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4/3 Letters to the Editor

*Students need to respect neighbors*Concussion story raises awareness*Monmouth park needs a restroom*Good reasons to support police levy*Garten Services appreciates grant

April 02, 2013

Students need to

respect neighbors

I am hoping that something can be done for the folks who live on Church and Clay streets.

Morrison School allows an open campus. The students are, for the most part, respectful of the residents surrounding the school. However, there is a minority of students who congregate on Church Street at the lunch break. They frequent Center Market on Washington Street on their lunch break. They are very disrespectful of property in the vicinity of the school.

I come home from work and find trash thrown all over my yard. I have cleaned up soda cans, chip bags and broken glass from discarded bottles. There have been times when I am home and have witnessed students throwing away trash as they walk down the street.

My neighbors and I feel that something needs to be done. We deserve to live in a neighborhood free from garbage. I am hoping that between the school and law enforcement something can be done. We want to be able to live comfortably in our own neighborhood.

I suggest that trash cans be installed along Church Street as well as a police presence during the lunch hour. I am just looking for a little respect and perhaps a solution.

Patti Schlegel


Concussion story

raises awareness

I was impressed by the recent article on concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI) ("School of hard knocks," March 27 Itemizer-Observer).

Oregon has a TBI team of trained volunteers that assists families and schools to reintegrate students who have sustained a TBI. This is a free service. The name of the organization is Center on Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT).

More information can be found by looking them up on Facebook.

Thank you for your article and for raising awareness of this important issue.

Elaine Ferguson


Monmouth park

needs a restroom

I read the "Community Notes" insert that accompanied my utilities bill that I received on Saturday. I'm delighted and impressed that Public Works Director Russ Cooper is spearheading "The Year of the Parks" projects in Monmouth.

However, he has failed to consider what I consider a basic human needs concern for Cherry Lane Park. I previously wrote him about this need approximately one year ago. At the time, his answer was that he would bring it up at the next Monmouth Parks Board meeting. I have yet to receive a response on the matter.

Now I read that many parks projects improvements are scheduled for this year. The need is a basic restroom of some sort for individuals to use while using the park.

As an example, my grandchildren have to either try to wait until I can get them to my home to go, or, as in the case of my grandson recently, pee against the fence while I shield him for privacy.

I see that new trees are scheduled to be replaced at that park. But what about a basic porta-potty for use by the public? If there is money to build a "dog park," there surely must be money to supply a basic porta-potty for Cherry Lane Park.

Kenneth L. Sauer


Good reasons to

support police levy

We are in favor of the Monmouth Police bond for the following reasons:

* It makes the department usable. Pat was hit by a combative drunk driver with two babies in the car. She drove to the out-of-town department and honked for help.

* It keeps our officers in town. When an arrest is made, the officer must transport out of town. Training and special meetings also cannot be held in Monmouth due to the lack of a private, secure room.

* It saves money. The consultants told Monmouth that it would save us a million dollars if we bought this building.

Don and Pat Ediger


Garten Services

appreciates grant

Garten Services Inc. would like to thank the Dallas Community Foundation for its generous grant for equipment upgrades at our Dallas commercial laundry facility.

That equipment provides jobs for Dallas residents with significant disabilities. The new water heaters the grant helped purchase have created savings on utilities that we will use to provide more jobs and services in Dallas.

The long-term support of community partners like the Dallas Community Foundation helps make Garten's programs in Dallas possible. Our employees are pleased to be part of such a supportive community. We welcome you to visit us and see our work.

Thanks so much to the foundation and the local donors who make these grants possible.

Tim Rocak, CEO

Garten Services Inc.


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