Wednesday, November 16, 2005
It's time to stop
The time has come for Americans to join together to urge our political and business leaders to take action to stop global warming.
Scientists have been studying global warming for over 100 years. The jury is back and the verdict is in. Global warming is real and it's here now.
The science behind global warming is very simple. Since the Industrial Revolution in the mid-nineteenth century, humans have been burning huge amounts of fossil fuel. The carbon dioxide produced by these fuels acts like a blanket, trapping more and more heat from the sun in our atmosphere.
Global warming impacts all Americans today, no matter where they live.
From workers at ski resorts in Washington state forced out of work due to paltry snowfalls, to farmers in the heartland suffering longer, more severe droughts, to fishermen in the Chesapeake Bay watching helplessly as shellfish die under massive blooms of red tide, to ever-larger national outbreaks of once exotic insect borne diseases like West Nile Virus.
Worldwide, the World Health Organization estimates that 160,000 people die each year from side effects of global warming!
There are simple things each and every one of us can do to stop global warming. We can drive more efficient cars, and better insulate our houses.
There is even one free thing we can do: we can go to www.stopglobalwarming.org and join the Stop Global Warming Virtual March on Washington, where people from all across America are joining together on the Internet to fight global warming today.
Thankful for Pedee,
Every day I am thankful for Pedee and Bridgeport schools, and I wanted to share this message with all.
Our children have been students at these schools since 2003 when Bridgeport joined Pedee into an existing charter and they became Luckiamute Valley Charter School. Our children's personal growth has exceeded our expectations. Why?
1. The teachers have been professional, creative and caring for each student.
2. The children in their classes are like most in Polk Co., wholesome and diverse in backgrounds.
3. The staff and board of directors run a tight ship under a tight budget, exemplary for government in these times.
4. Many parents help in class and on extracurricular activities.
5. Free bus rides from town.
6. The schools are small. When a problem arises for my child, it is easily fixed, especially at Pedee where the ususal drama and trauma of middle school is minimized by watchful responsive teachers. Yes, we are thankful.
And they have some openings right now. LVSC has begun a tradition of small school education with public school funds. The results are already evident. Every child who has attended or graduated from LVCS is a great person, which would make any parent thankful.
Sue and Jim Reams
Thank you, Trachsel
Body and Paint
In October of 2003 we dropped off our 1965 Ford Mustang at a body shop on Ash Street in Dallas. My husband was being deployed over seas and we were hoping to have the car restored while he was away.
One and a half years later, when the car was finally returned to us, it was not only the wrong color but it had also been damaged and was missing parts. We were devastated and had decided to cut our losses and sell the car.
Then a friend referred us to Trachsel Body and Paint in Salem. The owner and employees of Trachsel were absolutely amazing. They repainted our car and exceeded every expectation that we had. The car was finished way before we had hoped, and we couldn't be any happier. We want to thank Trachsel's for their wonderful customer service and work.
They made a soldier's dream come true and proved that there are still businesses that care.
Thank you again!
MLP is truly
a success story
Here is a story of enterprise and self-help in a time of dwindling public resources.
In the late 1990s, a small group of mid-Willamette Valley farm worker women began sewing and selling hand made items for necessary family income in winter months. To provide clothing, food, shelter and transportation for their children, the women -- many being sole breadwinners -- formed an economic cooperative "Women Fighting for Progress/MLP (Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas).
In 1999, the group began to craft and market holiday wreaths for businesses, homes, houses of worship, organizations, schools and unions.
Since then, the co-op has involved 100 women and generated $130,000 income.
This year they will distribute wreaths from Eugene to Seattle.
Besides providing their own economic and leadership development, MLP serves their community by organizing workshops on women's health, personal and family finances, and computer literacy.
They spark cultural enrichment through children's folkloric dance programs.
To purchase a wreath for the 2005 holidays, or for information about the self-help efforts of MLP, call 503-623-5153 before Saturday, Nov. 26.
Cost is $30 per wreath and free delivery in Polk and Marion counties will be on Dec. 3, 4 and 5.
