well. Few people know Art is not his real name. Few people know why he moved to Ashland or what motivates his tireless legal opposition to the city's land-use and planning decisions.

Online response:

I say more power to him. Here in Ontario we have the reverse. Local developers suing the city when they don't get their way. That all changed with the new mayor. He caters to them at our expense. Semper Fi, Art! If he is like me, he is tired of local developers calling the shots. Citizens of Ashland need to stand up to special interests as do those here. Do not let developers lie, intimidate, and threaten your local government. It is not in your best interests

Larry Lane

Ontario Oregon

I get a little tired of folks talking about "greedy developers" and suggesting that Art Bullock and others are somehow "protecting" Ashland from change. First, most of the "greedy" developers here are your neighbors. They love Ashland just as much as you and while you might disagree with them on a project or two they aren't exactly Sam Walton out to ruin the town.

Bullock is simply an obstructionist. He, like the others, isn't FOR anything but the status quo and seeing his name in print.

George Kramer

Response to the Dec. 19 Daily Tidings TV show:

My top stories would include the railroad property cleanup debacle. A sound, approved plan for removing tainted soil was "railroaded" by a small group of malcontents, abetted by the Green Mafia council. The railroad tract could and should be developed to become a vital centerpiece of Ashland. Instead, through failure of Council leadership, we will be left with a brownfield, indefinitely. I don't blame the railroad one bit &

if I were them, I'd leave it sit and rot as a lesson to us.

Rich Kline

Excerpt from the Dec. 24 article, Whose street is it anyway?:

Residents of Schofield Street became unwitting ammunition in the longstanding feud between Art Bullock and the city, and many are none too happy about it.

Among the seven lawsuits Bullock has filed against the city of Ashland one challenges the local improvement district along Schofield Street in the far north end of town, where residents and businesses would be taxed for street and sidewalk maintenance.

On Schofield Street, the majority of residents petitioned the city to create the district so they could have their gravel road paved.

Online responses:

This is about getting a dangerous street paved. The bottom part of Schofield where it joins N. Main is not wide enough for cars to pass each other. What that means is, if a car turns up Schofield from N. Main and there is another car coming down, there is not enough room for the two to pass.

Schofield narrows about 15 feet up from N. Main. Because this is a dirt road, a rear-wheel vehicle truck with no weight in the back has a hard time getting traction on that steepness. I have had to back into 40 mph traffic on N. Main to get a running start up the grade of Schofield, spitting gravel all the way.

The LID will fix this problem.

This is not about big developers. This is just about getting a problem street paved.

Now we can get to Bullocks lawsuit (sitting in front of me). Nothing short of outright lies (Bullock is not a trustee of property within the boundries of the Schofield LID as stated) to frivolity.

Stuart Cotts

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