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9/4 Letters to the Editor

*City needs to limit its utility increases*Law enforcement tax lavy is a scam*Grant will benefit anti-bullying effort*Contributors made tourney a success

September 03, 2013

City needs to limit

its utility increases

I find the response from the Independence city manager alarming ("Rate hike irks Indy business," Aug. 21 Itemizer-Observer).

I realize that rates need to increase to keep up infrastructure, but when a company such as Independence Cinemas complains about rates increasing and hurting their bottom line then there is a problem.

Independence Cinema is a great business to have in town. They draw customers in from surrounding areas that would gladly spend their money at the movies in their hometown.

I, as a resident, have seen my rates increase from $65 several years ago to $95 currently. I have used the same amount of water and sewage now as when I moved in.

Let's start holding the city of Independence accountable for raising rates and have it live within its means. Is it necessary to have the city raise its rates 10 percent every year? By the time it gets done, no one in town will be able to afford drinking water or flush their toilets.

David Christensen


Law enforcement

tax levy is a scam

In May the Polk County Sheriff's Department, district attorney's office, probation department and jail laid off workers to make ends meet.

Don't let them scare you -- the bad guys will not be standing at your door if they don't get their money.

Welcome to the new norm: higher prices on everything and less in our pockets. I know I have less. Why can't they work with less? I don't see these agencies making my life better, just broker and much harder to pay bills.

Just remember they are going to paint gloom and doom if they don't get their funding.

Ken Mayer


Grant will benefit

anti-bullying effort

I am the executive director for the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP), a nonprofit organization that serves all residents and businesses of Polk County with conflict resolution training and mediation services.

I am pleased to announce that VORP has received a $1,000 grant from the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians Charitable Contribution Fund. Commission Jennifer Wheeler, a current member of the board of directors for VORP, was present to receive the check at the award ceremony at Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City.

The money will be combined with other resources to fund the education of Falls City School District middle school youth about proactive anti-bullying responses and techniques. We are planning this as a pilot project that may be available to the other school districts in Polk County.

We are grateful for the generosity the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians have extended to us.

Ken Braun


Contributors made

tourney a success

The Gate Youth Association would like to publicly thank CUI Inc. located in Tualatin for sponsoring the seventh annual Gate Golf Tournament.

Additionally, we would like to thank the 24 local businesses and individuals who sponsored holes, the 12 local businesses and individuals who donated gifts for the raffle, and the many golfers who participated in the event.

Because of the generous support of our local communities, The Gate Youth Association will be able to partner with several other local resources in providing academic, social, recreational and inspirational opportunities for the teens of Monmouth and Independence throughout this coming school year.

Joyce Wahl, executive director

The Gate Youth Association


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