For the record, from June 14, 2016
To the editor: Once again, I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to the Oregon Veterans’ Home for yet another smooth transition via a second knee replacement operation from Mid-Columbia Medical Center into the home.
To the editor: I would like to respond to the recent letter to the editor regarding the BLM land management problem, the oil train issue and “Tyrant Trump.”
To the editor: The oil train wreck was not a good thing, but come on people, don’t you think you are carrying it too far? How many trains go through the area every year and how many incidents have there been?
To the editor: There are days here in The Dalles that breathing is a problem for me when I detect the stink of naphthalene concentrations in the air. I am not the only citizen affected.
To the editor: Everybody talks about buying local. Local produce, local dry goods, shop local because that money stays here instead of going elsewhere. The community harvest cooperative grocery (co-op) which has been started here is looking to provide you with locally grown produce as well as other items. When I heard of it I planted more fruit trees so the fruit will go on its shelves and into your home.
To the editor: I found myself greeting friends last night with “glad to still see you.” Crass, yes. But when the shock of a situation of this magnitude is still passing through you…well, some of us try to find the bright side. We’re still alive.
To the editor: My focus has sharpened from three recent events: The Malheur insurrection, the Mosier oil train derailment, and the presidential candidacy of the Tyrant Trump. First, understanding the formation of rules in the code of federal regulations will be helpful. Federal regulations, and state regulations for that matter, are not generated by some unknown and unnamed bureaucrat.
To the editor: Thanks to The Chronicle and Derek Wiley for recently reporting on the Amerities plant and its odors. It’s a complex issue and benefits from fair, calm coverage. I, for one, support the Amerities plant. That is, I support it being the best plant it can be, fitted with the most effective scrubbers and filters money can buy. It should be a facility that we’re proud to host in The Dalles, not one that damages our community’s health, quality of life and civic image.
To the editor: I am writing today to urge more people to become involved with the local effort to establish a food co-op — a community-owned grocery store — in The Dalles.
To the editor: Each year at Dry Hollow we have what we like to call "The Great Dry Hollow Egg Drop.” Our fifth grade students use their engineering skills to create a container that can hold a raw egg and be dropped from three different heights without the egg breaking.
To the editor: The proposed Longview, WA Coal Terminal could bring eight 125 rail cars of dirty, toxic coal through the gorge every day for years. Coal dust is already polluting gorge lands and rivers, do we want more?
To the editor: When I read Steve Kramer’s letter to the editor [5/22/16], I was reminded of part of a quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln, “You can fool all of the people some of the time, and you can fool some of the people all the time...”
To the editor: Thanks to everyone who came out to vote — voting is your opportunity to be heard and critical to our democracy! I also want to thank my hard-working campaign team and generous financial supporters. Another round of thanks to the sign and letter-writing teams as well as the many supporters who displayed signs in their yards. A very special thanks to my wife for her sound advice and steady encouragement.
I want to invite our community to The Dalles Middle School’s performance of The Pirates of Penzance. The play is entertaining and the kids are really enjoying themselves.