4/23 Letters to the editor

*SAVE Act worthy of our support*Students make strong impression*Experience makes Felton good choice*West Salem paving requires caution*Program benefits senior center*City shouldn't cut

SAVE Act worthy

of our support

The reports from several web sites are very bad. Incredible as it may seem amidst talk of recessions, job cuts and stagnant wages, we are finding reports and signs everywhere that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is negotiating to give millions of U.S. jobs to foreign workers.

It appears that the irresponsible outlaw minority of the corporate world that insists on illegal foreign labor has a special "in" with the speaker.

As the head Democrat, she stands in stark contrast to the newly elected Democrats who have pledged to protect American workers and fight illegal immigration.

Pelosi's "back-room" deals may motivate all freshman Democrat House members and most Republican House members to vote for the enforcement-only SAVE Act (Secure America with Verification Enforcement). That bill - with 145 bipartisan signers in the House and Senate - primarily would drive millions of illegal aliens out of their jobs.

I want every American to be aware of Pelosi's callous attitude toward the 23 million less-educated, working-age Americans who do not currently have a job.

Nobody in Congress is worse than Pelosi when it comes to protecting American jobs, wages and working conditions from the downward pressures of massive immigration.

Unfortunately, Pelosi, the most radical member of Congress on the immigration issue, is using her power to try to wreak even more damage.

If you would like to save the jobs of the most vulnerable American workers, call your Congressman or Congresswoman's office to let them know you want them to vote for the SAVE Act. And call Pelosi and tell her you're in favor of the SAVE Act. Want the phone number? 202-224-3121.

Our Congress people are supposed to represent us in Congress, and they need to know what we think about the issues.

--Wayne Cooper


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Students make

strong impression

At the April 14 Dallas School Board meeting, several students from Morrison Campus Alternative School visited us.

They each read their poems entitled "If I Were in Charge of the World," which they prepared as part of Mrs. Lindsy Perry's class.

Their sensitivity, compassion and depth of knowledge of important issues was amazing. They spoke to such problems as hunger, abuse, war, sickness, death, obesity and drugs.

The work of Stephen Ballard, Michelle Hammers, Mat Trupka, Ashley Pride and Jackie Scott was applauded by everyone in the room.

Thank you for taking time to attend our meeting and sharing your talents.

--Lu Ann Meyer,

school board member


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Experience makes

Felton good choice

I have been a prosecutor in Polk County for 18 years.

It is easy to make promises, but a prosecutor must be an expert trial attorney. Stan Butterfield has only been a lawyer for four years and has never prosecuted a case.

Aaron Felton has tried the tough cases such as child abuse and violent felonies.

Aaron Felton has the experience to do the job of Polk County District Attorney.

--Mark Heslinga


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West Salem paving

requires caution

For those driving on 52nd Avenue Northwest in West Salem to Pentacle Theatre, or the houses being built behind the theater, the traffic will be worse.

The roads behind Pentacle Theatre are being paved by Polk County. These nice paved roads will continue to funnel into one lane - 52nd Avenue.

There is already increased traffic with theatergoers, contractors and additional residents.

We are unable to keep up with repairs any longer. There is a "no truck" sign being ignored, which causes further deterioration.

Please consider the following if you must use 52nd Avenue: go slowly; be courteous; do not pass as it is one lane; be patient, as there is still farm equipment being used; and no trucks.

Thank you for your consideration.

--Richard Allm

West Salem

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Program benefits

senior center

How did the city of Dallas get in this financial bind? Surely it wasn't due to the salary of one activities coordinator who brought many new programs needed in the community.

The Dallas Senior Center has increased membership and brought citizens down to activities planned by Michele Campione. Actually, the center has come alive. I feel the senior center is now recognized by the city.

Campione and her activity programs should not be eliminated.

--Candy Thommen,

senior center president


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City shouldn't cut

activities program

The city of Dallas intends to eliminate the Community Activities Program, which includes activities at the senior center, ballroom dance, Love and Logic Parenting classes and children's after-school programs.

We strongly object to the elimination of our Community Activities Program, which provides an enriching array of activities, reaching citizens from children to seniors in our community.

This program is an incentive for families to want to live in Dallas, and thereby adds dollars to the local economy and the city budget.

We are students of Total Fitness by Fay Lanning - a class that makes money for the city. Fay is an exceptional teacher with a loyal following and typically draws 30 to 40 students (at $40 each) per class session.

We have worked out with Fay for more than 21 years, giving us the benefits of cardiovascular fitness, weight management, maintaining bone density, cholesterol lowering, strength, agility, balance, flexibility and emotional well-being.

In all, we believe it is extending our life span and is more than recreational.

