1/30 Letters to the editor

*Economic stimulus plan doesn't add up*Dental team really steps up for us*Personal attack sad and regrettable*Ethanol editorials raise valid points*Local care center deserves praise*Mo

Economic stimulus

plan doesn't add up

Big news just came across the airwaves that the economy is saved and a recession is avoided - as if we weren't already in the throes of a recession. The plan is that all of us who receive paychecks are going to get a whopping $300 from our Federal Government! More, if you have children.

How to invest such a windfall no doubt will be large upon the minds of the multitudes. Personally, I'm thinking real estate. Perhaps I could use this as a down payment on a nice little investment property. Or buy a new car, maybe a boat or some new expensive toy.

Of course I'm being sarcastic. My point being, what is their point? Three hundred-dollars is nothing. It may buy a quick trip to Wal-Mart, but what about next month? And the next? And the next?

How do you bolster a consumer-based economy that is supported primarily by a middle class when you have broken the back of the middle class? This didn't just start last year. This started during the Reagan Administration with its laughable "trickle-down" economics; the theory being that if the rich had more, they would create jobs, thereby stimulating the economy. They certainly did that - they created thousands of jobs in India, China, Vietnam and other offshore points, paying workers pennies a day to sell $150 shoes. Well, shipping is expensive you know.

It doesn't take a genius to figure out this is one of the stupidest plans concocted by this administration. Thanks Nancy (Pelosi) for going along with it. What's in it for you?

It's time to ponder the distribution of my wealth. Will it be cheap shirts and dog food at Wal-Mart? Or will I try to put a dent in my $400-plus electrical bill this month?

--Cindy Birko


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Dental team really

steps up for us

I would like to give a special thanks to those dentists and organizations who have contributed toward financing the free dental vans that are periodically offered to students and adults in our community.

These vans offer dental care to those individuals who do not have dental insurance.

It is due to the generosity of Dr. Tom Davis, Dr. Weston Morrill, Dr. Stephen Yenne, Dr. Jay Scofield, Dr. Ross Kaplan and Dr. Les Wheeler that we have been able to provide five dental vans this year.

In addition to the contributions from these dentists, our local Service Integration Team of representatives from our schools and county agencies has contributed enough funds for an additional three vans.

Once again, our local community has stepped up to help those who are in need.

--Mary Casalegno


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Personal attack

sad and regrettable

A successful leader requires a thick skin. Some people will disagree with or dislike you. Roger Jordan knows that, and it helped him be successful in Dallas for 25 years.

Like all other employees, people in public service look forward to the joy of retirement. Then, despite having ticked some people off and made some mistakes, almost everyone sends you off with tributes and accolades. Normally even your worst detractors try to say something nice, or say nothing, smugly thinking that like a bad smell, soon you'll be gone.

In the weeks since Roger announced retirement, he has received numerous compliments and praise. This community support and recognition goes a long way toward making hard work, sacrifice, and long nights seem worthwhile. You hope you made a difference. Retirement is a drastic transition, and memories are important in adjusting.

Unfortunately, one negative comment has the effect of undoing hundreds of positive comments. It hurts and is remembered more. Last week's letter in the Itemizer-Observer was just that. The writer may have intended to express disagreement about the council's naming of the park (which was done without Roger's involvement or knowledge), but he ended up attacking Roger personally. The letter contained misinformation and used "facts" that are incorrect. The damage is done. Roger and his family suffered public criticism despite the fact that now he isn't paid to take that abuse.

The personal attack was sad and regrettable. The writer should have heeded the wise counsel of good mentors: "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." Let's wish Roger and his family the best in retirement. He needs to know that the majority of the community appreciates his efforts over the past 25 years. Dallas is a great community. Roger provided leadership to help sustain that.

--Lynn Hurt


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Ethanol editorials

raise valid points

It is so refreshing to read your editorial and the Christian Science Monitor column which shed some light on the downside of the ethanol craze.

You would think that the increase in food prices alone would have caused the legislators to think twice about contributing to the problem, but I suppose the "feel good" mentality outweighed scientific truths regarding the inefficiently and wastes associated with ethanol production.

