3/19 Letters to the Editor

*Local drug dealing concerns resident*Illegals' amnesty not right for U.S. *Bicyclists spoil spring for writer*Ex-officer supports Butterfield for D.A.*Softball fundraiser warms girls'

Local drug dealing

concerns resident

One of my neighbors is a drug dealer. I've reported it several times, but nothing has become of it.

Last week, my daughter, her dad, and another neighbor witnessed a person pull up in front of our house, a teenager from the drug house walk up to the truck, and then we watched drugs and money change hands. My boyfriend was furious. This took place in front of our house, in front of our daughter.

As my 11-year-old daughter wrote down the license plate number of the truck on her homework, my boyfriend chased the drug dealer down and held him until the police arrived. We had three witnesses who saw what happened, the police knew both families involved, and the teenager confessed to selling the drugs in front of two witnesses.

The officers were able to find the man in the truck. They had the drug dealer with the money in his pocket. But because the man in the truck no longer had the drugs, they let both of them go with no charges.

Our neighborhood is outraged. It's no wonder the drug problem in our town keeps getting worse. I understand the law is written to protect everyone involved, but what about our right to live in a clean neighborhood?

First, to the drug dealers on my street and the people buying the drugs: We are writing all of your license plate numbers down. I'll even take pictures to report all of you who walk or ride your bikes to buy your drugs. I am not going to stop until you are in jail or move out of our neighborhood.

Second, to the Dallas Police Department: you are going to get tired of us, but we won't stop until something is done.

--Missy Liggett

Dallas

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Illegals' amnesty

not right for U.S.

We, the American taxpayers, are stuck with the cost of illegal aliens because our government does not care what we think, believe or want.

I believe that the "illegals" are not only invading our land, they are being voted into our government - city, county and congress - and it seems they think more of Mexico than they do of America.

How long will it be before there are enough Mexicans who vote, that so many Mexicans will get into office that we will have no Americans in government offices?

This is what is happening now: The House Hispanic Caucus is pushing new illegal alien amnesty. Our opposition didn't wait long to strike again. We knocked down one amnesty bill after another last year. But with the recent success of pro-amnesty presidential candidates, they are emboldened to try again.

The powerful Hispanic Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives appears to be convincing the House Democratic leadership to go along with their deceptive new amnesty measure. Under this bill:

1) Millions of illegal aliens would qualify for five-year amnesties.

2) Employers who have knowingly hired illegal aliens would be given complete immunity from prosecution.

3) The purpose of this new amnesty is to fool the American voter into believing this is a temporary measure.

In fact, the intention of this amnesty is to make illegal aliens undeportable until what they believe will be the second term of a pro-amnesty president.

How long will it take before all of the above will happen?

--Wayne Cooper

Dallas

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Bicyclists spoil

spring for writer

Spring is nigh. The air is clean and fresh, birds sing their love songs, and the first wildflowers blossom exuberantly into glorious color. I love spring.

Spring is nigh. Bicyclists take to the highways, causing traffic to swerve or hammer the brakes to miss them.

Boys zip down the wrong sides of busy streets, ride on sidewalks, ignore stop signs and traffic signals, and cut across in the middle of the block.

"See America on a Bicycle?" Balderdash. When they build highways exclusively for bicycles, that will be when bicyclists have any business traveling around the country.

Worst of all are Saturday bicyclists who swarm country roads. They never ride on the shoulder, even when there is one, because that's where pebbles collect. These weekend peddlers don't carry cameras. They don't stop to look at the scenery. They are all doing one thing and one thing only: keeping their heart rate up.

Consider the logic of what they do. They are utilizing the most efficient and energy-conserving means of land transportation in the world. A multigeared, lightweight bicycle ridden by an athlete is the most energy-efficient way to move a given weight a given distance.

And they do it for exercise. They could get their endorphin fix on an Exercycle and stay off our highways.

If I round a curve in the Cascades and there's a bicyclist ahead of me going 10 mph and a logging truck coming at me, I may have to choose between hitting the logging truck, the bicyclist or driving off a cliff.

Which do you think I'd pick?

You have one guess.

--Charlie Ellsworth

Dallas

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Ex-officer supports

Butterfield for D.A.

On May 20, I'm voting for Stan Butterfield as Polk County District Attorney.

I'm a retired Salem police officer. Because of that fact, I think I have some insight into the criminal justice system.

I know Stan Butterfield personally and professionally. I have seen his leadership in Boy Scouts, church and as an attorney. I like what I see.

Stan's campaign web site headline says "get tough on crime." That means people should be held accountable for their choices. That's a firm, but fair approach to enforcement, which Stan would bring to Polk County government.

--Clay Carlson

Dallas

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Softball fundraiser

warms girls' hearts

We recently held a fundraiser/rummage sale to raise money for our 12U ASA softball team.

Special thanks to LaCreole Middle School staff for helping us out in a crunch. And, thank you to all our citizens who came and to all who graciously donated to our girls.

We experienced the Dallas spirit which made our event a huge success.

We are so proud to be your hometown 12U ASA team and proud to call ourselves the West Valley HERricanes.

--Melissa Dankenbring

Dallas

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Volunteers helping

watershed health

Volunteers ... you gotta love 'em. On a recent sunny Saturday, when most right-minded citizens would be home tending to their own winter-dreary landscapes, some pretty amazing people turned out to enjoy a potting party in my backyard.

There were two college students from Eugene, an OSU faculty member who also does photography for National Geographic, a retiree using a walker because of a recent knee replacement, an underemployed natural resources man, a tree farmer, an editor, an elderly woman, and a couple of "gentleman" farmers.

My neighbors pitched in by loaning us their wheelbarrows to load the special potting soil when the trucks delivered it to the front of the property.

In the yard behind the house, with the sun on their shoulders, working in pairs, they potted more than 1,000 native tree and shrub seedlings.

The plan for the growing plants is to place them in permanent spots of damaged riparian areas of streams in the Luckiamute/Ash Creek watershed.

The volunteers are local members of a nongovernmental group, interested in sustaining the health of the environment.

To learn more, please visit http://luckiamute.watershedcouncils.net.

--Jo Yeager

Independence

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