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Letter to the editor: Emperor Obama?

To the editor: Once again President Obama has shown his disregard for American law by getting involved in an investigation of a black man’s shooting by a police officer. His prior intervention in the Trayvon Martin shooting was unprecedented and incredulous.

Letter to the editor: Thanks, car club

To the editor: Thanks to the Car Club for a great show in Sorosis Park Saturday Aug. 9, and thanks to The Dalles Lions Club (who had a booth there serving great food) for treating a group of Arizona Hotshots to lunch after they rested in the shade of Sorosis Park following their three harrowing nights fighting our fires. The Dalles rocks!

Letter to the editor: Thanks, firemen

To all firemen: I would like to thank you for saving the Rockwell family house and property. I would also like to thank you for all the hard work you do to put yourself in danger to save others in danger. If it weren’t for you firemen, my family house would not be here. So because of you firemen I am safe, my family is safe and my home is safe. So once again I want to thank you for the hard work you do.

Letter to the editor: Thanks, neighbors

To the editor: To the farmers, neighbors and fire crews who put out the fire in our wheat field on Fivemile Road this past July 4, we feel extremely fortunate that you were willing to make such great efforts to help save our crop.

Letter to the editor: Work together

To the editor: (Edited for length.) Congressman Greg Walden’s letter of May 23 states “I will always fight for the truth.“ In the July 9 article on Walden’s visit to Dufur, Raelyn Ricarte wrote: “He was chastised by Dixie Schanno for not doing enough to address immigration issues.” Walden told the crowd, “Obama had called House Speaker John Boehner to inform him that Democrats would not consider immigration reform prior to the November election.” Not true. I don’t know what planet the congressman has been on, but the US Senate passed the Immigration bill S-744 on June 27, 2013 with a vote of 68-32.

Letter to the editor: Career politician

To the editor: At the July 17 Goldendale Chamber of Commerce candidate meet and greet, Commissioner David Sauter stated that among his most important accomplishments of the last eight years is the successful marketing and contract renewals for the Roosevelt Regional Landfill.

Letter to the editor: On the ballot

To the editor: As many of your readers know, this is the first contested judicial election for the third position in the seventh judicial district in a generation.

Letter to the editor: Divine judgment?

To the editor: I just finished reading a book written by a man who documented negative things we as a nation did to Israel. Every time we were negative, we had a bad weather issue: Katrina and Superstorm Sandy are only two of many. This makes me wonder about the million-plus acres of fires we are experiencing after we are rejoicing over pot issues and same-sex marriages.

Letter to the editor: Pondering questions

To the editor: I have been pondering a lot of questions. How can wolves be endangered when there are at least tens of thousands in existence? They’re not in my backyard (yet) so does that mean they’re endangered? Why would wolves maim so many sheep in the process of killing what they need to eat and what does wolf taste like anyway?

Letter to the editor: More to follow?

John Babikian, foreign partner of James Martin, The Dalles wine-in-a-glass guy, settled out-of-court this month for $3,730,000 with the SEC (Securities & Exchange Commission). The Martin/Babikian partnership operated from the city-owned Sunshine Mill property, at 901 E. 2nd Street, The Dalles, property Martin has the option to buy once his substantial city loans are repaid.

Letter to the editor: Thanks, fest folk

To the editor: As the Coordinator for The Dalles Main Street Program, I wanted to express my gratitude and appreciation for all the support we received for the Jammin’ July Street Fest earlier this month. It is incredible when an event such as this comes together through the hard work of many volunteers and support from local businesses, organizations, and individuals. Thank you very much!

Letter to the editor: Where did the money go?

To the editor: So, the city has been charging extremely high fees for our water and sewer, all the while stating, for almost 40 years, that the reason rates have been raised continuously over that time, is due to the need for upgrading the system, then placing the increases into the general fund, to use for other purposes.

Letter to the editor: What’s happened?

To the editor: What is happening to our state and nation? Forest fires so terrible and why? Well, we have not taken care of our resources. We had to protect the spotted owl, we couldn’t cut down our trees. We lost most of our lumber mills. Can’t have clear cuts, can’t even clear out the diseased trees.

Letter to editor: Mothball Wicks?

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.

Letter to the Editor: Sign solution

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.

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