LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

12/21 Letters

Charter's move

of

USA channel

is a ripoff

I am writing to express my anger against Charter Communications cable company in regards to the swapping of USA (Channel 5) with Univision, also known as the Spanish Channel (39) in the basic cable package effective Dec. 30.

I subscribe to that basic package and recently read in my current monthly bill how I no longer will be able to view the USA channel since it will be under the "expanded package" now. But I will, in turn, receive the Spanish Channel!

What is this state coming to?

First of all, I don't understand Spanish. So now I have to start paying for a channel I cannot understand.

Secondly, this is a slap in the face to those of us who subscribe to the basic package -- paying for a channel we don't understand and then losing one of our favorite ones.

I urge the rest of you out there who do subscribe to Charter Cable to contact them and express your thoughts about this.

Melissa Murfy

Dallas

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Thief can't take

real Christ away

Saturday night, Dec. 11, between the hours of 6 and 9 p.m., someone abducted the baby Jesus from our lighted nativity display in our front yard.

We had noticed earlier that there was the same bare spot in another neighborhood nativity scene. For some of us the theft left the impression that there is a non-Christian conspiracy, (since there were also other such incidents reported in the Salem area) representing those who want to take Christ out of Christmas, and others have remarked this is a result of youthful pranks.

I have a message for whoever and for whatever reasons this was taken:

1) No one can take Christ out of CHRISTmas, or out of the hearts of believers.

2) The illuminating light that was left behind better represents Jesus Christ than a plastic figurine ... Jesus said, "I am the light of the world."

3) The theft represents the morals and values of the offender. What better reason to more closely examine the views and principles of those we vote into office.

When will they violate you and your rights, property, or personal safety? Those who speak out against God, and oppose the constitutional rights of any citizen apparently allows them to violate, or even harm, others who wish to peacefully follow their religious convictions and pursuits.

My prayer is that the offender will re-examine the rights given all by the constitution, and will make restitution to those the thief(s) have offended.

In closing, Christ is in my heart no matter what you do to my possessions, my body, my life. I need Him and think you do, too.

Stann Lyman

Dallas

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Fans feel they

deserve better

To all fans of Dallas Dragons basketball: Are our fans too rambunctious or rowdy?

Are we too negative towards the other team?

According to the administrators at Dallas High School, we have gone way over the line. They tell us that chanting things at specific players is degrading.

I believe that chanting "air-ball" at an opposing player after they shoot one is acceptable. Not only does it get our fans into the game by creating more noise, but it is the game within the game of basketball.

Our team loves us for the noise we make. It pumps them up and helps them get into the game.

By kicking out two students for the remainder of the season for minor negative comments towards the opposing players, we have lost two major fans and some of our infamous crowd noise that makes our school a difficult atmosphere for opposing teams.

Noise is obviously a huge part of a sporting event, just look at Autzen Stadium and McArthur Court.

Are our fans over the line? No. But others are, for kicking fans out for minor reasons.

Caleb Wechsler

Dallas

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Dallas people have

wonderful hearts

The Dallas Food Bank is so very appreciative of our wonderful community.

We have received donations from our church congregations, our golf tournaments, the wonderful donations that the Scouts brought to us, the wonderful donation from our high school, and the donations from our various totally blessed community persons.

I have mentioned "wonderful" many times in this communication, but it IS wonderful and blessed, and this comes from our hearts!

Thank you, everyone.

Doreen Quick

and the staff at

Dallas Food Bank

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Pray for those who

live in darkness

Dallas seems like such a quaint and safe community. At Wal-Mart, people say "Merry Christmas" and everyone seems happy.

On the other hand, in the Wal-Mart parking lot today, Dec. 14, there were stolen "Keep Christ in Christmas" signs scattered around the parking lot.

Tonight, I read in the Letters to the Editor that someone had baby Jesus stolen from their front yard. We too had our baby Jesus stolen from our yard.

Jesus explained why this happens in John 3:1 9-21: "This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed."

The baby Jesus thief's soul is far more valuable to God than the Christmas decoration.

When you get angry about people trying to kick Christ off the planet, stop and pray for them.

Jesus also said in John 12:46: "I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness."

Claudia Bagley

Dallas

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Public education

is in a sad state

I was shocked to read the letter defending teacher salaries, written by the chairman of a school district. He sounds like he is running for state governor and needs support from the teachers union.

Our public education system in the United States is in a state of crisis, and strange as it might sound, teachers are not to blame. The system is broken and needs fixing.

Many professionals in various technical arenas need continuing education in order to keep up with advances and changes. Public school teachers do not fall into this category. Classrooms and the subjects that are taught have remained essentially unchanged sense the 1950s.

Continuing education may be nice for the teacher, but it does not translate into improved learning for students.

