To the editor: Overlooking the bluff, near the community college in The Dalles, is a beautiful pine tree, majestically lit up with Christmas light. As a young lad, I remember looking for it every year and it’s still here today as a symbol of Christmas Joy.
To the editor: To those persons interested in The Common Core State Education Standards now being implemented in our U.S. Educational System:
To the editor: I would like to take this opportunity to thank Andy Nichols and his team Rachel, Britney, Fred and Charlene for the beautiful blown glass Christmas tree (Darcy’s Tree) that they donated to the Festival of Trees. They started working on it in May.
To the editor: I'm so deeply disappointed with my country. In this holiday season with “Peace on Earth” and “Joy to the World” is just so hilariously hippocritical in regards to our murderous behavior.
To the editor: Kudos to Dave Griffith for choosing to close on Sundays. This will allow his employees to have an extra day to spend with their families.
To the editor: It was Christmas, 1945. WWII was over and my dad, Benjamin E. Veatch was a Marine aboard a ship docked in Shanghai harbor, China. He and fellow Marines were longing for home after serving their country. Dad was eager to get back to his young family in Mosier, Oregon.
To the editor: A very belated, nevertheless majorly huge thank you to Captain Ed Goodman, of The Dalles police, nameless passersby, two PUD young gentlemen who helped tremendously and took our dog to the vet while we were in the ER at MCMC, to the EMTs and all those others who helped when our vehicle went over the bank on Interstate 84.
To the editor: I simply want to take a moment and express my thanks and gratitude for the wonderful decorations that many of the businesses in the downtown put up this year.
To the editor: I attended last week’s Board of Education work session on the college budget. The meeting was not really a work session but rather an opportunity for the administration to gloss over the issues and placate the board with promises of budget balancing plans to be generated with the executive leadership team.
To the editor: As a nation, we are witnessing rebellion against authority using the excuse of racial issues causing it. In both cases, all that needed to happen was submission to police authority at the time. In the first case, a 290-pound, 18-year-old rebel robbed a store (probably not the first incident for him since he felt confident in himself) and he proceeded to assault a police officer and went for his gun.
To the editor: My wife recently wrote some feelings she had for this time of year and I concur: “Christmas can be a time of Joy! Hope can grow if you believe it can. The choice is ours to believe and receive the greatest gift ever given to man.
To the editor: I share the surprise of Andretta Schellinger that the Chronicle, such a friend of our veterans, made no mention of the 73rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor. But I must gently correct the author of the wonderful history of military airplane nose art (From Knights to Skulls: The Cultural Evolution of Nose Artwork) when she writes “The attack on Dec. 7, 1941. was not only the largest single loss of life that the United States military suffered but also the start of the largest war in the modern era.”
To the editor: On this 60th Anniversary year of the Christmas Ships on the Columbia and Willamette rivers, there will be a new color on the mast of one ship: PINK. Owners, Chris and Denise Bouchers have outfitted their sailboat with the logo of the local non profit, PINK SISTAS.
To the editor: I had cataract surgery at the VA (Veterans Administration) in Portland. I needed a one week follow-up appointments.
To the editor: Being that Today, Dec. 7, 2014, is the 73rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor, AND August was the 75th Anniversary of the start of World War II, I am shocked and honestly dismayed that with how many veterans we have in The Dalles there wasn’t specials in the newspapers.