Saturday, December 07, 2013
Covering Dallas, Monmouth, Independence, Falls City and surrounding areas since 1868
December 05, 2012
Here's a better idea:
The city of Monmouth has expressed a need for a new home for its police department. It would seem to me to be a bad investment of taxpayer money at this time.
As former mayor Paul Evans pointed out in his recent guest editorial in the Itemizer-Observer, the real need is to create and further a public safety district in Polk County that coordinates all cities. Polk County is dramatically short of manpower, while cities are fully staffed. Sheriff Bob Wolfe brought this up in a Local Public Safety Coordinating Council meeting and it was met with opposition from the cities.
As it now exists, county deputies are traveling many miles to cover situations just outside Monmouth and Independence. This occurs even though there are ample city officers on duty. Monmouth is a small geographical area patrolled by a large fleet of gas-fueled automobiles. Little thought has been given to foot patrol or electric vehicles.
In this time of shrinking tax bases, we need city leaders to put time and thought into consolidation and revenue sharing rather than setting out to expand their kingdom.
The city says it does not spend money easily or unnecessarily. I wonder how they categorize MINET or the proposals for a park fountain and amphitheater.
Public money should be saved and spent on real needs of the citizens of the entire county. I believe that creating duplications in each city is wasteful.
Donald W. Dutcher
in key donations
The Friends of the Delbert Hunter Arboretum want to thank those of you who have donated money that will be matched up to $7,500 from a very generous benefactor.
To date there has been approximately $3,000 donated. The deadline is Dec. 15, so there is still time to make your tax-deductible donation.
The Delbert Hunter Arboretum will have its annual meeting and open house Tuesday from 10 a.m. until noon. The annual meeting will take place at 10, at which time new board members will be elected. The general public is invited to stop by, have a cup of coffee and meet the board members and volunteers.
Build skills, don't
worry about foes
I would like to affirm Dallas High School Athletic Director Tim Larson's comments in Nicole Watkins' column "OSAA: Simplify the Classification Game" (Nov. 28 Itemizer-Observer).
Mr. Larson is not concerned about what competition Dallas athletes will draw in a reshuffled classification scheme, but rather whether Dallas athletes are continuously improving their skills in order to get to the next level.
Dallas United Soccer Club supports this approach by developing quality coaches who focus on technical training and providing meaningful competitive experiences in leagues that bring teams together from all over the valley. By the time a Dallas United athlete reaches high school, they have already played against teams from rivals such as Silverton, Central, Woodburn, Corvallis and Albany for several years. Athletes must be exposed to meaningful competition at young ages for benefits to be reaped at the high school level.
Programs that are seamlessly aligned from top to bottom are producing champions. Dallas Mat Club is a prime example. I'm hopeful that we will see the same results in basketball and football as Dallas Basketball Association and Pop Warner engage younger athletes in their programs.
I'm personally excited about some of the athletes we are promoting to the DHS soccer program. We're not far away from seeing some truly great teams. It doesn't matter what classification we're in, we're all preparing athletes to compete with the best.
Dallas United Soccer Club focuses on player development with the goal of improving the quality of play at every level. Learn about our winter training and spring league play at DallasUnitedSoccer.org.
Jim Cross, president
Dallas United Soccer Club
worthy of support
Monmouth has a wonderful and active senior center. The center is so well liked that 42 percent of the members are from outside of Monmouth.
But we have a problem: the center is too small.
With luck, every citizen of Monmouth will be eligible to become a member of the center or participate in any of our activities or trips without membership. It would be a shame if we are not able to accommodate future members.
We as members have raised more than $50,000 toward the grant for expansion through hard work and devotion to our center. One of the requirements for obtaining the grant is a donation of $1,000 or more from individuals, families or organizations.
It would be a shame if we do not get the grant because we failed to meet the grant foundation requirements.
Events help make
this area special
I would like to thank the many people who contributed to both the "Slice of Life" pie party at New Hope Community Outreach Center and the "Holiday Jam" at the Dallas Senior Center in the last couple of weeks.
The holidays are a difficult time for many of us. For those without family, without homes of their own, on limited or no income, it is nearly impossible.
I invite the adults of the greater Dallas community to participate in the activities available at the New Hope Community Outreach Center, especially our holiday party on Dec. 19, and the "Holiday Week Jam" at the Dallas Senior Center on Dec. 27. Keep our community the special place it is by coming and participating in events that make us all one big happy family.
Questions regarding either event can be directed to me at 503-831-3996 or on Facebook.
Michele Griffin Campione