11/21 Letters to the editor

*Let others know of vision problem*Caring people enrich our lives *Arboretum, park are neighbors*Post office sets special day, hours*Appreciates vision of M49 backers*Taken to task o

Let others know

of vision problem

If you have Macular Degeneration, no one else can tell. People will assume you can see them when you may pass them on the street. Tell everyone that you know that you have low vision and you may not always recognize them - that they need to say hello directly and introduce themselves.

After a while your friends and acquaintances will adjust, even though newcomers won't know, of course.

Anyone who gets upset because you didn't say hello or respond when they waved should adjust their values. Besides, they'll feel foolish if they get macular degeneration themselves and need your advice.

You may think I am kidding, but I'm not.

Whatever you do, though, don't squash your own personality with worry. Do everything you can for yourself and don't hesitate to ask for assistance.

That sounds like contradictory advice, but it's really not. Sometimes you need a bit of assistance to do something for yourself.

I am sorry to say that the local macular degeneration support group will not meet any more this year. We will resume the meetings as of the second Thursday in April 2008 at the Monmouth Senior Center, 180 Warren St. S. (503-838-5678).

For more information, call me at 503-838-3869 and please leave a message if I am not in. Thank you.

--Bob Langager


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Caring people

enrich our lives

I would like to say thank you to Terri and Randy Pope and Vickie Keller. They are wonderful and caring people.

Being a parent is hard enough, but add being single and having to work full time to support your kids, and it makes parenting even more of a challenge.

Working for Terri and Randy and being able to pick my kids up from school and have them at work with me, makes life much easier and adds lots of happiness to my life.

I love my job and my friends. They have been there to give me advice and make me laugh when I really need it.

I just want them to know how much I appreciate them and love them. There is no way that I could ever begin to repay them for what they have done for my boys and me.

I would also like to thank my mom and step dad, Carla and Guy Schultz, for helping me out with picking kids up and being there for me,

I am blessed to have such wonderful friends and family.

Last but not least, I want to thank the persons who are building the houses over by Gala Park. My wallet was stolen out of my car on Halloween and the contents scattered around the construction site.

The workers picked up all the contents and returned them to me. Miraculously, everything was returned!

Dallas is a wonderful place to live.

--Candy Dieter


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Arboretum, park

are neighbors

"Pitching In" in the Nov. 7 issue of the Itemizer-Observer showed a photograph of volunteers from the Faith Evangelical Church clearing brush in an area "south of the Delbert Hunter Arboretum in Dallas City Park ... "

I would like to correct the caption. These much appreciated volunteers were giving of their time and muscle to The Delbert Hunter Arboretum area adjacent to the City Park, the grounds of which are maintained and funded entirely by volunteers.

Individuals are always welcome to join a group that meets Tuesday mornings from 9:00 to 12:00 (including a social coffee break at 10:30). No special gardening skills are required; just meet us at the entrance gate and Arboretum Center building at the west boundary of the City Park.

The Arboretum has benefited from such other groups as Boy Scouts, Morrison School Students, Lyle School Students, HALO, Master Gardeners, Rotary, and local businesses.

--Nancy Lenon


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Post office sets

special day, hours

Dallas Postal Employees cordially invite the public to our third annual Customer Appreciation Day on Wednesday, Nov. 28, to begin this Holiday Season at the Dallas Post Office.

Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. we will have cookies, punch and coffee for all our honored guests, a children's coloring contest and door prizes.

This year, our holiday hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, starting Dec. 3.

We will also be open the first three Saturdays in December, Dec. 1, 8 and 15, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Dec. 22 from 9 to 11 a.m.

This is our way of saying "thank you" to all our customers and the City of Dallas.

Come in and see your favorite clerks in their top hats and tuxedos and enjoy the start of the Holiday Season.

--Tina M Smith, postmaster


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Appreciates vision

of M49 backers

I want to thank those people in the cities and towns, whose property wouldn't have been effected by Measure 37, for voting for Measure 49.

Those of us who live in the rural areas of Oregon, especially in the areas where water is limited, can now breathe a little easier knowing our neighbors can't build large subdivisions next to us.

