Consolidation idea does make sense

It sounds like the May 2015 Polk County public safety levy is needed.

In a letter on Feb. 11 (“Levy is worthy, but eye consolidation”), the writer supports the levy but wonders about savings if the city police departments and the sheriff’s department were to merge.

In this context, when moving here in August 2011, I was certainly surprised that the small towns of Monmouth and Independence each have their own police department and public library. Having lived near big cities such as Rotterdam, Los Angeles, Yokohama, etc., it seems to me that this duplication is a waste of money.

How about money saving consolidation?

Huibert Paul


Increased timber harvests needed

This is in response to “Legal marijuana isn’t the problem” (Feb. 18 Itemizer-Observer) … The reason why Josephine and Polk counties are without sheriff protection is because of the shortage of timber dollars. If the state government would open up our forests and start harvesting trees for lumber, then these two counties would once again have their money that they lost.

I think that Dallas is doing a great thing by not having “pot shops” within its city limits. These business tend to be run down and an eye sore. Do you want these businesses in your residential neighborhoods influencing your children such as the one in Independence? Think about the clientele that will visit these shops, and do you want them roaming your neighborhood?

As for the tea party, you’re right, they don’t agree with taxation and believe in their Second Amendment rights. They believe that before asking people to raise their property taxes for police protection that they do an internal audit and see what is necessary and what isn’t.

David Christensen


‘Herd immunity’ is propaganda

A “herd,” according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, is “a number of animals of one kind under human control.” The World Book Dictionary: “multitude of people, the common people, and rabble.”

This seems a play on words — the common people versus the “so called” elite who make our laws.

Edward Bermays is the father of propaganda. He says the best defense against propaganda is more propaganda.

Conscious and intelligent manipulation of the habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in a democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society contribute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.

We are governed, our minds molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested largely by men we have never heard of. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.

Three main elements of public relations are practically as old as society: informing people, persuading people and integrating people with people.

Propaganda is the executive arm of the invisible government.

It is difficult for people who are unaware of this propaganda mechanism to realize that they are being “herded” to give up their freedom whether to be vaccinated or not.

I chose not to be herded into giving up my freedom. Where is the America that I have lived in for the last 69 years? I oppose SB442.

Rose Dorn


Restore services, cut other programs

Dear Polk County Commissioners: Another increase in my property taxes? No.

Essential services (sheriff, fire, emergency) have already been gutted, leaving us dangling in the wind unprotected. Trying to pressure us again? If we don’t pass the tax increase, it’s our safety, our necks on the line.

Start a new trend — make the addicts and welfare abusers pay their own way. I can no longer afford to support these gratuitous programs.

Restore the critical sheriff, fire and emergency resources that all of us use.

Pat Beach

West Salem

Central High play was spectacular

On Feb. 14, I attended the play “Oklahoma!” at Central High School. What a spectacle performance.

The students worked very hard. They should be very proud of themselves. I would go again.

Donna Ainsworth


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