This class has been featured in the Itemizer-Observer and the Statesman-Journal.

Total Fitness students fought hard to continue the class when Chemeketa Community College dropped it. We believe that the city must continue this class.

Due to budgetary concerns, the city could eliminate some parts of this program that do not make money for the city and trim overhead expenses. However, it should find a way to continue the Total Fitness class.

--Larry and Nancy Lenon


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Don't eliminate

activity coordinator

I was very shocked when I was told that the city of Dallas would not be able to continue to fund the position of Michele Campione as Community Activities Coordinator.

Michele has been the life blood of our Senior Center for the last year and a half; she has started many new activities and revitalized many old ones.

Anyone that doubted the importance of this position should have been at our last month's Senior Music Jam. The room was filled to capacity with audience and performers. There were so many quality performers that we ran over time. The room rocked with fun and laughter. Michele has made this activity come alive.

I would appreciate it if the city of Dallas would reconsider the importance of this position.

--Lucille J. Mansigh


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Retiring school

counselor praised

I recently read the retirement announcement for Dallas High School guidance counselor Mark Trolan.

I wanted to write to express both my happiness for Mr. Trolan and my sadness that DHS is losing an exceptional counselor.

I had the pleasure of having Mr. Trolan as a guidance counselor during my high school years, and have had the pleasure of visiting with him over the years.

His dedication to students is unsurpassed, and I have witnessed his calm, yet very wise interactions with students firsthand.

I'm sad that he won't be at DHS when my children go through, but I wish him a big congratulations on a well-deserved retirement.

--Rachael (Davis) Lee


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Butterfield has

solid background

I worked with Stan Butterfield during his 11-year career with the bureau of prisons. As the criminal investigator at the federal correctional institution in Sheridan, I relied on Stan's knowledge of criminal law in cases involving inmate homicides, assaults, drug introductions, etc.

Stan ensured that cases generated from the prison were handled appropriately so perpetrators were punished to the fullest extent of the law.

Stan exemplifies the Bureau of Prisons motto of "firm, fair and consistent."

I know Stan to be honest, intelligent and hardworking. He will serve the citizens of Polk County well as the district attorney.

--Steven Sales


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Students should

always come first

I am very concerned that our schools allow their staff to harass, put down and mentally destroy our young people's aspirations and goals.

I have noticed this year that coaches and administrator's have allowed their own prejudices and agendas to humiliate, isolate, demean and disrespect their athletes.

This is unforgivable.

It is my belief that all young people that participate and try out for sports should be recognized regardless of race, color, religion or athletic abilities. The mere fact that they participate at all is enough to be recognized and acknowledged, especially at sports banquets.

I have lived in this area for the last 45 years and I have seen our community change for the betterment of its residents regardless of race.

I, however, have a hard time understanding that in this day and age discrimination and racism still exist, especially in our schools.

I believe it is time for change. We as citizens have every right to participate in our children's education and athletics.

We should not allow anyone in the school system to discourage our children from excelling in sports and stop them from reaching their goals regardless of race or color of skin.

Please join me in making sure that our children are treated with respect and encouraged to reach their goals and aspirations in life.

--Frances Duran


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One D.A. candidate

emerges as best

Only one candidate has what it takes to be our next District Attorney - Aaron Felton.

Only Aaron has the experience. He served four years as our deputy district attorney in Polk County. He knows the job, our community and our law enforcement officers.

Only Aaron has the energy and the focus we need to make Polk County safer. Already an expert at criminal investigation and prosecution, Aaron understands that even better than putting someone behind bars is preventing that person from committing crime in the first place.

Please join me in voting for Aaron Felton on the May ballot.

--Lisanne Pearcy


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Area food program

thankful of grant

Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program would like to take this opportunity to formally thank the Dallas Community Foundation for the generous $4,000 grant to our program.

The foundation truly deserves public recognition for its ongoing dedication in helping the needy in our community.

As a result of the partnership between the two organizations, great strides have been made in helping to alleviate hunger in our area. Our continuing task of feeding the hungry would not be possible without the help of generous organizations like the Dallas Community Foundation.

An executive director of Willamette Valley Food Assistance Program, I want to say thank you so much.

--Kathy Chiles


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Candidates won't

be biased if elected

I've had the occasion to meet two gentlemen that are running for public office.

One is Jason Brown for State House. He will invest in people so our communities can thrive and everyone benefits.

Known for his community organizing skills and land-use intelligence, he is also working on vocational training programs too numerous to mention.

Also, I met Aaron Felton, running for district attorney.

He has worked as deputy district attorney for four years and has 12 years courtroom experience investigating Polk County's most violent criminals.

I believe both candidates can operate their offices without bias. They deserve your vote.

--Morty Feder



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