Dr. Stewart closes
his Dallas office
Dear Dallas Community,
This letter is to announce the closure, as of the end of this calendar year, my Dallas office which has operated at 1062 Main St., on Tuesdays for the last 25 years.
The office has been purchased by my friend and neighbor, Rod Buchanan, who plans to develop commercial space on the property.
My Salem office will remain in full operation with expanded hours to accommodate delivery of services to patients who wish to and are able to continue their care in Salem.
For those who are not, we are making arrangements for care to be transferred to their primary care doctor's offices.
Let me express to the community how much I have enjoyed living, raising a family and practicing medicine in the city of Dallas -- truly one of the best places to live anywhere. I would like to thank the community and especially its medical providers for supporting my practice all these years.
I will continue to provide a range of consultation services in allergy, clinical immunology and rheumatology through my Salem office located at 830 Saginaw St. S. For more information: 503-371-3512.
Stephen R. Stewart M.D.
DHS Boosters auction
The Dallas Booster Club Auction held at Eola Hills on Saturday evening was a huge success. There were 235 people in attendance and the Booster Club raised more than $17,000 for Dallas High School athletic programs.
It has been a number of years since the Booster Club held an auction. On top of raising money for high school athletics, this was an outstanding community event. It was a chance for our community to come together to support our students and our schools. The evening was filled with live music, a silent and an oral auction and time to visit with friends.
Thank you to each of our businesses that donated items for the auction, Special thanks goes to Kathie Brostrom for being the person to say "let's make this happen" and then making it happen! It is the people in our city dedicated to youth that continue to make Dallas a great place to raise our children.
Thank you to each person that made the Dallas Booster Club Auction a success!
School district superintendent
Good deed earns
pet owner's anger
This issue regards the beagle pups and mother that were running around Fairview, Cherry and Birch streets the weekend of Nov. 5 and 6.
On Saturday, two young men knocked on our door and asked us if the beagle pup they had was ours. I said no. We had seen them earlier running about and wished them luck finding the owner.
Then, on Sunday night, two women knocked on our door with another beagle puppy they had nearly run over. They explained they could not take it home because they have ferrets. We took it in and cared for it that night.
On Monday, I called my vet at Dallas Animal Clinic and they informed me the owner had reported them missing and gave me their telephone number.
I immediately called the owner and told her what had happened and tried to make arrangements for her to collect her puppy.
She became very belligerent, as my telephone number did not show a Dallas prefix (I was using my cell phone at my residence in Dallas).
She was so out of control I hung up on her. Within minutes animal control called me and I gave them my name and address and they came to the house within 10 minutes.
I explained to the officer what had happened and how rude the owner was. I was just trying to return the puppy.
The officer mentioned that she thought that the dogs were stolen.
None of that made any sense at all. We saw them all running around Saturday. If they were stolen, they wouldn't have been out.
Common sense tells us they accidentally got out of their home and rather than the owner take any responsibility it was easier for her to blame everyone else.
get a bad rap
This letter is in response to Ms. Davies letter printed 11/9/05 regarding teachers wanting more money to do less work. I have heard these same sentiments over and over again in newspapers and other publications, and I feel some education is needed. I am married to a high school art teacher, so I do have a frame of reference to build upon.
Teachers are now required to have a master's degree in order to teach. At my husband's school district, the starting pay for a beginning teacher is $32,000/year. Does this sound like a huge amount of pay for someone with a master's degree? Let me be clear, a master's degree requires five to six years of college education.
As to the three months off in the Summer (which is actually only two according to teachers job contracts), many educators have to work second jobs during this time in order to provide for their families.
Many people believe a teachers work day would be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., just like a school day. By contract, my husband's work day is 7:30 to 4:30.
Most teachers remain even later then this into the evening hours grading papers, assisting with after school activies, and talking with parents.
They then have to bring papers home with them to grade, spend time doing prep work and lesson plans, not to mention the hundreds of dollars they spend out of their own pockets to buy supplies that are no longer in the funding budgets.
My challenge to Ms. Davies and others who feel so inclined to write letters chastising teachers is this--If you have concerns about whether or not teachers earn their money, spend a week volunteering in a classroom.
