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LETTERS: October 15th Issue

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Re.: Don’t Shoot the Messenger: Sailing Through Transition

Though we certainly appreciate your attention to and coverage of Southern Oregon University and the SOU Board of Trustees, your piece contains a factual error that I feel merits correction. The SOU Board has not extended President Saigo’s contract. Rather, the Board voted unanimously to give Board Chair Bill Thorndike authority to move forward with consultation of faculty, staff, students, and the Governor’s Office regarding the possibility of a contract extension for President Saigo. No vote on whether or not to actually extend his contract has taken place. I would appreciate correction and/or clarification of this matter. Additionally, I encourage you to reach out to me any time you have questions or need information regarding SOU in the future. My contact information is contained in my email signature below.

– Ryan Brown, head of community and media relations


Re.: Lawn Watering

In response to the response, to my letter about lawn watering, I love “this beautiful place” and will do what I can to preserve, conserve and protect it in order to help keep it “this beautiful place.” I was quite simply pointing out how much we need to pay attention to drought conditions in hot, smoky summers or anytime, really. We all live here and quite honestly we baby boomers are the original ones who began pointing out the need to care for Mother Earth and there are a lot of boomers who live here in Ashland and have lived here all their lives who have the same ideas. I may be a newcomer, but I am here because I found a place and people I connected with about the environment and


As to being anal and oppressive, I’m not even going to comment on the syntax of the words, but suffice it to say, we’re just trying to again, preserve the beauty and wonder of this town, as well as the forests, rivers and land around it. We are not here to just do recreational things—there are retirees/boomers who do lots of volunteer work, because they feel a connection and appreciate “this beautiful place.” We all belong to this earth and the parcels of her that we purchase, but if my neighbor is running water unnecessarily and wasting it or doing anything to harm or neglect, either directly or indirectly, my property or any property around me, I will protest, because it is my business! This whole attitude of minding our own business and not caring about our neighbors or the land around us is what got us into this mess, i.e., climate change, etc., in the first place! What you do to others you do to yourself!

I was not rude, according to your perspective, I was just trying to make a point. I do not want to witness the demise of this town or her people and the whole culture, if I let others who might try to come in and over-develop or otherwise hurt the land, etc., because it’s none of my business. This is why we have a city council for important things about this town. Try to imagine no one going to these meetings, because it’s none of my business?

I just love this place, it’s so beautiful and full of culture with Shakespeare theatre, and wonderful, friendly people, beautiful land and mountains, not to mention the fascinating geology! And I have great respect for the ranchers, farmers and vintners and all the old-timers who built this place and gave it its history.

And by the way, you won’t see me taking down addresses/names—my drone is very quiet and small. You’ll just think it’s a bird…

– Cynthia Rucyst


Re.: Public Art (Editor’s Note: I hope we placed this letter in the right spot!)

Any metallic art at the eastern gateway into historic Shakespeare Town not only insults the Historic Commission’s input it is bad Feng shui. “Gather” in metallic modern art it breaks design rules to place metallic art on the eastern compass side of Ashland, which is the wood element.

Metal cuts down the eastern wood element and any metallic art should be located on the western side of town where metal is regenerative to the earth. The bronze totem pole is already appropriately located on the western side of town and is both historically appropriate and in keeping with Feng shui art principles.

Art placed in the eastern end of town should feature tall rectangular wooden elements such as trees and possibly a water fountain surrounded by roses or other beautiful flora, or water jet sprays that the children of pedestrians could enjoy. It should be a lovely garden setting with colored lights on the fountain and flowers, to welcome those who enter.

The ceramic element of the art tiles by library are fitting. Placement of artful non-metallic carving of forest wildlife such as bear, cougar, deer, birds, butterflies, or honeybees would bring auspicious prosperity to the eastern doorway to historic downtown. Shakespeare Town has a lot of Asian tourists and to dishonor Feng shei principles of design placement is rude of the Art Commission. Our Mayor for Peace should want Ashland to have Feng shei prosperity with Japan and our Asian neighbors directly across the ocean.

– Nancy Nelson


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