To the editor: On April 19, 2015, our family lost everything in a fire. As we approached the anniversary of that horrible day, we thought it would be a good time to let all those concerned know that we are doing well. And to thank all those wonderful people that were so helpful on that day and the months that followed.
To the editor: Rodger Nichols understands that Wasco County IS NOT Portland, nor is it Hood River. Wasco County is a rural, Eastern Oregon county with traditional American values that have, and continue to be, the strength of our communities.
To the editor: Now that the sun is shining, many homeowners will be digging into do-it-yourself projects.
To the editor: As neighborhoods in Portland contend with airborne toxins from Daimler Trucks North America and Bullseye Glass, it becomes apparent that getting the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to fulfill its role as an environmental regulator requires the organized action of concerned citizens and local government.
To the editor: There is an interesting dynamic about to emerge in the 2016 Presidential race: The Libertarian presidential candidacy of former Republican New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. He just polled nationally at 11 percent in a Monmouth University poll
To the editor: I have known and worked with Steve Kramer for the past seven years. First, during his tenure as manager of Mel’s Sanitary Service, and following that, during his past four years in the Wasco County Commissioner’s office.
To the editor: I would like to recommend candidate Rodger Nichols for the position of Wasco County commissioner in the May primary election. Roger has many years of experience attending and reporting on the public meetings in the Gorge, Wasco County, City of The Dalles and many other entities.
To the editor: The Dalles HOPE Warming Place officially closed its doors for the 2015-16 season after being open 65 nights and serving a total of 1,044 guests (this reflects repeat guests). This service would not exist without the commitment of 64 dedicated volunteers. There are several businesses in our community that welcomed our request to post volunteer information. We are grateful to the people at Griffith Motors, Optimist Printers and the Granada Community Reader Board for posting our plea for volunteers. In addition, CenterPointe Bank faithfully posts daily whether the Warming Place is open or closed throughout the season.
To the editor: Kudos to the person that complained about restaurant sewer rates and to The Dalles City Council for listening and addressing the problem.
To the editor: I have to disagree with Mr. Avery’s letter suggesting promoters of dispersal of government land are playing a con game and misleading ranchers into thinking they will personally benefit.
To the editor: In your recent Opinion piece, “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down” (which by the way is a great addition), it was mentioned Wasco County had been awarded a federal forest access road grant.
To the editor: I had the pleasure of attending the TDHS performance of “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” this weekend and it was a true delight. I volunteered as an audience member speller which allowed me to go on stage and see up close the talent of the cast. Every single one of the actors was poised and stayed in character even while they interacted with us audience volunteers. Their ability to embody their character made me believe that caterjunes was a real word and that “Life is Pandemonium!” Also, kudos to those actors with limited stage time who engaged with audience members at intermission and kept us focused on the standings of the Bee contestants.
To the editor: I was sent the fact sheet shared with The Dalles Area Chamber Economic Development Committee last Friday. It compares the costs and benefits to the community between the Tony’s building that the city purchased for a downtown housing project versus the Granada block development. We have all heard about the hotel development; however, we have never looked at what it can produce in terms of incremental benefits to our community.
What explains the success of Donald Trump's brash approach to politics? Many psychologists believe it is due to a phenomenon called authoritarianism. Defining features of authoritarian personality, according to Theodor Adorno's 1955 book, include: A heavy emphasis on submission to authority figures; rigid support for conventional views on culture and morality; aggressive hostility toward outsiders, dissidents and non-conformists; yearning for an all-powerful leader; and disdain for "creative or dangerous ideas."
To the editor: I have had the pleasure of being part of the creative team working with The Dalles High School Drama Department's production of, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." The show is a funny, sweet look at the trials and tribulations of adolescence. Our director, Lowry Browning, and our musical director, Shawn Lutz, along with the cast and crew, have put together a terrific show.