See what a teacher's job really entails. Ask a few teachers what they really do with their summer breaks. My husband and I would be glad to talk with you. Then see if you still want to write your letter.
Police don't enforce
I can not believe how rude and inconsiderate some of the the residents of Independence are. Most of these residents seem to reside between Third and Ninth streets, across Monmouth and "I" streets.
These people seem to take great delight in turning their radios on full blast. It is not music that they are playing -- it is pounding.
This also happens with people driving around town. I have heard there is a 25-foot limit, which should be not even a foot.
Their noise invades a person's privacy.
Where are our friends in uniform who are hired to uphold the law? They can not even be reached by phone.
Our tax dollars are paying for what?
I hope something will be done soon to correct this invasive situation.
Many deserve thanks
for Boosters auction
I just wanted to thank the Brostrom, Boustead and Posey families for the hard work they put in to resurrecting the Booster Club Auction.
Also, thank you to all of the families, companies and organizations who donated items and special packages.
The auction money will give athletes and coaches the opportunity to focus on the goals we hope to achieve.
Tony and Connie Olliff
never got chance
If any eternal optimists had thought that the Republican administration learned anything from the debacle created by hiring a toady to run FEMA, you may return to pessimism.
Since my college days, working on a track gang, I have been a fan of all things rail.
Hence, I knew that David L. Gunn, the talented head of Amtrak, was the best possible choice to try to make Amtrak a viable business.
Now, Mr. Gunn has been canned by Bush and his cronies so that another political hack can take over and destroy the system.
You see, wealthy oil-rich people don't ride the train. That's for the "little people" -- you and me.
The money can be better spent on tax cuts for the wealthy.
Words will not properly describe the superb program that was presented on Nov. 11 to honor our nation's veterans of the Armed Forces, Coast Guard and the National Guard.
The program was planned and presented by our Dallas Post Office, the Polk County Commissioners and the Polk County Historical Society.
History came alive as Postmaster Morrie Bart (also a veteran) introduced some 10 heros who described their service from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and both Iraq wars!
Imagine being on a bombing run into Germany, even being a prisoner of war, fighting in Italy and Normandy and withstanding minus 30 degree temperatures in Korea, or living and fighting in 130 and higher degrees in dusty, sandy Iraq.
Worse yet, put yourself in the shoes of a veteran from the Vietnam era and being insulted by citizens of this country upon coming home!
Thank all of you for what you did and endured and as Lt. Kesey, USMC reminded us -- "All gave some, some gave all."
a grocery store
If the (blank) city council, mayor and so-called city planner can lure Walgreen's to Monmouth, then why are they too lame to lure a real grocery store here with meat and vegetables that are affordable, like the Market Place used to be?
Have any of these same idiots had to walk to Independence and back to this no-town with a load of groceries?
In the rain?
Pleasure to work
with local police
Last week, 19 people gathered in a Monmouth classroom to study the philosophy and profession of crime prevention -- the pro-active part of policing.
Specifically, these students were developing skills in collaboration, problem solving and public presentation to address issues of public safety and livability in their own communities.
The group needed a "living laboratory," in which to practice their skills. They wanted to work with something local and meaningful. It was a matter of good fortune that our first invitation for involvement was extended to the Independence Police Department.
From planning through reporting, Independence proved a wonderful host for this pilot project. Chief Wells not only helped to identify meaningful issues for exploration, but also created access to information and area resources.
School resources officers, municipal leaders, school officials, newspaper reporters, all showed their interest and support as these crime prevention practitioners explored youth-related issues and activities in the area.
In the end, although the lab time was much too short to thoroughly understand the community or the issues, the students rated the experience as very valuable.
While the Independence Police Department had already implemented many of the suggestions, staff was attentive and graceful in receiving our findings and recommendations.
There are several components that define excellence in crime prevention -- evenhanded information sharing, creative partnerships and resource leveraging and imaginative and strategic problem solving.
By its participation in this project, the Independence Police Department modeled each of these components and demonstrated its commitment to excellence.
On behalf of the Crime Prevention Association of Oregon, I want to say "thank you" to Chief Vern Wells and the Independence Police Department. It was a pleasure to work with people of such integrity.
Tina M. Clawson