Letters 1.7.04

Comments from our readers


This is in response to Danielle Boggan's letter about coach Kaiser's positive influence. What an uplifting compliment that a student would take the time to write such a wonderful comment about a teacher.

I spent 12 years in the Falls City school system. It was not only the best years of my life, due to some great teachers such as the Dunaways, it was also the foundation for the rest of my life.

The correct values that I was taught by my teachers, the rock solid basics of education that was drilled into my hard head as a child are priceless. Without the dicipline and how to work really hard for what I want, I would never have passed many lessons in life that have landed me some really fantastic jobs.

We had some great teachers in Falls City years ago and I thank God that at least that hasn't changed. Thank you, Coach Kaiser, and all of the other teachers who have taken the time to make a difference in Danielle's and many other lives as well as mine.

And I promise Danielle to come to one of your games the next time I come home.

Wendy Kochis-Flippo

Reno, Nev.


Dallas Polk County Child Protective Services of the Department of Human Services would like to recognize and give special thanks to the Dallas Les Schwab store and the people who donated to the Les Schwab Christmas Giving Barrel.

Les Schwab's toy donations made our foster child Christmas party a great success.

Thank you very much from all of us who work here in the Dallas Polk Branch.

Polk County

Child Protective Services



Sept. 11, 2001 was a reaction against the U.S. corporations.

Retaliation seldom ends. It only gets worse.

We have started a retaliation war, killing thousands of Iraqis and thousands of our own youth that we are poorly supporting.

We gave massive tax write-offs to people that don't need them. The only way to boost the economy is to get buying power to people with needs.

Reaganomics gave large corporate writeoffs, operating at 60 to 80 percent of capacity. I credit them with more sense than they show.

They took their plants to other countries and took jobs away from our people.

I refuse to take responsibility for their actions. My observations of this policy is that it is destructive to our economy. I hope I can be proven wrong.

Howard Wildfang

West Salem

(EDITOR'S NOTE: A longtime community volunteer, Howard Wildfang died Jan. 1. See story page 1A and obituary page 8A.)


We sincerely thank our parish family for their generous donations of time, food, money and gifts that helped make our annual Christmas dinner a success.

We also thank those in the community who came to help setup, serve and cleanup.

An extra special thanks to Bert's Family Restaurant, BiMart, Bollman's Funeral Home, Dallas Select, H2O, Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant, Knights of Columbus, Roth's IGA, Safeway Food & Drug, St. Anne's Altar Society and Tony's Place for their generous donations that helped make it possible to serve so many.

We thank the Itemizer-Observer and KWIP Radio Station for helping us with publicity.

We served 676 meals and gave gifts to 341 children.

This traditional community meal is a blessing to all involved as we feel the love, joy and gratitude of those who may have spent the day alone or without a meal.

Thank you and God bless you.

Father Jerry Quintel



Congratulations on a job well done by Sheriff Wolfe and the Polk County Sheriff's Office, including the volunteers, who helped search for Korina and Charlie Reynolds.

Not joining into the search until Wednesday, I found the people were organized and the plans had been well thought out to locate the missing couple.

The great results were what everyone had hoped for.

I will look forward to volunteering again, if help is ever needed.

Thanks again.

John English



We would like to thank the people who donated and supported our recent winter "Warm and Fuzzy" clothing drive.

The hats, gloves, mittens, coats and the articles were appreciated by all who received them, in our county.

Also, we would like to say a special thank you to Mr. Loren Faxon of StarLite Lanes for providing the drop site.

God bless you.

Deb Darr

Fall City


I was surprised and delighted to read your story last week on the candidacy of Stan Butterfield for Polk County Commissioner.

I have known Stan for 25 years and could not imagine a man more suited for the job.

Stan has been an adult volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America almost as long as I have known him.

The Scout Law has been one of the things Stan has taught the young men he has worked with as a Scout leader.

There are three points of the Scout law that I think are pertinent -- a Scout is trustworthy, a Scout is thrifty and a Scout is brave.

Stan not only teaches the Scout law, he lives it.

He is a man you can trust and he keeps his word.

Stan is thrifty.

As a taxpayer that is the kind of attitude I want in the people that spend my tax money.

Last of all, Stan is brave in that he has always stood up with the courage of his convictions.

If he believes something is right, he does something about it.

What a good example that is for all of us.

Terry Toedtemeier



I want to thank a dear anonymous man who frequents Dallas Select Market.

Thank you for finding my wallet in the store parking lot on Dec. 30 and taking the time to turn it in.

I appreciate your honesty, kindness and thoughtfulness more than you'll know.

Thank you also to Kathy at Dallas Select for all your efforts to make sure that the wallet was returned to me.

You are indeed a true friend.

God bless you both.

Caroline Bauch



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