To the editor: This is an open letter to our mayor and city council. I would like to see a feasibility study on the cost-benefit of mothballing Wicks Reservoir water treatment plant. I think the savings would be substantial. At present, our town isn’t using more than 6.5 million gallons per day, even during our driest, hottest days. That is why revenue projections aren’t being met, thus the yearly increases in our water rates.
To the editor: I wrote this a year ago and it’s time to print it. The Dalles is the only town I have ever heard of that doesn’t want to allow yard sale signs. I think their rules are too anal. Some have said people who don’t pick up their signs after their sale should be fined. Why do we pay city employees to pick up signs during people’s sales, when they could pick them up afterward and issue a citation? That would generate money for the city.
To the editor: I have lived in the Columbia River Gorgeous for almost five decades now. From the beginning I have been impressed with the quality of the medical personnel here. God has truly blessed this community with people who have an excellent vision of what needs to be done for our citizens to provide the best health care possible. With very few exceptions I have found these people to be professional, knowledgeable and compassionate.
To the editor: I have been a plumber in this community for over 50 years. I know we need to have good sewer and water systems and keep rates affordable for business and our citizens, particularly those on fixed incomes. In the recent Chronicle article, our city manager admitted that our water and sewer rates are “some of the highest in Oregon.” He failed to mention that these already high rates are scheduled to go even higher and higher over the next several years.
To the editor: Thanks to my daughters, Dee Hill, Donna Smith and Loretta Commander this 94-year-old lady got to spend the night with my sister-in-law Donna Davis at the new Fairfield Inn.
To the editor: I offer a different comparison from your “Rates…” article. Just for illustration, I chose The Dalles, $0.00526 per gallon for the first 10,000 gallons. The next best price alternative is to purchase water from a grocery at $0.432 per pint or $3.42 per gallon.
To the editor: In response to the “Where’s the Pride?” letter to the editor printed Tuesday, July 22, I would like to point out that keeping lawns lush and green throughout the summer season requires massive amounts of water — especially when it is as hot and dry outside as it has been. It is completely understandable that many folks are choosing to conserve water rather than to boast lush lawns nowadays, both for the sake of their pocketbooks and the environment.
To the editor: As an addict of early American history and author of historical western novels, I’ve been researching past culture and lifestyles of the local Native American tribes and clans. This led me to the Wish-Ham Tribal cemetery near Dallesport. Photographing some of the remarkably beautiful headstones, I was also perplexed by a large concrete slab fronting the westerly portion of the property.
To the editor: What happened to The Dalles’ sense of pride? We are selling our parents’ home on East 11th Street. Even though it is for sale, we still water and mow the yard. With the extreme hot weather it is difficult, but not impossible. It only takes a small amount of time to weed and water.
To the editor: Wake up people! If you have a large dog in your neighborhood eating your household cats and killing or injuring your dog, you would have the animal removed.
To the editor: The first annual community worship service/free barbeque held at Sorosis Park as part of the Ft. Dalles Days activities exceeded my expectations. I had hoped for an attendance of 200, but was amazed that over 300 attended both activities.
To the editor: The Chronicle reprinted a typical editorial cartoon illustrating the popular media bias against firearms. The cartoon, using an extremely over simplified view of statistics, followed the agenda so popular with those oft-labeled “Liberals.”
To the editor: I’m mystified by Roz Luther’s letter of July 10 concerning the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby. She describes it as “another chink in the armor of contraceptive opportunities…” Huh?
To the editor: On behalf of all the families we have cared for and those who will come into our care in the future, we want to thank Maggie and Johna at Columbia Gorge Insurance for all the hard work they exerted last Friday on behalf of Providence Hospice of the Gorge Children’s Grief Groups.
To the editor: (Edited for length.) About a year ago I decided I wouldn’t write to The Chronicle because, even though several citizens expressed agreement with my views, nothing changed at City Hall. Our leaders continue to be incapable of sorting out which projects are absolutely necessary from those that are truly needed but not absolutely necessary and those which simply would be nice.
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