9/26 Letters to the Editor

*Park improvement a community effort *Wheeler knows Polk County best*School supply drive a success*Central Lions Club Cruise-In a big success*Wal-Mart clerk was honest, kind*Alternative to Obama not

Park improvement

a community effort

Over the past year, a group of us have fundraised to earn money for improving Pioneer Park, cleaning up the park and adding playground equipment. More than 60 people converged on the park recently to volunteer their labor and love to transform this park.

Pioneer Park had the nickname "the park with nothing," now it has playground equipment for everybody to enjoy.

This could not have been completed without the tremendous support of local businesses, city government and most importantly local citizens. There are many to thank.

First, I would like to thank Independence Elks Lodge No. 1950, Valley Concrete and Gravel, Robert Lloyd sheet metal and the Taylor Family for their donations.

Huge thanks goes out to the LDS Church for seeing the value of our project and sending more than 30 people to the park on Sept. 15 to complete various tasks and move a mountain of bark dust.

Central High School's Ms. Paul and her very hardworking students were invaluable in planting all the rhododendrons that Tony Heide donated. Thank you.

I would also like to thank the many individuals, whom over the last three months have given up their evenings and weekends to improve Pioneer Park. The neighborhood and neighbors surrounding the park have grown through this process as well. We are a strong neighborhood, full of genuine, heartfelt friendships.

I also need to thank Ken and all the people at Independence Public Works. Finally, I want to thank Shawn Irvine, economic development director for the city of Independence. He worked so hard to complete this project, from fundraising to operating the post hole auger.

Remember this is our park, we built it, now please come and enjoy it.

Dawn Roden


Wheeler knows

Polk County best

As a former Polk County Commissioner's spouse, we need someone who is committed to being fiscally responsible. That commitment describes Jennifer Wheeler.

I voted as a PCP to appoint Jennifer Wheeler as our commissioner. She was and is the only one qualified to be appointed to Mike Propes' position, as well as, to be elected.

Jennifer knows what is best, because she knows Polk County. As an educator and informed voter, there isn't anyone with more knowledge, integrity, ethics and honesty on her voter's pamphlet statement, and experience to keep Polk County on solid ground for many years to come.

Beth Ritchey


School supply

drive a success

With the community's generous support this year, September 2012's Apple Tree School Supply Giveaway was the most successful year we have ever had!

The Polk County Resource Center would like to thank our wonderful volunteers who donated their time and efforts, as well as the following outstanding sponsors! Thank you Salvation Army, Performance Health Technology, Dallas Knights of Columbus, Independence Life Center Foursquare Church, Dallas Evangelical Bible Church, Polk County Service Integration Teams, West Valley Hospital, Independence Cornerstone Church of God, Altrusa Club of Salem, Dallas State Farm, and many more community partners.

With Polk County community partners, we were able to serve every student with a backpack filled with the most needed supplies. We served approximately 350 students in the Dallas School District, 315 students in the Central School District, and 100 students in the Falls City School District. In addition, left over supplies were distributed to the local schools for children who may not have been served.

This program has a huge positive impact on the children of our community because they are going to school with a higher self esteem because they are prepared!

Without the community's partnerships the Apple Tree School Supply Giveaway would not have been possible.

Thank you for all your support and most of all for caring.

Melissa Baurer

Polk County Resource Center, Dallas

Central Lions Club

Cruise-In a big success

The Central Lions Club would like to thank all of those who gave their support to make the first Central Lions Club Cruise-In at Riverview Park in Independence so successful.

There were 90 spectacular cars from throughout Oregon and Washington on display at the event. Thanks to the local businesses and individuals who provided donations, sponsorships, time and effort in making this "fun-draiser" a great accomplishment.

The Lions plan on making this an annual event, with all profits received going directly to services for the local community, such as providing sight and hearing assistance to those in need and annual vision screening of elementary students in the Central School District. We hope to see you at next year's show!

Debbie Bach, president

Central Lions Club


Wal-Mart clerk was

honest, kind

Last week I was in Wal-Mart and I dropped a $50 bill, but I didn't realize I had dropped it until I got to my car. I went back in to try to find it, and when I checked at the customer service desk, one of the clerks had turned it in. I just want to say "thank you" to that person for their honesty and integrity.

Ethan Howard


Alternative to Obama

not a patriotic vote

This is my last chance to convince everyone to vote only for Democrats, with one important exception here in Polk County. The alternative to President Obama is so awful that no one should vote GOP. Republicans like to consider themselves patriots. Would patriots suppress voters and disrupt public events by groups they disagree with? Would patriots ridicule a president or hint about assassination and insult his wife by saying her behind too large? Would patriots destroy Social Security & Medicare so that elderly Americans would return to a life of poverty and sickness as in the 1930s. I think not.

Fred Brown


Hill is the right choice

for Polk judge

I support Norm Hill for Polk County circuit court judge.

As an attorney with many years in practice in our community, I have a strong interest in our courts and in the judges we elect to serve in them. Our community depends on a strong court system with excellent judges. Judge Hill was highly regarded as an attorney in private practice and his performance as a judge has been every bit as strong.

Judge Hill has the legal skills and temperament to be an outstanding circuit court judge. I urge you to vote with me to retain Judge Norm Hill.

Lane Shetterly


Citizens should let

justice system work

Recently I read about folks that were trying to influence the (Dallas) City Council as it related to a "Criminal Investigation"("Jerry Wyatt supporters ask council for leniency" Itemizer-Observer, Sept 19). The system allows folks that want to be character witnesses to step up and be heard but not at this time. Investigations and prosecutorial review is handled in the criminal justice system based on "facts" that allow the Grand Jury to make decisions. It is never appropriate to have folks try to influence Political bodies because they think they understand a situation or person better. Let the DA and the appropriate system deal with this situation. This situation isn't going to be handled by a cheering section and it shouldn't be.

James Harper



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