It is too bad that there was no discussion of the subsidies that accompany the growing of corn and the ethanol production facilities. That may well explain the motivation of the lawmakers who are swayed by the various lobby groups that are the beneficiaries of said subsidies. In that regard, keep an eye out for legislation that will provide subsidies for wind machines, wave machines and other inefficient and costly devices.

Perhaps the lawmakers will nullify HB 2210 when their vehicles start running badly or leak fuel because of the ethanol.

--Paul Tanksley


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Local care center

deserves praise

I hear people make statements about not wanting their parents to go to a care center. Well, I would like to put aside the negative and focus on the positive.

I have only praise for the one that took care of my parents when I couldn't be with them. Our mother passed away Jan. 14 at Jefferson Manor as my sister and myself stayed in her room for two days to be with her as she passed. We saw and heard how much care and respect was given to her.

The staff took excellent care of her, with many tears shed by all. She responded to them when she could. They were so good to my sister and myself, checking on our needs and giving us support and hugs.

We will miss our parents very much, but they are in our hearts always. We are so thankful for the loving care and respect they received. I hope to still visit the new friends I made and the lovely residents they serve.

On behalf of our family, a heartfelt thank you to a great group of people.

--Carol Chaney


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Mountaineers are

enjoyment for fan

I want to tell the Falls City Mountaineers boys basketball team how very proud I am of them. They show very good sportsmanship.

Most of the seniors on the team have been playing together for 12 years, and have been on school teams together since the sixth grade. I have watched them play as my grandson, Gary Lambert, is a member of the team. On Jan. 22, they made one of my biggest dreams come true - they beat Perrydale, a very big rival. I have also watched Perrydale. They also show good sportsmanship.

Guys, I want to tell you the season is not over yet, but it's getting close. I'm going to miss the teamwork displayed by all of you next year. You have sure provided me an enjoyable ride.

--Sue Eaton


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Price of progress

isn't worth it

In regard to the mayor's notes in the recent insert in our Monmouth utility bills saying, "The bottom line is simply this: Walgreens is moving forward with a store ...."

Thanks for the continued arrogant attitude by the city and its so-called representatives. It sounds like Monmouth is not only open for business, but also ready to give us the business as well.

It feels like citizen concerns are addressed only when they are real loud and aggressive, and then because it's required to go through the motions.

So, we will have more places for pizza, coffee, fast food and drugs, mostly from the comfort of a line of idling automobiles. Breathe deep while you still can. Why go to Lancaster Drive to get stuck in traffic when we can have it right here. Ah, progress.

As Edward Abbey said, "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell."

Goodbye, houses and trees; hello Walgreens.

--Dan Wenger-Stuckey


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Gallery thanks

event supporters

On behalf of the PEARL Gallery Volunteer Staff, we want to thank the loyal supporters of our First Friday events over the past two and a half years.

Due to the increasing demands of our time and resources running the event center, we have decided to suspend First Fridays and focus on musical events throughout the year. Please watch for publicity of upcoming events.

Again, thank you to all of you who have attended our First Fridays and to the Itemizer-Observer for your support. We hope to continue the mission of the PEARL in bringing the arts into rural communities.

--Penny Cox


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Area food drive

a major success

Thank you to all community members and Western Oregon University students who donated their time and food to help out with the "War on Poverty" food drive on Jan. 21.

Through the generosity of the Monmouth-Independence community, we raised more than 900 pounds of food for the Ella Curran Food Bank. Good job.

--Tammy McCammon


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Kings Valley event

fun for community

Thank you to everyone who made our Kings Valley Community Center garage, bake and used book sale such a success on Saturday.

It was so much fun, we will be opening the doors again from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Kings Valley Community Center (23803 Kings Valley Highway), corner of Maxfield Creek Road and Highway 223.

Thank you to all of the newspapers and businesses that helped publicize our event, to our musicians "Rusty Strings," and to all the neighbors and friends who donated items and the delicious baked goods.

--Carol Shifley

Kings Valley


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