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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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