LETTERS 3.17.04

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I would like to thank Walt from Walt's Print and Copy Service in Independence. Never have I been so pleased with a copy center.

With my business, I have lots of copying to do and Walt's Print and Copy Service meets all my needs.

Thanks, Walt!

Janey Jefferson



I have no idea where Ernie Wall, who wrote in about all of the extravagances built into schools, came up with colored concrete floors costing $3,000 per square foot.

I have been intimately involved in the design of new schools being constructed for the Salem-Keizer School District under the bond that was passed in 1998.

I must assume he is not talking about any of our new schools because we don't have any schools with colored concrete floors. We did decide to leave the final floor at West Salem High School as concrete, eliminating the vinyl tile that was going to be put down. This actually saved money.

On top of that, I cannot imagine any floor costing even $100 per square foot. Entire school buildings cost $200 per square foot at the absolute most. That includes ventilation systems, interiors, exteriors, etc.

I am seriously curious what Mr. Wall is talking about and where he got his information.

Vonnie B. Good



I think that I reflect the majority opinion in this state and Dallas when I say we want good schools for the children.

Every time our schools ask for more money we say, "Why?" We tighten our belts during difficult economic times.

The economic recovery George W. Bush promised has yet to reach Oregon. Many of us are living on low fixed incomes and some of us find we are living below the poverty level.

Increasing school taxes will only act to further alienate our community from our public schools.

In past years, we believed teachers were underpaid, overworked and not appreciated.

More recently, during good economic times, we gave the teachers large salary increases. Now that things are not good, perhaps the teachers should offer to give back part of that increase.

Today teaching jobs are considered among the best high-paying union jobs in the community at a time when the numbers of non-teaching union jobs continue to diminish.

Today, teachers are among the highest paid workers in our community. Their average salaries exceed the average income of most other professionals, small business owners and service sector workers.

I feel that the school's current financial plight is the result of ineffectual school board direction and policy decisions.

As a result, the schools are guilty of poor to nonexistent long-range financial planning, the endorsement of unreasonably high teacher salaries, poor equipment and supply selection and procurement procedures and a pool of middle management administrators who have no clue as to the concept of "total quality management."

Charles Blackwood



Did you know that Dallas has a place that helps freely with baby and mother's needs, that makes those who need help feel welcome and worthy, that asks you to let them know if you need future help?

It's called Baby's Closet and Mother's Closet located at the First Baptist Church, 245 S.W. Church St.

I urge all who have any baby clothes, furniture, powders, lotions, etc., to donate them to this worthy cause.

Every newborn has needs. In this economy, a little help from many can make a large difference for young, struggling people.

Please remember this cause. Thank you.

Lou Greenwade



Your recent story, "Propes mulls comeback," has caused me to do a little mulling of my own.

It has caused me to wonder if the appointment process last fall may have been manipulated to keep Mr. Propes' options open.

The only one of the three nominees who didn't want to run for the job was the one selected -- after receiving Propes' endorsement, I might add.

A bipartisan board had the chance to pick a person who would be qualified and could be trained for the long haul to do the job well.

Instead, someone was picked who would pose no threat should Propes decide, after mulling it over, that he wanted his old job back.

Maybe it's time for a change.

Wanda Silvers


Dog case

The old cliche' "sometimes bad things happen to good people" certainly rings true in the article about Jeff Williams' dog.

Jeff Williams, the good guy working for the Polk County Sheriff's Office, loses his dog when it apparently runs away from home.

Somewhere between Mr. Williams' home and Mrs. Hundtoft's home, the dog gets very dirty. She bathed it and has lost its collar with all the identification tags.

Now the good citizen, Mrs. Hundtoft, is being charged with a felony.

Let's hope Mr. Williams will be a very good guy and have the charges against a good citizen dropped, will take his good clean doggy home and the whole situation has a happy "good" ending.

Donna Faxon


(EDITOR'S NOTE: This letter was quoted in last week's story about the incident in question. Donna Faxon was mistakenly referred to as Mrs. Hundtoft's friend.)


Rick's Place was honored as Small Business of the Year on Feb. 27. at the Monmouth-Independence Community Awards Banquet.

My wife and I are proud to have received this award. It will be treasured for years to come.

Thank you to those that voted and to all who made this annual event a success.

Your hours of voluntarism reflect your unselfish desire to recognize others and to make Monmouth and Independence a more positive place in which to live and work.


Rick Gydesen



Concerning annexation of our property and Stryker Road, Independence City Manager Ellis said "we're not in the property development business," but they are in the business of facilitating development.

The city council has been discussing development and zone changes to our property since early 2003, but Ellis denies any knowledge of that. Councilor Archer stated they have no interest to negatively impact my wrecking yard business. Do you think they will allow my business in a residential zone?

City Attorney Rodeman seem's hopeful that LUBA will disallow previous testimony and written documents concerning the history of the Stryker Road annexation. Is he concerned this information will expose the true intent?

The question also came up about "improperly initiating" annexation. Rodeman addresses this by taking the words at face value. I have a high school education, no legal background and I can see the real meaning.

The city attempted to force annexation on our property claiming it was an "island" surrounded by the city. It was shown not to be, therefore the city had no authority, consequently "improperly initiated."

They then proposed to annex a portion of Stryker Road so as to "create an island property of 601 Stryker Road" This again is "improperly initiated." The city is now saying annexing Stryker Road is just a "housekeeping item."

I have documents to support these statements thereby supporting my statement that the city council and mayor are being "deceptive."

I have an opinion that should concern the residents of the East and West side of Corvallis Road south of Independence Bridge.

The city is proposing annexation of Corvallis Road and a narrow strip of land between the Willamette River and the properties on the East side of Corvallis Road. This will legally create "islands" of your properties and allow the City to forcibly annex them.

I urge you to band together and legally oppose this action by the city. The results will be more than just a tax increase.

Robert Patterson



To Betty Faul:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal and I try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can.

When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly

states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the specific laws and how to follow them.

A) When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odour for the Lord (Leviticus 1:9). The problem is my neighbours. They claim the odour is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

B) I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

C) I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness (Leviticus 15:19-24). The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking but most women take offense.

D) Leviticus 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighbouring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

E) I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

F) A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination (Leviticus 11:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?

G) Leviticus 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20 or is there some wiggle room here?

H) Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Leviticus 19:27. How should they die?

I) I know from Leviticus 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

J) My uncle has a farm. He violates Leviticus 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? (Leviticus 24:10-16)

Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Leviticus 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Adam Torgerson



I wish to thnk all of the personnel at West Valley Hospital for my excellent care. The nurses were pleasant and efficient.

The ambulance people did a great job getting me there.

I did not have to wait hours to be called in. I was given immediate attention and care.

Leo Freidt



Polk County is indeed lucky to have Brian Hewitt running for the job of commissioner.

Brian is a successful businessman and farmer, a family man who understands family values. He appreciates Polk County farmland and forests. He has a sensible approach to our highways and roads. He is a leader, not a follower, and can stand on his feet and express his well thought-out position.

Polk County needs Brian Hewitt. Brian Hewitt will be a great county commissioner.

Bill Harland


Not me

EDITOR'S NOTE: The obituary of another person named Jerry Simpson ran in last week's paper.

In reference to last week's obituaries, the report of my demise is greatly exaggerated.

Jerry Simpson

Santa Cruz, Calif.


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