7/29 Letters to the Editor

*Duck race planners thank participants*Ferry shouldn't be singled out*Seniors must step forward for center*Thief spoils evening of swimming fun

Duck race planners

thank participants

I would like to express a very large "thank you" to the people and businesses of Dallas for their support of our first Dallas Lions Club Rubber Duck Race July 23 during Summerfest.

I would especially like to thank all of those who jumped in the creek to help remove obstacles and keep the ducks floating down to the finish line.

Thanks to all of you, the sponsors, the newspaper, those who bought the chances, and those who helped with the race in any way, because without it, it would not have been possible.

I would also like to apologize to all of you who showed up before the race wanting to buy chances on the ducks. We had stopped sales the day before so that we could sort out the ducks that had been sold from those that hadn't. It was no small job to sort out approximately 500 ducks, not in order, out of the 1,000 we had numbered.

If we had known that all of you were going to show up, we could have figured out a way to have some at the start and finish line. Next year, we will have them available until shortly before the race.

Although we fell short of our goal of raising $1,000, we should have raised enough after our expenses to provide about half that amount for our first scholarship to be awarded next spring.

We are already making plans for next year's race. This first race was a learning experience and we are already making a list of ways to make it bigger and better next year.

Again, as president of Dallas Lions Club, thanks to all of you for your support and participation.

John Hamstreet

Grand Ronde

Ferry shouldn't

be singled out

Somehow, the Itemizer-Observer's July 22 editorial, "Ferry stimulus aid may not be worth it," about the Buena Vista ferry struck me wrong.

I'm not sure why, because I don't "have a horse in this race" having never used the ferry. I think that perhaps the ferry is an underdog, as silly as that might sound. I just don't appreciate seeing it bullied by being singled out by you as an example of wasteful government spending.

If you're such libertarians, how about giving us figures on the profitability of the various police and fire departments, post offices, libraries and outlying roads in Polk County?

Also, as a self-appointed watchdog for wasteful government spending, perhaps you'll do an article on the Dallas Aquatic Center's (choke, choke) profitability. Or, would that be "goring your ox?" I'd like to know if it's really "running in the red" as badly as I hear it is. Perhaps you've already done such an article and I missed it.

Finally, if you want to expose a really big profitability gap, give us figures on what the war in Iraq is costing us per year.

Thomas Augustyn


EDITOR'S NOTE: The I-O has published several stories regarding the Dallas Aquatic Center and its struggles to become profitable.

Seniors must step

forward for center

What does the word "senior" mean to you? Webster's dictionary says "of higher rank or longer service; one who is older."

Why do many Dallas seniors deny they are seniors? You are just fooling yourselves.

When in high school, one can't wait to be a "senior." In college, being a "senior" means graduating and starting a paying career. After working 20 to 40 years, you start thinking about retirement. Medicare kicks in.

When paying at restaurants, the clerk asks "like a senior discount?" What do you say when you won't admit to being a senior? Bet I know.

For more than three years, the city of Dallas promised a new senior center, a building the community would be proud of. The most visible of that promise is the cleared area on Levens Street where the building may be built.

The members of the Dallas Senior Center are now campaigning for more members and a lot more community involvement. Without you joining, and your financial help, a new center will never be a reality.

Candy Thommen, president

Dallas Area Senior Center

Thief spoils evening

of swimming fun

I am amazed at how low some people will go to acquire things.

My nephew went swimming at the Dallas Aquatic Center the evening of July 22. While there, he had his Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) stolen. This young man worked very hard for his money to purchase this electronic device and to say that he is upset by having it stolen is an understatement.

If you are the one who took it I want you to know that the music on it is Christian, the pictures on it are more valuable than the toy itself, and the value of the toy is nothing compared to knowing that this young man worked hard to purchase it on his own.

Parents, if you notice your child playing with something you did not purchase for him or her, please ask where they got it. This item can be turned in to the Dallas Aquatic Center with no questions asked.

Trina Rose


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