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Letter to the Editor: Misrepresented

— To the editor:

On the Oregonian Article,”"The Wolf of The Dalles”

We don’t have a wolf in The Dalles, the whole headline misrepresents the situation.

Apparently we did have an investor that made a fortune in a similar way as the recent movie. The investor made lots of money quickly and a very young age.

I’m sure he may have crossed a line or two doing so, however I’m also sure he had both good and bad advice along the way. Is he any worse than J.P. Morgan Bank who just paid over $13 billion to cover wrongs they did?

This being said I think it’s wonderful that a sharp investor and stock market trader who after closing his business could see real value in investing in The Dalles, COPA, James Martin and the wine and vineyard industry here.

James Martin is a real asset for the area, he found an opportunity to do something special for the wine industry and marketing. He chose to stay here in his home town and do good for the community. Hooray for him.

I am sorry for the “ramshackle” comment about The Dalles in the Oregonian story. We are trying on several fronts, COPA on one end and Micheal Leash and his “Raposa” Granada block renovation on the other. We have a few other risk taking entrepreneurs that push the planning department to allow creative investments that promote growth, economic development, and restore Wasco County as a great place to live, work and raise families. They enrich us all with the jobs they bring. Instead of throwing rocks at these risk takers we should do all we can to support them. I don’t envy their success... I just wish I was one of them. Let’s all roll up our sleeves and join them in making a positive difference for The Dalles.

Jack Hay

The Dalles

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