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Letters To The Editor

Blessing and hope

My husband would like to tell how blessed we were when we went to the Dallas hospital emergency. The doctor found Les had a colon blockage. Les went by ambulance to the Salem Hospital. Les had wonderful care by Dr. VanderHeyden; all went great. Hope we live long enough to see the new senior center.

Betty and Les Day

Dallas

Stranger’s offer a holiday reminder

I had the most amazing experience last week. I was in Salem to have lunch with friends and do some shopping. My last stop was the Fred Meyer store on Market Street. The clerk totaled up my purchases and suddenly the young woman behind me in line said to me, “May I pay for your groceries as a Christmas gift to you?” I was so astonished. I know I was standing there with my mouth open.

When I finally got it together, I thanked her and declined her offer. I explained to her that most of what I bought was either going to the Food Bank, the Boy Scouts food drive, or to the Dallas seniors who adopted a family for Christmas. I paid my bill and turned to her to thank her again. We gave each other a hug and said Merry Christmas. I left the store with a smile on my face as I realized there are still wonderful, kind, caring people in this country. Each day brings blessings.

Helvi Ross

Dallas

Indy should focus on what they have

The city of Independence needs to be reminded that 52 businesses located in our downtown core have closed their doors or gone out of business in the last six years. Fourteen of those retail fatalities were restaurants.

Currently there is an excess of 60,000-square feet of vacant retail or income-producing space located within three city blocks. Good luck to the in-state investors attempting to collect $2.40 per square foot when neighboring businesses occupying buildings owned locally are struggling to pay their bills at 38 cents per square foot.

In referencing the newly acquired landfill: to complement the current downtown, all new construction must be built to exceed anticipated seismic reality. The landfill is unstable ground within a flood plain.

That does not mean the property cannot be built on; it means construction due to the proximity of the river will require substantial reinforcement. Building facades must resemble 19th century architecture to blend in and maintain the historical image of the town. The development should contain a parking structure, destination hotel, and a performing arts center — things that brings hotel guests to the area. Competitive retail, additional restaurants or Section 8 housing is a bad direction. Let the hotel guest keys become “the keys to the city,” allowing visitors to shop and enjoy the venues we already offer. The city has been struggling for years and obviously does not or cannot sustain what it already has. For that to change, residents and government need to support what they can see and abandon the ideology of seeing what they can support by continuously attempting to attract new victims to maintain the illusion of prosperity. As a merchant; I would gladly give the hotel 10 percent of the receipts their traffic generated.

Ron Smith

Independence

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