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4/17 Letters to the Editor

*Drop garage sale permit requirement*Police bond makes economic sense*Nice courtroom; judge was helpful*Tobacco prevention good use of funds*DLC students thank dance supporters*Garage sale costs getting too high*Keep city services, vote 'yes' on bond*Should city levy garage sale fee?*Councilor's fee logic is absurd

April 16, 2013

Drop garage sale

permit requirement

Now let me see if I've got this straight?

Last year, the city of Dallas issued 676 garage sale permits and issued signs for said garage sales. The city finance director says that the true cost for this is $50 per garage sale, which means that it cost our city $33,800 in 2012 to administer the garage sale program.

If the Dallas City Council imposed an $8 fee for garage sale permits in 2012, the city would have only spent $28,392 on the garage sale program last year.

Wake up, Dallas! Wouldn't this money be better spent elsewhere?

The City Council should drop the requirement that city residents get a permit for garage sales. If the powers that be are worried about signs around town that aren't removed, simply ban the placement of signs except on one's own property or use part of the above mentioned savings to pay some nonprofit groups to periodically take down expired signs.

Jerry Piering


Police bond makes

economic sense

The current Monmouth Police facilities are very inadequate.

City leadership has timed this bond measure to coincide with the expiration of the Monmouth Library Bond. The incremental increase to the average Monmouth citizen would be about $2.58 a month or $31 a year on a home assessed at $180,000.

This plan saves $1 million over purchasing land and building a new station elsewhere in the city.

This is the best time for Monmouth to address this deficiency, and it will meet our needs for 25 years into the future.

Please join me in voting "yes" on Measure 27-106.

Darin E. Silbernagel


Nice courtroom;

judge was helpful

In response to the April 10 Letter to the Editor "Appalling condition noted in courtroom," I was also on jury duty when the author of that letter was on that week. I was very impressed with Courtroom No. 1.

It was great to see the decor that dated back from the 1900s. The ceiling is fantastic and very old. It would be extremely hard to update and repair it without damaging the inside of the courtroom.

The writer has his opinion, but personally I thought that the courtroom was very clean and it certainly didn't smell musty and old.

I would also like to thank Judge Monte Campbell. We went to the jury orientation. Judge Campbell came out and talked to us and I have to tell you that he was very nice, had a sense of compassion and understanding for members of the jury. I don't know about anyone else, but he made me look forward to serving on the jury if chosen.

After the trial, Judge Campbell stayed over and personally thanked us and asked for any input on how to make serving on the jury a better experience for all who is involved.

If it wasn't for Judge Campbell's taking the time to talk with us and help us understand the process, then this would have been something I wouldn't have wanted to have done.

Thank you, Judge Campbell.

David Christensen


Tobacco prevention

good use of funds

On April 9, I went with nearly 50 cancer patients, survivors and caregivers to the State Capitol in Salem to meet with Oregon's lawmakers about the need to invest Oregon's Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement funds in health and prevention efforts and support policy that advances access to care.

Our visit was part of the annual American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Lobby Day, which brings volunteers together to urge elected officials to make fighting cancer a national priority.

We asked the legislature to:

* Support Medicaid expansion.

* Support allocating $12 million of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement funds for the state's Tobacco Prevention and Education Program.

* Support Senate Bill 621, to ensure the Health Evidence Review Commission make informed decisions for the benefit of cancer patients and their families.

I lost my dad to lung cancer in 2004 and believe that Tobacco Education and Prevention Programs can keep others from experiencing the pain of such loss. That is why I am a CAN volunteer.

In Oregon, more than 21,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer this year and 7,820 will die. Investing in chronic disease prevention efforts and advancing access to care are some of the most effective ways to diminish the death and suffering caused from cancer.

ACS CAN is the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate organization of the American Cancer Society, dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage lawmakers, candidates and government officials to support laws and policies that will make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer.

For more information, visit

Kay Graven


DLC students thank

dance supporters

Dallas High School Special Education would like to graciously thank all of those who were involved in the 2013 DLC Spring Ball.

Students from Dallas and Central high schools were able to dance the night away because of donations of time, funds or products from Dallas Realtors Association, Court Street Hair, The Majestic, Kristen Beck, Studio Works Photography, DHS Perks Coffee, Dallas High School staff and the Dallas School District.

We would also like to thank our peer tutor students at the high school for their time, and for coming and supporting our DLC students.

Teresa Fenton


Garage sale costs

getting too high

I see that the cost of placing an ad in the Itemizer-Observer for a garage sale has now skyrocketed to a minimum of $15. I believe that it was formerly $12 the last time I checked.

I was going to suggest that the city and I-O get together and split the $15 cost to cover both the ad and the sign permit.

My conclusion at this point is to offer my sale items at an address outside of Dallas or Monmouth.

I will also continue to place the "free" ads with the I-O, which has been a wonderful experience. A total of $23 (for a garage sale ad and a city garage sale permit) is out of the question.

Mary Cosgrove


Keep city services,

vote 'yes' on bond

Along with many concerned townsfolk, I was in the unenviable position of being a part of February's "alternate budget" process to determine how many services would go away if Independence was unable to refinance debts through the upcoming bond measure, No. 27-107.

To me, "services" translates into people. I can't help it, I think in terms of how does a certain loss of service impact the caring citizen?

We'll all be affected by the loss of critical policing, by the lack of unfinished public works projects, and by closing the museum doors or reducing library hours.

Please vote "yes" on the Independence bond.

Nancy Lodge


Should city levy

garage sale fee?

The April 1 Dallas City Council meeting's 5-4 garage sale permit fee minority vote was summarized by Councilwoman Jackie Lawson saying, "I think we're nickel-and-diming people to death if we're asking for $5 or $8."

The majority vote was summarized by Councilman Jim Brown stating, "I think that the imposition we are proposing is relatively reasonable. They have to be able to make $8 or they shouldn't be having a garage sale."

Councilman Jim Fairchild stated that the purpose of the official signs was to eliminate homemade signs being posted around town, which would then have to be removed by "staff" (this ignores current City Ordinances defining how such instances are already illegal).

The Itemizer-Observer reported April 10 that the city of Dallas was host to 676 approved garage sales during 2012. According to the city's finance director, this cost the taxpayers over $30,000. No explanation or data is provided by the I-O as to why this is the case. We are not informed as to what these expenditures included, we are informed of the rough total.

The councilors' statements, all of them, fail to consider the issue at hand. Our city councilors, with an inherent obligation to the voters that placed them in office, have seemingly missed the whole idea brought to their agenda. The issue is not if the public is being nickel-and-dimed, nor certainly if a person is going to earn more than $8 from a weekend's sale, nor whether a sale should or could be advertised throughout the city of Dallas by posting advertisements in an illegal manner. This issue is whether or not the city of Dallas should levy an addition user's fee on citizens that have garage sales, and why.

Mark K. Patterson


Councilor's fee

logic is absurd

Regarding the story about garage sales fees ("Dallas may impose garage sale fees," April 10 Itemizer-Observer) and the quote from City Councilor Jim Brown that "they have to be able to make the $8 or they shouldn't be having a garage sale."

So, to follow that logic, they should be able to make the co-pay or they shouldn't be going to the doctor ... and so on, and so on, and so on.

Jory Taber