And likewise, farmers can breathe a little easier knowing that hundreds of new homes won't be going in next to their orchards and vineyards.

President Ronald Reagan once said that one function of government is to protect its citizens from one another. That's what land use planning does, and that's what Measure 49 restored.

--Ted Gaty

West Salem

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Taken to task

over decimal point

I was hoping that someone other than me would have already written to you about what I can't help but think is an error in the article, "Glacier expert: The big melt is on" by Craig Coleman on page 5A of the Nov. 7 issue of the Itemizer-Observer.

That's because I sincerely hope that I'm not the only one who would question a figure in that article; then again perhaps someone did write and their letter just didn't make it into the next issue.

Regardless. Coleman reports in the last paragraph of column two, that the subject of the article, Hester Jiskoot, noted that "...the average temperature of the planet has risen by 77 degrees Celsius during the last century."

For real? That works out to be 171 degrees Fahrenheit! I'm thinking that either we are talking about some planet other than the earth, or somebody got it wrong.

If it's the latter, (and going by past experience), I'd hazard a guess that it was the Itemizer-Observer. Care to own up and give us the correct figure?

Incidentally. I can't make it work with degrees Celsius at all, since moving the decimal point to make it 7.7 or .77 degrees Celsius yields 45.86 and 33.26 degrees Fahrenheit respectively. Maybe it's 7.7 degrees Fahrenheit, which still strikes me as a huge number.

No wonder Al Gore et al won the Nobel Peace Prize!

--Thomas P. Augustyn


Editor's note: It was a typographical error in which the decimal point was omitted. The correct figure is a rise of .77 degree Celsius - which is 1.39 degrees Fahrenheit.


Thanks for support

of grange dinner

Many thanks to all who attended the Oct. 28 Rickreall Grange Turkey Dinner fund raiser to benefit the three Polk County granges. It was a sellout, and we really appreciate the community participation.

We do want to apologize for turning away several individuals due to running out of food. We didn't anticipate the number of people that showed up, but we will next year.

--Marianne Moore


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Soccer kids happy

to have support

The Dallas U-14 Wildcats No. 2 Soccer Team would like to thank Louie Kazemier and Rickreall Dairy for supporting our club.

Thank you also for helping coach, giving us sweatshirts and sponsoring our soccer team. We really appreciate you a lot.

On behalf of the Wildcats,

--Kang-Ho Brooks


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Food bank asks,

good folks deliver

A big thank you is being sent to all our wonderful and generous people in the Dallas area.

It has been a very busy time at the Dallas Food Bank. Many hungry people reside in this area. In the month of August, we fed 900 people and just a few less the following two months. We asked, and we received. We are so blessed. So again, thank you, thank you, thank you to all the businesses, churches, groups and individuals who have a heart for the hungry.

Also a special lady who every month thinks about the dogs and cats that are hungry, too, and brings them food.

Not only did we receive many pounds of food, but also people opened their checkbooks. Memorials were given for loved ones here in Dallas, and that was very much appreciated, too.

The terrific people of the community are too many to list, but remember, we thank all of you. Our hearts are overwhelmed with love and appreciation.

--Betty Krebs-Brennan

Dallas Food Bank

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Worry about drivers,

not immigrants

It seems to me that endless war and fear has affected our ability to concentrate. An example is the flap we are now having over drivers licenses.

A driver's license is a certificate stating that you have been tested on the rules of the road and can drive your car within these rules. Period. It is not a universal identification card.

In the early 1940s the government needed my service to protect our country from the evil Nazis and Japanese, which had taken away their own people's civil liberties by making them produce ID cards on demand.

If our government feels that is necessary, put it to the people for a vote. Why have we ceased to be "the land of the free and the home of the brave?"

Leave driver's licenses alone and available to all who have to drive. Given the sorry state of public transportation, that's almost everyone.

Let's make sure those on the road know the rules and are competent to drive. I am a lot more worried about un-

qualified drivers in powerful hunks of iron than I am of Osama.

--David Scott



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