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8/29 Letters To The Editor

*Hunting near town irresponsible - and hardly sporting*Scrip program huge for local schools *Fitness class relieves stress*Bridge congestion breeds road rage*Family thanks those who

Hunting near town

irresponsible -

and hardly sporting

Autumn is just around the corner, and with it comes another round of fighting with the neighbors to not endanger family, pets or livestock with their irresponsible insistence on exercising their God-given right to fire rifles on their property during the much-anticipated fall deer hunt.

If you are a hunter and have dreamed of owning your own land where you can sit on your porch and fire at any four-legged mammal within your rifle's range, please move far, far away. The Dallas "burbs" have no use for you.

We have had the misfortune of having such neighbors move into our neighborhood in West Dallas. Keep in mind that our property boundary is within 4,000 feet of the UGB, which means any rifle shot gone astray can potentially reach the nearest housing developments.

It may be legal, but it's not moral.

What possesses otherwise sane individuals to become so thoughtless and selfish as to endanger life and limb in order to exercise their "liberty" is beyond my comprehension.

The deer on this side of town are domesticated and have little fear of humans. It's as sporting to hunt them as it is to kill livestock.

Boise Cascade opens the gates to Mercer Reservoir every hunting season. To those of you who might be considering hunting on unsafe grounds close to the city limits, please accept Boise's generous invitation and keep the rest of us safe!

If you're considering moving to the country, try to follow the example of responsible hunters who came before you who wouldn't dream of hunting "their deer" in their own back yard, but go out to the public and timber lands where children, pets, people, and livestock are less likely to be just behind those leaves that you can't see through.

--Cindy Birko

Dallas

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Scrip program huge

for local schools

Last school year, through the efforts of local Safeway shoppers and the Safeway eScrip program, Dallas School District schools earned an extra $19,696 to spend on items that theat couldn't have been purchased through their regular budgets.

And the great thing is, it did not cost shoppers anything extra.

In 2005 Safeway contracted with eScrip to provide a fund raising program for schools. When Safeway shoppers register their Safeway Club Cards with eScrip, Safeway will donate a percentage (1 to 4 percent) of the shoppers' purchases to the school of choice.

Since the program began, Dallas School District has received $25,844.52. The district is currently earning approximately $1,200 per month from the program.

The district is carefully allocating the funds to meet the needs of students. They have been used primarily for textbooks. Recently, the eScrip funds have purchased a K-3 supplemental math activities program called Bridges for each of the elementary schools.

To register a Club Card, a shopper can visit the eScrip web site at www.escrip.com and follow the six steps or contact Dallas School District's eScrip coordinator, Lu Ann Meyer, at 503-623-2381. Also, forms for registering your club card can be requested from any school office in the Dallas district.

The school district thanks Safeway and our community for supporting our schools through the eScrip program.

--Lu Ann Meyer

Dallas

* * *

Fitness class

relieves stress

Dallas' Total Fitness class will begin a new session starting Sept. 5 at the Academy Building gym. The class meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. and runs for eight weeks. For the modest fee of $40 it is a great way to reduce stress and get or keep in shape.

We look forward to new friends joining our group. Some have been there for over 20 years but we always welcome new faces.

No matter your level of fitness, instructor Fay Lanning makes sure to demonstrate all levels of exercise and you are free to choose the level best for you. She also knows the safest ways of exercising to decrease the chance of injury.

Community activities director Michele Campione at 503-623-2157 can answer questions and register participants. We thank the City of Dallas for its continued support.

--Sandy Quiring

Dallas

* * *

Bridge congestion

breeds road rage

In a recent meeting of the West Salem Neighborhood Association, one of the Polk County commissioners termed the situation a "bottleneck."

He was clearly referring to the daily congestion mess along Wallace Road as rush hour drivers struggle to cross the Marion Street Bridge.

They are trapped in massive congestion.

That six-lane span built during the 1960s used to have 65,000 peak hour traffic a few decades ago. Now, it has skyrocketed to nearly 100,000 - a major chokehold.

What some city and state officials seem to overlook is that this is not merely an "inconvenience," it is a psychological depressant.

For some, that can abruptly create road rage. Injury of the innocent could result.

Two recent Portland area incidents should be cautionary tales. In addition, road rage carried home can turn into domestic violence. Frustration breeds anger.

