1/23 Letters to the editor

*More information on doctors needed *Curt Lamb Park is a better choice*Curves thanks holiday donors*Volunteers make tourney a success*Other worries beyond smokers*Pollution is worse

More information

on doctors needed

As a relative newcomer to Medicare, I've been scouting around for a new physician and found a formidable obstacle: lack of relevant information to evaluate doctors.

Calls to both the State Board of Medical Examiners and the county medical society confirmed this void. What they'll tell you is where a given doctor attended medical school, did their residency, and if any ethical breaches have been reported. It so happens that Oregon does not even require continuing medical education up to now.

Let's ask the new Legislature to change that, and require the state's web site to be certain to list all continuing education courses and date taken. That would allow us at the very least to have a current update of the doctor's track record.

It is ironic that we have access to so little in making what can be a life-and-death decision that puts our well-being at risk.

--Lee Coyne

West Salem

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Curt Lamb Park

is a better choice

"Even though it's hard on the ego to admit, I'm replaceable."

When I first read these words, I found it difficult to keep my lunch down, not to mention refraining from making a public response. However, when I see a park bearing Roger Jordan's name - well, enough was enough. Using public funds to further an ego bigger than that of NFL personality Terrell Owens is pathetic. (At least Terrell has a reason to have a big ego.)

I heard after an OCCMA meeting (Oregon City/County Management Association) that Roger was the highest-paid city manager in Oregon. If this is true, isn't that enough thanks? I mean, overpaying someone to run a budget as small as Dallas' (this isn't Portland, Eugene or Salem) is ridiculous to say the least.

Here is a challenge for the city, and is what should have taken place to begin with: Let's have a poll or a vote as to what name the park should bear. That way the people who make up the community would decide, not the people who work at City Hall.

There are a lot of good, deserving folks whose name on the park would better reflect the good people of this city. Or we could name it after the creek that runs through our town.

My personal choice would be to honor the late Curt Lamb. That would be according respect and honor where it is definitely due.

--Ernie Wall


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Curves thanks

holiday donors

Each year the Monmouth-Independence Curves participates in the Community Giving Tree program sponsored by the Monmouth/Independence Senior Advisory Board. This year participating Curves members and some nonmembers filled 68 gift tags for the children in our community.

Along with other important venues such as special festivities, children's school holiday programs, and special time with friends and family, the gift of giving to others that we don't even know reflects the true spirit of Christmas.

As owner of Monmouth-Independence Curves, I feel blessed to be associated with such an incredible giving group of women. I applaud you. I also want to recognize my staff who worked very hard on this project. Thank you, Pam Owens and Kati Owens for heading the committee for this program. A big thank you to the Senior Advisory Board for including us in this program. I know that they also coordinate a variety of charitable programs so that everyone who is in need receives.

This is a big undertaking and I am grateful that we have this and other groups to help put it all together.

Here's to a happy and healthy new year.

--Victoria Lynn


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Volunteers make

tourney a success

The Dallas Invitational Wrestling Tournament was held Saturday, Jan. 12. It always is a great event and this year was no exception.

There were 378 matches and each one of them demonstrated the commitment and dedication of student athletes. Congratulations to each one of the participating wrestlers.

We are fortunate to live in a community where volunteers freely give of their time and their talents to help make an event such as this a success. It is truly a joy to see people who have been involved with wrestling over the past 50 years come together for this tournament.

Thank you to each and every one of our volunteers. It is because of you that teams from around the state enjoy coming to our tournament each year. Your support and love of wrestling is greatly appreciated. I hope to see you all again next year.

--Janet Brunner


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Other worries

beyond smokers

In regard to the letter on smoking in the Jan. 16 issue of the Itemizer-Observer:

Do you realize how much the "smokes" tax on the cigarettes pays to cover insurance for people with COPD and to avert children from smoking?

How much do people who drink alcohol and do drugs abuse children ... and the list goes on.

Cigarettes are not the only perpetrators of our "pollution." Every time you cook outdoors, start your car, and this list goes on and on.

The last time I voted, it was still a free country. If you don't like the way things are here, maybe you should try to live in Russia, Iran, Iraq or some other country.

If my history serves me right, it was Uncle Sam who helped get the smoking revolution going during World War II - sending our G.I.'s cigarettes during wartime to help calm them.

When are we going to do something about drunk drivers, beer ads on billboards and TV, and sex abusers and killers of little children? To me, these kinds of people are more of a threat to our society than smokers. Very few smokers have caused the death of whole families or busloads of human beings, nor do most of them sexually abuse. We, as a people, should be more concerned about the drug and alcohol abusers of our country.

Yes, cigarettes are a bad way to kill, but not nearly as bad as meth and alcohol. These things alter our loved ones' brains and upbringing.

It wasn't a child who started the drug or alcohol revolution.

--Mildred Mersch


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Pollution is worse

than cig smoke

In response to a letter published on Jan. 16, one has a right to be annoyed if someone blows smoke in your face. But for the rest of the points addressed, they are way off base.

We lived in the hills overlooking Dallas for 25 years, and I cannot tell you how many days we could not see Dallas because of the pollution - and there's not than many smokers in Dallas.

As for insurance, there are many things costing them more than cigarettes. Try sugar as a starter.

And for parents, few kids smoke because they can't get cigarettes. They can buy drugs in any schoolyard. They'd live longer smoking than doing drugs.

So, if you want cleaner air, try walking everywhere you go. A vehicle emits more pollution in 20 miles than a smoker does in a lifetime.

--Maxine Moen


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