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8/9 Letters to the editor

Kids Inc. program

is community asset

The annual Kids Inc. Summer Program is always one of my favorite events in Dallas. Some 53 tennis campers came out bright and early for two weeks of tennis instruction.

These kids range in age from 4 to 15 and come with skill levels from beginner to intermediate. One of the amazing parts of this program are the young volunteers who come every morning to help with the instruction.

These high school players went through the tennis camp a decade ago and are now serving the community and giving back their time. Their positive attitudes, smiling faces and love of the game of tennis make them positive role models for the young tennis campers.

Alma Reimer, Patti Youngren and Kristen Miller (Dallas girls varsity coach) came every morning and shared their expertise of the game. Thanks to all who made it a successful two weeks of learning and competing.

A special thanks goes to Dallas Select Market for donating the watermelons for the traditional watermelon feed, Washington Street Steakhouse & Pub for the balloons, and the Kids, Inc. office for registration.

I am coaching a USA team tennis program that recently took 27 tennis players to Coos Bay to compete in a USTA (United States Tennis Association) sectional competition.

Four teams competed, and one of them won the tournament, giving it a birth in the USTA State competition at Eugene.

Last year, a local team won at State, so we are hoping for another win and the opportunity to compete at the Northwest Regionals and possibly go to Arizona for the Nationals.

Wish us luck!

A special thank you goes to Eldon Rivers for donating the USTA team T-shirts.

On another note: It is very exciting to see the old courts being resurfaced. Hooray!

Mary Christensen



Rural carriers

drive recklessly

It seems the U.S. Postal Service has no control over rural carriers and the way they drive recklessly.

I have complained to many, including the Dallas postmaster. They choose to believe the carrier rather than fully investigate.

Many people are upset and my point is that a driver in a conventional vehicle driving from the opposite side has not full control.

The postmaster insists the they do, while the sheriff believes otherwise.

They choose to suspend delivery when a citizen asks the driver to slow down. It seems there is a code of silence, and no matter how wrong the driver is the story is believed.

Postal employees are not exempt from the law and posted speed limits.

Robert Smera

Falls City


Wishing the best

for Curt Lamb

When we moved to Oregon, lo those many years ago, the first thing we did was to buy the newspaper. The second thing we did was to read the column by Curt Lamb, and we have been reading it ever since.

We always enjoyed the way Curt would poke into every corner of Dallas, blowing the dust away and letting us see what was going on, whether it was road construction, a new business, new homes, the different charity events, all the sports at the schools and the ever-changing seasons.

Curt has a way of making you feel that no matter how badly your day went, tomorrow was going to be a humdinger.

Curt is as much a part of Dallas history now, as Dallas is a part of Curt.

We thank him for sharing his journey with us, and we wish him well with the rest of his journey.

Patt and Lloyd Taber



EBC youth a credit

to our community

On one of the hottest days of the year, youth and leaders from the Evangelical Bible Church invaded the LaCreole Middle School campus armed with shovels, wheelbarrows, rakes and a volunteer spirit. Under the direction of Nathan Ensz, in a manner of a few short hours they accomplished a great deal of hard work.

This much-needed beautification effort also helped prepare the way for the parking lot renovation that followed. Parents, church leaders, and community members should be proud of the efforts of these great youth. I offer my most sincere appreciation and thanks for a job well done.

Steve Spencer

LaCreole principal



Support groups

accomplish much

Joining a support group is a very powerful way to be a part of your community. It can also can be a great experience.

Some people assume that support groups are only for people with talkative personalities or those who can't cope on their own.

But that's not true. Support groups are for everyone.

Lots of people who don't have low vision have a support group, they just don't call it that. For example, the Rotary Club, Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club and small business associations are all support groups.

They are all places to share a common experience, get advice and tips, network and meet others, do some good for the community, and avoid having to reinvent the wheel on your own.

Call your local visual rehabilitation program support group for meeting information.

We who have vision problems have a support group that meets every second Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 at the Monmouth Senior Center, 180 Warren St. S., on the corner of Clay.

Please come and join us. We always have a great time. We want to hear from you. For more information, call ther senior the center at 503-838-5678.

