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Letters to the Editor, June 29

How about a Peace theme?

The June 21 issue of the Mail Tribune “Since You Asked” column answered JoAnn of Ashland’s question about the Oregon Shakespeare Festival banners missing from the light poles this year. At first neither the city nor OSF replied. Then OSF emailed: “The old banners were in poor condition and both OSF and the city have yet to decide on how best to utilize those spaces.” How about a peace theme for Ashland?

1. There’s the long tradition of peace and justice, beginning with the Quakers and Peace House 36 years ago.

2. We are a Nuclear Free Zone and a Sanctuary City.

3. The Peace Fence shines in front of the Ashland Library, a tribute from 50-plus Ashland artists.

4. The Daily Tidings’ 10-year weekly Inner Peace column.

5. Ashland’s now an “International City of Peace” — one of 165 in the world, spearheaded by Ashland’s Culture of Peace Commission.

6. In September the World Peace Flame will be installed and burn bright at the new Thalden Pavilion at the SOU Garden, and now in a crowdfunding campaign, https://www.gofundme.com/worldpeaceflameashland

7. The Rogue Valley Peace Choir, and more I may be unaware of.

We would be perfect if we had a permanent shelter for the homeless. How about the new banners designed with homage to OSF but include Native Americans, nonprofit service groups, and those who helped shape and serve this great place of peace? The city could put out a call for artists and donations!

Sally McKirgan, Tidings Inner Peace facilitator

Ashland

Opt-out gouge

Thirty-six dollars a month. Pacific Power moans they need to charge this to cover labor. Which raises the question, how many analog meters can a man read in an hour?

In my cul-de-sac they are here and gone in less than 15 minutes. Ten meters read in a quarter of an hour is 40 an hour. Forty times $36 equals $1,440. Does Pacific Power really pay their guys $1,440 an hour? The CEOs, sure. The guys in the field? Come on.

Let’s say the meter reader man gets paid $30 an hour and only reads 10 meters per hour. Labor costs per meter: $3. Double that to allow for equipment, etc. Cost to Pacific Power: Six dollars per meter per month. Maximum. That makes sense, and would be fair. Instead, Pacific Power is saying, in effect, “Eat my pollution, or pay through the nose.”

In this regard, our representatives and regulators are not respecting people’s valid health concerns, and are permitting our pocketbooks to be looted if we merely wish to exercise a little prudence.

Leif Joslyn

Talent

Time for pollinator tour

It’s almost time for Bee City USA Ashland’s second annual Pollinator Garden Tour!

Sixteen gardens will be open to the public on Sunday, July 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during this self-guided tour. Hosted by Bee City USA Ashland, the tour showcases pollinator gardens created by residents of Ashland. Each garden is unique, but each illustrates bee-autifully how gardens provide beauty and solace for people while also providing forage (food) and habitat (places to live and overwinter) for honey and native bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, beetles, moths and more.

Supporting these littlest of creatures with both large and small pollinator gardens, free from synthetic herbicides, insecticides and fungicides insures our own survival. Pollinators pollinate at least one out of three bites of the food we eat each day, as well as 90 percent of the flowering plants around us.

Bring a water bottle, hat and walking shoes. Bathrooms will not be available at the gardens.

Your tour “ticket” is a color booklet with a map and pictures and descriptions of the gardens. Tickets are $10, $15 after July 13. Children 13 and under are free. Pre-register at ashland.or.us/register or call North Mountain Park Nature Center at 541-488-6606.

Kristina Lefever, chair of Bee City USA Ashland

Ashland

Good choice

I want to congratulate Mayor John Stromberg and the City Council on the recruitment process and selection of the new city administrator, Kelly Madding.

I am an advocate for gender equity in our local government and specifically asked that the recruitment process for the new city administrator include an equal number of female finalists. Gender equity was met and actually exceeded. Four of the five finalists were women.

The city now has three women in senior management positions (director of public works, director of human resources and now city administrator), three women in elected positions ( Municipal Court judge, city recorder, city councilor) and one woman appointed to the City Council. We are moving in the right direction but need more women in policy-making positions in our local government.

This fall, women have the opportunity to address the gender equity issue by running for elected office. There are four open positions on the City Council, three open positions on the Parks Commission plus the city recorder and the Municipal Court judge. There is plenty of time to file your paperwork. The deadline is Aug. 16, 2018, at 5 p.m. Run, ladies, so voters can elect you.

Regina Ayars

Ashland

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