Rather than defending teachers who are not the problem, as a school board chairman why not suggest an agenda to fix the real problems? Such an agenda might include:

First, let' take school boards out of the realm of public politics. How can we expect good schools when board members have no job qualification other than being a well-liked member of a community service club? If we feel the education of our children is a priority, perhaps we need a professional school board which also performs the school administration function.

Second, let's make schools compatible with our economic system, namely an eight-hour school day, five days a week, 52 weeks a year, with a two-week vacation period.

Third, good teachers do not need a union to speak up for them, and poor teachers are not wanted. Kick the unions out of the public education system.

Fourth, let us base teacher salaries on student performance, not number of college credits earned. What makes outstanding teachers is not taught in college. This is why home-schooled students do better on achievement tests.

Charles Blackwood

Dallas

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Rickreall pageant

was a treat indeed

This is our seventh Christmas in Polk County, but only the first time we attended the Rickreall Christmas Pageant.

We should not have waited so long.

This is a community Christmas tradition at its very best. Its history endears you immediately to Rickreall.

The production was flawless, complimenting the dedication of each participant. The song of the Three Wise Men was the most beautiful rendition I had ever heard.

The reason for this season was made clear, and the Lord Jesus was magnified. At the majestic close there was no final bow from all the participants, the curtain remained closed as we filed out, in contemplation of the greatest story every told.

Thank you, pageant committee and participants for a wonderful Christmas gift.

Oh, the best actors? Well, Jenny and Cyclops are high on my list (the burro and dog. They were great).

Les Jones

Monmouth

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Christian message

is refreshing

It is so refreshing and encouraging to drive down 99W, pass the 76 station and read, "God Bless You," "Merry Christmas," and "Jesus is the Reason for the Season."

In today's society of so much confusion, it is nice to see some clarity.

Thank you, Joe and Kim Franko.

Jill Love

Monmouth

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Non-believers don't

have to hurt others

To the people that are going around the community taking the baby Jesus figures from our yards -- this is stealing.

We are appalled that someone is offended by our nativity scene enough so as to take it from our yards.

Please don't ruin our beliefs because you obviously don't believe in our Savior's birth.

Bring them back, please!

Bev Huber

Dallas

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Giving members come

through like champs

The spirit of giving this holiday season is alive in Monmouth!

Thank you to all the members of Monmouth Fitness Club who donated toys for the Polk County annual toy drive. I decorated our fitness club Christmas tree with more than 100 gift tags and was so touched when every tag was taken from the tree!

The care that was taken by each of you to select the "perfect" gift for the child of the age group you selected was very evident when the gifts began arriving. Bicycles, tool sets, hats and scarves, makeup kits, teddy bears and remote control cars were placed under our tree.

Many of you even came in to check and make sure that all the tags were taken off the tree and then brought in extra gifts just in case! The Holidays aren't the only time that you have shown your generosity! You donated $2,700 for the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund, surpassing our original fundraising goal by $200. You have also donated $166 to our Relay for Life Team, which benefits the American Cancer Society.

I just wanted all of you to know that your generosity and spirit of giving is appreciated and something I am very proud of!

Megan Jeffries

Monmouth

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No questions asked

if plants returned

To the lady driving an SUV who may have accidentally taken my potted plants that I had set outside my business to water on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 10: I would like my plants back, please. No questions will be asked. These plants have sentimental value to me.

I had set out four plants behind Postal Connections (Safeway shopping mall). I had one pot sitting on top of my garbage can and the other three were on the ground. Please return them to Postal Connections. Our normal hours are Monday through Friday, 8 to 6, and Saturday, 10 to 4.

Thank You.

Kathie Connor

Dallas

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Christmas meaning

has been twisted

As I was sitting having breakfast, I took a chance to read the newspaper. All I could see was who doesn't want to say Merry Christmas.

Why?

I guess you could say Happy Birthday to Jesus.

But of course all Christmas is a sales curve. Without Christmas, many retail stores could not show a profit for the year. Some large retail outlets would have to drop in size.

Christmas is a time to reflect on how our fellow man is doing. Some of our servicemen's families won't be able to really enjoy the Christmas and New Years holiday.

I remember what it was like sitting on a Pacific Island at Christmastime, wondering what the people back home were doing on Christmas.

Also, sitting in North Carolina on 24-hour notice to go to Korea while packing up my pregnant wife to be ready to go home.

What are the fears "big business" has?

They have used Mother Nature to raise gas prices to reap big profits. Retail stores are afraid to not show a big fourth-quarter profit.

Our greed and fears have helped bring a very bad moral feeling in this country.

I pray we will think closely of our attitude and love our fellow men and women.

Jim Quigley

Dallas

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