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Letters To The Editor

Graffiti at park not appreciated

I’d like to give a big shout out to the person who tagged our back fence. Our family is so excited to have your “art” to share with the rest of the neighborhood. Why you picked our home when you had a lot of fence to choose from will forever be a mystery, but rest assured we have removed it. Our taste in art and yours just isn’t the same.

To my neighbors and friends in the Madrona Park area, our home borders the park.

The tag was on our back fence facing the park. Please keep your eyes open for taggers. Hopefully this is just kids having “fun” and not something more.

Diane McBurnett

Monmouth

Remember vets with poppies

The small red paper poppies that you see being distributed at Walmart here in Dallas several times a year have more of a history than you might think.

The red poppies date back to 1921, to commemorate soldiers who had died in war. As returning soldiers from the First World War came home they brought back with them the memory of the battlefield poppies that lined the devastated battlefields of Flanders and France.

They brought back with them the memory of the fallen soldiers. As time went on, the poppies were used to remember the fallen of other wars.

In 1921, the American Legion Auxiliary adopted the poppy as a symbol of remembrance and distributes them for donations around Memorial and Veterans Day. The proceeds go to Veteran based programs such as the Wounded Warrior Project and the Portland Transplant Center.

Each of the poppies that is distributed by members of the American Legion Auxiliary is handmade.

We have three Veterans in the State of Oregon who make all the poppies for our state, as well as for several other states.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 20 will be at the Dallas Walmart on Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and we would very much appreciate your support.

Peggy Ortman

Dallas

Businesses help students ‘Achieve’

I’d like to thank the following businesses for providing work experience opportunities to my students in Project ACHIEVE, Dallas High School’s post-high program, during the 2014-15 school year.

Students received on-the-job training while doing a variety of tasks for these businesses.

This training is invaluable in preparing my students for paid work once they finish school. Many thanks go to: Dallas City Library, Dallas Retirement Village, Dallas School District Office and Print Shop, Dragonfly Preschool, Future Images, Jefferson Manor, Lyle Elementary and Oakdale Heights Elementary.

Betsy Seth

Dallas

Rally helps hospitalized vets

On behalf of the American Legion and American Legion Riders Post 20 of Dallas, I would like to express special thanks to Sweeney’s Pub and Todd Keys for hosting a motorcycle rally there on May 23 for the benefit of Veterans in hospitals. They raised a very nice donation for “Operation Comfort Warrior.” Also thanks to the Dallas Police Department for their cooperation.

David Christian

Dallas

Welcome home warmed hearts

I wanted to say thank you to the Chamber of Commerce, the students at Lyle school and the residents of Dallas for the Welcome home parade on the 22nd of May.

We were surprised at how many people were there and all the signs the students made. It was heartwarming. I am proud to be a resident of Dallas and wanted to say thank you to the community for the parade.

SFC Richard Merrill

Dallas

Thanks to all who support recital

I, as owner and instructor of the Polk County France School of Dance located at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall, would like to thank Jacque Jacobs and family, Kermit Martin, Dena Lund, Scott Wagner, Erica Rodriguez and family, and the music teacher at Talmadge Middle School, Diane Nelson for all their help with the May 19 performance/food drive.

More than 500 pounds of food was collected for Joan Schmitt’s Children’s Fund and $274 for the Dallas Emergency Food Bank.

Thank you to all the students and families for your ongoing support.

The studios have collected over 52,000 pounds of food and thousands of dollars for Marion Polk counties.

Linda France Martin

Polk County France School of Dance

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