Letters to the Editors

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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.

Letter to Editor: Excellent care

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.

Letter to the editor: Unanswered

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.

Letter to the editor: Good neighbor

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.

Letter to the editor: Cheaper then bottled water

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.

Letter to the editor: A big waste

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.

Letter to the editor: Insult to tribes

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.

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