‘Where are we headed?’

When did we become a country of hate, where two black students are named valedictorian and salutatorian, only to have white parents complain so a second (white) valedictorian and salutatorian are named? Where children are being killed in road rage shootings? Where our elected leaders (Larry Householler, R – Ohio) are indicted for taking millions in bribes? Where ‘vile’ anti- Biden flags can be flown in Tennessee and nothing done about it? Where Republicans refuse to take up a bill to raise the minimum wage and ensure women are paid the same as men? Where mass shootings, Asian attacks and attacks on Blacks are on a significant increase? Where ‘sports here’ Brett Favre can be paid $1.1 million for speeches he never gave but only pays back $500,000? Where Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) says the rioters in the Capitol looked like normal tourist visit, even after pictures are shown of him holding chamber doors closed from rioters?

Michael Flynn claims the pandemic is fabricated after more than 600,000 die? Where Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green likened Speaker Pelosis’ reticence to lift mask mandate to the German extermination of the Jews? Where eight months after the election, people still claim Trump won the election? Where Mitch McConnell agrees to a commission to investigate the Capitol but then is against it after being pressured by Trump? Where in the hell are we headed?

Cliff Brown


BG’s a reader’s favorite

Thank you so much David Hayes for your great article on BG’s, Monmouth’s best barbecue. It was an excellent reminder of how much I enjoy buying/serving BG’s meals. My favorite, their barbecue pork with Bill Gordon’s homemade sweet and savory sauce. Mason Smiens, the one ‘part time employee’ as per article, a WOU student, deserves recognition too, as a positive, young, bright, and articulate employee, who enthusiastically relayed how much he enjoys working at BG’s Barbecue for owner Bil Gordon.

I love hearing employees promote their employers/work place as well as the excellent --- in this case, it’s ‘the delicious’ — menu offerings. Thank you I/O, David Hayes, BG’s Barbecue (corner of Highway 99 and Clay Street E), and that positive part-time employee, Mason Smiens.

You all help make Monmouth such a pleasant place to live. I love pointing out the ‘good’ in life. My motto when working with people of all ages is to catch them being/doing good. You’ve all certainly provided a reason to comment. Thank you.

Bonnie Ross


FML are appreciated

The recent article about the Friends of the Monmouth Library (FML) misstated that, “…the group’s main purpose of donating books to the library…” The Friends do not donate books to the Monmouth Public Library. Patrons and community members donate books to the Friends, who in turn sell the books as a fundraiser for their organization.

The Friends do support the library in a number of ways, including: funding most of the programming we provide for all ages; Summer Reading program expenses; purchasing our Cultural Passes which are available for checkout; paying for the license to show movies at the library; purchasing the children’s early literacy computers; the purchase of some Launchpad tablets (these are in our collection); and the purchase of books to giveaway to children and teens for summer reading and throughout the year.

The way the Friends are able to provide this generous support is through their membership dues, monetary donations, their on-going book sales and their biannual special sales.

I would like to thank this wonderful non-profit organization for all their support and encourage you, if you are not already a member, to join this group and continue their efforts of supporting the library. I would also encourage you to take it a step further and join the Friends of the Monmouth Library’s Board and become an active Friend of the library.

Krist Obrist

Director Monmouth Public Library

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