We cannot afford to wink and look the other way.

A new span will take about a decade to see reality. In the meantime, we'd be wise to insist on traffic impact studies on bridge traffic for any new multi-unit housing in West Salem and vicinity.

We need not be further strangulated.

Let's hope for some "civic CPR" before we reach the ER!

--Barry-Lee Coyne

West Salem

* * *

Family thanks

those who helped

The family of Lucille Renninger wishes to thank those who gave their time to prepare food and provide transportation at the passing of our mom and my wife.

Heron Pointe Assisted Living employees were particularly kind and wonderful to Lucy during her stay there.

Thank you to the Independence Elks Lodge for allowing us to host the celebration of life there. Ronnie Haener donated his time, and we really appreciate it.

I am sure we are missing someone; it is not intentional.

Lucy will be dearly missed. She was a wonderful person and loving wife, and the best mom anyone could have.

For Earl Renninger and Kathy Cairo,

--Karen Johnson

Dallas

* * *

Summer reading

is a big success

This year's Summer Reading Club is winding down at the Monmouth Public Library.

Congratulations to the more than 320 kids and teens who participated. You all have done a great job reading more than 2,900 hours (and counting!).

We enjoyed crafts, performers, movies, challenges, a party and, of course, reading.

I would like to thank local and regional businesses and organizations that generously donated prizes for this year's program. Locally, Bi-Mart, Monmouth Dairy Queen, Independence Figaro's Pizza, Fox Theatre, MaPS Credit Union, Independence McDonald's and Oregon First Community Credit Union supported us.

We also thank the Monmouth Friends of the Library for their continued support of our children's programs. Because of this combined generosity we were able to give away more than 200 prizes throughout the summer.

Young readers: You have until Aug. 31 to turn in your reading logs or punch cards. And from now to Sept. 15, kids can turn in a list of 10 books they have read and receive a statewide Summer Reading Certificate.

--Krist Obrist,

Youth Services Librarian

Monmouth

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Grocery checkers

are also human

In response to "save on five, but only for two ... "

I would like to say as a former employee and avid daily shopper of one of our local markets, (the one which you are speaking about), we are only human!

And, please remember that, just like you and everybody else, we have an occasional "bad day" too.

Consumers are very quick to judge cashiers and/or management for minor mistakes made, but we're all human!

As quick as you are to point out over-rings, are you just as quick to point out under-rings?

What about the many times we've jeopardized our jobs by giving you grace on the $1, $2 or more you come up short because of your own human error in calculating the amount you have to spend on groceries?

Do you realize that we cover it out of our own pockets, even though many of us make minimum wage and have families of our own to support?

I for one, loved my job and aside from the few "bitter apples" loved serving our customers - including those I had the privilege of helping!

The local market referred to in the recent letter gave me the chance to be someone when no one else would. It is not only a part of my family forever, but also a part of the heart of this community.

--Lori Potter

Dallas

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Explaining cause

of credit crisis

Lately the media has been addressing the "liquidity crunch and credit crisis" in our economy, but many people do not really understand what is taking place and how it could affect them.

One question I know readers are asking is, "What exactly is this 'mortgage meltdown' that I'm reading about in the headlines?"

As a local mortgage professional, I can answer: A culmination of factors has led to massive tightening in credit standards among lenders. This tightening is due to an excessive number of mortgages that are delinquent and in default.

As a result of tighter credit standards and the devaluation of mortgage-backed securities, global investors are shying away from purchasing additional pools of loans. That has caused dozens of lenders to close, leaving many home buyers and homeowners unable to locate financing alternatives.

Why should a home seller be concerned about this? Because the pool of potential buyers will shrink as many find it difficult, if not impossible, to obtain mortgage financing.

Experts have speculated that the number of potential buyers will contract by about 15 to 30 percent.

Why should a home buyer be concerned about this? Because buyers need to get pre-approved before entering the market. While there are a lot of great deals out there, getting credit is becoming tougher and tougher, and in some cases it is taking longer to complete a transaction.

What you qualify for today could change tomorrow in this volatile market. This is why it is vital to seek expert assistance.

Although these may appear to be tougher times, very good financing is still available, and interest rates are still near historical lows. This could be a very good time to be looking at purchasing a home as well as investing in income-producing properties.

--Jeff Laeng

Dallas

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