Letters to the Editors

Letter to the Editor: Arming teachers OK

To the editor: While I agree with Ron Wyden that it was a slaughter at the high school in Florida on Feb. 15, I disagree that arming teachers would be a mistake. I think that any adults (teachers, janitors, principals, superintendents, and maintenance people) at a school who want to do so should have a background check and careful training.

March 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Experiment for Trump

To the editor: Regarding President Trump’s recent proposal to arm teachers as the first line of defense against armed shooters in schools… My first reaction was that this is by far the worst idea from a presidency filled with amazingly bad ideas. But my second reaction was that, as a lifelong science teacher, I should keep an open mind. Why not put my science background to the task of deciding if this idea could work?

February 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Horrified by headline

To the editor: “Horrified” is the only word to describe my reaction to the Chronicle headline “TD finds BB gun ‘no threat.’” Reading the text only worsened my horror. As the victim of a BB shot that nearly destroyed my eye when I was 9 or 10 years old, I think my reaction is understandable.

February 24, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Here we go again...

I should feel sad, heartbroken after another mass shooting. Instead I am furious! Here we go again. Officials send their “thoughts and prayers.” After a week or so the news dies down and we just do NOTHING about it.

February 24, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Who Walden serves

To the editor: Fellow District 2 constituents: I’d like to offer a summary of our Rep. Walden’s voting record. You can check it out for yourself at votesmart.org, a non-partisan summary of all politicians’ voting records.

February 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Help honor grandpa

To the editor: Secret Birthday Surprise: Jim Kiefert will be 80! He was Superintendent of Chenowith School District 9 and retired in 2001. My grandpa is one of the most influential, inspiring, kind, compassionate, uplifting, magnificent people I know. And I know you all feel the same way as well.

February 13, 2018 1:44 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Lifestyle effects

To the editor: I commend the Chronicle for a thoughtful, compassionate opinion piece on the topic of homelessness in Sunday’s issue. While I understand (but don’t agree with) the motivations of local politicians and merchants to make downtown The Dalles less inclusive to people without homes, I don’t believe it to be right or just to simply hide the homeless population from public view.

February 8, 2018 1:41 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: True leadership

To the editor: So many good people in our area; they give their time and skills to organizations, clubs, churches; Their way of showing love for their fellow citizens, but what do they get in return? The return on the investment does not always have a good outcome.

February 8, 2018 1:38 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: No insurance

To the editor: As a local insurance agent, I am frustrated at the amount of claims I have filed for my clients that have been hit by people driving with no insurance and in many cases, no license. It baffles me how the local laws work.

February 8, 2018 1:37 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Oppose wall funding

To the editor: I strongly urge Congressman Walden and Senators Wyden and Merkley to oppose funding of the GOP’s proposed border wall in the upcoming budget negotiations. The wall will create environmental devastation in the Southwest deserts, at an enormous financial cost to this country and with little indication that it will substantially reduce illegal immigration.

February 6, 2018 1:24 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Saving lives

To the editor: Why do people turn to fundraisers and GoFundMe accounts when disaster hits and they are faced with a sudden healthcare crisis? Has it happened to you? Now is the time, Greg Walden, to look at health care for all as a comprehensive, equitable, publicly funded and high-quality system to serve everyone, men women and children.

February 3, 2018 11:37 a.m. read more..


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