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4/27 Letters To The Editor

*Local option levy will bolster schools*Help our schools, vote 'yes' on levy*Recall of Stoops worthy of support*Let's pass this levy for Dallas schools*Library decorating efforts are noticed*Plan woul

Local option levy

will bolster schools

For nearly 20 years, I was involved in Dallas schools committee and board work. Throughout this period, we did much to create a solid, stable education program for Dallas students.

Over the last five years, the state funding has wreaked havoc on our local programs, and the next few years are predicted to continue this trend.

Think about those who invested in your education and vote for enhancing the academic and athletic experiences of this generation. This is for the basics, not the extras. The amount ($1 per $1,000) is fairly minimal and the term (three years) is pretty short.

Bob Ottaway

Dallas

Help our schools,

vote 'yes' on levy

Now, more than ever before, it is time for the citizens of Dallas to support our local school district.

Drastic reductions in staff, salaries and school days have already occurred over the last several years. The bleeding has to stop.

Public education is the cornerstone of our democratic society and we must support it. We can all afford giving up just one dinner out per month to help our kids.

Please vote "yes" on the proposed local option levy.

David Voves

Dallas

Recall of Stoops

worthy of support

I support a "yes" vote to recall Susan Stoops, chairwoman of the Central School District Board.

Under her leadership, there is a breakdown of relationships on the board, with teachers and with the public. Her leadership has failed in spite of attempts to resolve issues.

She claims that under her leadership the achievement gap was closed. This was done prior to being elected and not because of her as implied.

We cannot afford another two years like this. The district is in crisis and our children's education is at stake. Vote "yes" to recall Susan Stoops.

Pat Ohlsen

Monmouth

Let's pass this levy

for Dallas schools

There will be small-town school districts throughout Oregon asking communities members to shore up their schools during these tough times.

Some small towns will, some won't.

Those who do will have music, FFA, athletic programs, drama, art, and class sizes lower than 30. In other words, a townwide commitment to their youth.

Towns who don't, won't.

Now, imagine a young, vibrant couple looking for a place to lay roots, start a family, and enrich their community. Which town will that couple select?

We get to choose what type of community we live in.

Tony Olliff

Dallas

Library decorating

efforts are noticed

I would like to pass along kudos to the person or people who decorate the preschool area of the Dallas Public Library.

I enjoy the detail and my soon-to-be 4-year-old always notices the changes.

Thanks for your creativity and please know it is appreciated.

Jessica Rodriguez

Dallas

Plan would save

lives and jobs

The Japanese are suffering the devastating effects of the recent earthquakes.

Our federal government normally sends money to aid governments like Japan, to assist people in their rebuilding effort after disasters.

Lane County Commissioner Faye Stewart is trying to move an idea forward to help both the people of Japan as well as the people here in the United States. His idea: instead of giving money, why doesn't our government purchase goods here in the United States, then send those goods to aid Japan.

We in the Northwest have a tremendous amount of wood fiber (timber) locked up via lawsuits on BLM and U.S. Forest Service land. Our folks in Washington, D.C. have the power to allow forest management on federal land.

By allowing timber harvest on federal land, this could create 30,000 jobs here in the Northwest and provide a humanitarian effort to rebuild Japan.

In order to make this work: it would need to be a five-year effort so mills could afford to tool up; harvest timber from our federal forests at a level indicated in the Clinton Forest Plan; and evaluate the consequence of forest management after five years.

The results would be a healthy forest, economy and a rebuild of Japan.

Charles J. Hurliman

Tillamook County Commissioner

Tillamook

PCHS appreciative

of recent donation

We are so pleased to have Upsilon Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi of Monmouth, Independence and Dallas choose us, Polk County Historical Society, for their money making project celebrating Founder's Day.

A beautiful tea was prepared April 9 in the Stafrin Room at the museum.

Donations of $10 or more were solicited from the rest of the chapters. Loads of cupcakes, cookies, coffee, tea and punch were prepared, along with tours of the museum available. Antiques from the membership were placed on the tables.

Liz Halligan entered with appropriate songs and they were enjoyed by everyone.

As the tea came to a close, Wanda Kenyon presented Steve Stevens, president of PCHS, with checks and cash in the amount of $1,000.

On behalf of the volunteers of the museum, I would like to say a great big grateful thank you. We depend on donations, memberships, admissions and grants to keep the doors open. This is, indeed, a very big help.

Rita Montgomery

PCHS board member

Monmouth

Councilor's idea

was worthwhile

Bravo to Councilor Mark McDonald and thank you for standing up in support of a minority group of Dallas citizens: smokers. Your opposition to the proposed ordinance banning all smoking in Dallas public parks is commendable.