Robert Lee Langager



Curt Lamb fan

will miss column

Just wanted you folks at the Itemizer-0bserver to know how much Curt Lamb's "Around Town" column shall be missed. What a guy!

I remember Curt and Charlotte when we first came to the area some 30 years ago. They soon opened a Bressler's Ice Cream shop next door to KFC where Tipps Copy Center is now. Our family looked forward to a weekly treat by heading into town for that ice cream. We also enjoyed visiting with Curt and his herd of sheep that he kept.

Curt is a example of what a true "Home Town Person" really is. Reading his weekly column was sort of like a grapevine into what was happening and what had happened in the community. Also, always on a positive note.

I hope that Curt will continue as a guest writer from time to time for the Itemizer-0bserver, as he surely would be a welcome read.

God bless you, Curt.

Deb Darr



It's time to act

to save planet

We all know that one way of committing suicide is to close yourself in a garage with the car running and let the exhaust fumes kill you.

It seems to me our world is a lot like that garage -- a huge enclosure, with all our cars and factories running, worldwide. Soon, the polluted air in here is going to kill us, most likely through global climate change.

This life-threatening problem is so huge, it will have to be dealt with in many ways. Here are four suggestions:

1) We can all drive a bit less.

2) The folks who make the fuels we burn must provide fuels that do not cause global warming.

3) Our elected leaders need to know that they must take action immediately to lower the amount of carbon dioxide being put into the air. We must call them, and write to them, over and over, until they do their part to deal with this threat.

4) Something must be done to clean our earth's atmosphere of excess carbon dioxide.

Friends, I'm stuck in this big garage with everybody else, and I'm not ready to ruin our planet just because we couldn't make some changes.

Let's get to work and fix this problem, before it fixes us for good.

If you haven't seen the documentary movie "An Inconvenient Truth," I urge you to see it as soon as you can.

Anyone out there interested in forming a local group to confront the problem of global climate change? Call me at 503-838-2339.

Howard Grund-Clampit



Police missionary

savors freedom

I would like to take this time in my life to extend my thanks to all those at home in Dallas for the support my wife, Kathy, and I have been given during my two years of duty in "Little America," also, better known as Liberia, Africa.

Yes, the United Nations Police Mission here has been something I will never forget. It is a war-torn country, but the support from home made it easier.

Love of Freedom brought me here. I only wish and pray that those friends I leave behind in Liberia will have the same freedom we have in America.

Now as a retiree of the Dallas Police Department and the United Nations Police Mission, I will savor every moment of life when I return to my home -- Dallas, Oregon.

Patrick Duncan

Liberia, Africa


Where is our

free America?

I love the Itemizer-Observer.

Good, bad and unkind.

Good: I think it wonderful -- the people who helped "Sabrina" and the man who needed medical help for his brain tumor.

A beautiful group of ladies at Rickreall Grange who meet on Thursdays, make quilts, lap throws, crochet and knit baby caps for hospitals. They give to Sable House, Shriner's Hospital, Doernbecher Hospital, Veteran's Home and rest homes -- helping many.

They accept donations of fabric for quilts and yarn for baby caps.

If you want something to do, you can visit and help with things to make.

I have been in "those shoes," in need.

I went out to work because we didn't have "illegals" taking the jobs.

Bad: "Free America, where?"

I think it sad for Polk County, the State of Oregon and the United States, when we have people telling others what they can and can't do with their land.

Our moeny goes to waste -- to widen streets and sidewalks, taking parking space so people can't shop.

We don't want a cellular tower so people can call home when needed or have car trouble. It blocks our view.

Children don't have enough to do. Let them learn how to clean house, cook, sew and help the needy.

When I was a child during the Depression, we didn't have money and we were happy.

I remember when children in the United States could go to some colleges free for two years. As U.S. citizens, now we educate "illegals" free, I hear.

There are people who appeal to keep people from building. We have a neighbor who doesn't want people to build, but you should see what they have done to a big piece of farmland. They made a private road and ruined a hay field at the south end of Cooper Hollow Road (turn left, up Fishback, on the right, half a block).

A free America. Ha, ha. Where?

Winnie Davies



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