I gave up smoking more than 46 years ago and, along with other non-smokers, would greatly enjoy smoke-free public parks.

However, I believe Dallas citizens who smoke and pay taxes should also be allowed to enjoy the public parks they helped to pay for, not just use them. They would like to be free to enjoy smoking while in the park.

Your proposal to set aside an area of the park for smokers to use is a reasonable and just compromise solution.

Ron Finster

Independence

There's still time

to support recall

The grass-roots effort to recall Susan Stoops as Central School Board chairwoman has been impressive.

People have formed a committee (Citizensfor13JExcellence.blogspot.com), collected signatures and placed signs in yards.

We certainly have not seen this effort to keep Susan Stoops in her position.

There is still time to turn in your ballot with a "yes" vote. They need to be in by 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 28. They can be dropped off at the Independence and Monmouth public libraries, at the information desk at Western Oregon University and in the 24-hour drop box at the Polk County Courthouse in Dallas.

Julie Glogau

Monmouth

Refund machines

are a pain to use

I would like to comment about the refund bottle machines at some of our local grocery stores.

I can remember when some of the stores were on a friendlier basis when it came to returning your refund bottles. Since the installation of bottle refund machines, I don't think some of the stores realize what a pain this process has become.

Every time we use -- I should say "try" to use -- their machines the machines are always shut down with a message on the screen that states machine is not working properly and to seek a store employee for assistance. I normally flag down a cart person and ask them to please get someone out to help with the machines. The cart person assures me that they will relay the message.

Then I see that same cart person pushing someone's groceries out to a car. When I flag them down again the cart person either avoids me like the plague or they tell me that they passed on my message.

I then seek help from the customer service desk and report the problem. However, the person customer service sends out most always doesn't have the key to open the machine and has to go back into the store to get a proper key.

Most customers that I have spoken to about these new bottle refund machines tell me that attempting to use these machines ends up as a true source of frustration.

Could there be a chance that we could actually step back to the past way of refunding customers' cans and bottles and restore the friendly attitude in shopping at the grocery stores?

Deb Darr

Falls City

Sacrifices already

made by schools

As retired school people, we are on a fixed income. Any new taxes will mean that we will have to make some sacrifices.

Our schools and children have already had to cut programs and school days. They've done their part.

Please think of what you can afford to give up. It won't have to be much: an extra latte a week, some bottles of wine or packages of cigarettes, a trip to the coast, or dinner at a restaurant.

Please vote "yes" on Measure 27-103 for the Dallas School District. Support our schools -- our children are worth it.

Paul and Carol Mannen

Dallas

Recall would serve

school district well

Last week the Central School Board and Superintendent Joseph Hunter agreed that the superintendent's "resignation at this time would serve the best interest of the school district."

This action was the result of the failed leadership of Chairwoman Susan Stoops.

Nine months ago, despite a no-confidence vote by district staff and many other issues, she recommended a contract that now requires the district to pay Hunter $225,000 to leave.

This is more evidence that the recall of Susan Stoops "would serve the best interest of the school district." Please join me in voting "yes" to recall Susan Stoops.

Larry Layton

Monmouth

Kudos fpr working

on Easter Sunday

A sincere thank you to the Pacific Power crew and their families who sacrificed their Easter Sunday to restore power to Bridlewood.

We appreciate your effort and hard work required to keep the lights on.

Burt Graber

Dallas

'Mom's 4 Reading'

work appreciated

Independence Elementary School staff wishes to thank our dedicated Mom's 4 Reading team.

For more than 22 years, Liane Moser, Joy Hoffman, Marilyn Morton and Kristy Vandercreek have scripted yearly read-a-thons filled with mystery, discovery and fantasy, all because they understand the advantages of being an avid reader. These wonderful ladies, along with family and community members, were at IES weekly to reward students for time spent reading outside the school day and to share their love of reading.

On behalf of the staff at Independence Elementary School, thank you again for all you have done for the students and staff at IES. Your creative energy will be missed.

Katie Riordan

Independence

Seniors fundraiser

was a big success

The Dallas Area Seniors would like to thank the community for their support, in donations, attending and buying the variety of treasures, at our recent sale. It was a great success.

The money will be put into the building or operating fund for our new center.

We are hoping the city will be successful in applying for and getting the Community Block Development Grant.

Thanks to the city for the use of the Dallas Civic Center. Special thanks to "Fosters" and "Stuff" for their donations. Without the use of storage units at the Dallas Secure Storage we could not have had such a large sale.

Big thanks to the three musketeers -- Russ Thommen, Walt Hildebrand and Mary Lou Koeing -- for their dedication in picking up things all year long.

Last, but not least, thanks to the army of volunteers who worked hard and made it happen. We appreciate you.

June Krause

President, DAS

Dallas

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