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Letter to the editor: Vote for Nichols

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.

Letter to the editor: Season over

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.

Letter to the editor: Good change

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.

Letter to the editor: Not ‘greedy’

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.

Letter to the editor: Good work

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.

Letter to the editor: Bravo for drama

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.

Letter to the editor: Tax differential

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.

Letter to the editor: Brash politics

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."

Letter to the editor: Creative teamwork

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.

Letter to the editor; What is art?

To the editor: While not knowing precisely how to define it, I certainly know it when I see it. Art — true art — creates within us a stirring of emotions. Whether the emotions are positive, negative, or a combination of the two, art without an emotional response is not really art. I want to applaud Ms. Browning and her drama students for bringing art to the stage of The Dalles High School. I witnessed this gift of art while watching the joy expressed by each and every member of the cast as well as the behind-the-scenes tech crew during rehearsals and performances of their spring musical. Joy and laughter and avid motivation? From 'high-schoolers'? Miraculous. Art.

Letter to the editor: Real life

To the editor: This is in response to the letter that Celeste Scott wrote about the musical at The Dalles High School, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” I am a 15-year-old freshman that attends The Dalles High School, and I am also involved with its theater program.

Letter to the editor: Happy meals

Sometimes we approach our jobs, especially the ones we’ve been doing awhile, with a casual ease. When I stood to hear the nomination of Meals on Wheels for Outstanding Community Service Organization it caught me a little off guard, do we really do all that stuff they are listing off? Then I thought, “Wow, we do!”

Letter to the editor: Thank you

To the editor: The board of St. Vincent de Paul Society of The Dalles would like to thank the gorge community for their continued support of our ministry. As you know we had to close the store in July of 2014 because of economics. We leased the store to St. Vinnie’s of Eugene and they did everything to the store that we as a board had hoped to do at some point in time.

Letter to the editor: Great event

To the editor: Last Saturday, the Klindt’s staff had the pleasure of working at the regional Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) tournament, hosted again this year by Jim Tindall at the Dalles Middle School. We were amazed by all the hard working young readers who got up early on a Saturday morning to participate and all the wonderful community volunteers who showed up to make this event happen. The community should be proud of these kids and volunteers. And we are lucky to have Jim Tindall serving as librarian for our school district.

Letter to the editor: Caring monk

To the editor: This past weekend I was fortunate to get a tour of the Trout Lake Abbey with some friends. While I’m not a Buddhist I was looking forward to learning more about the abbey. We were welcomed by Kozen, a monk dressed in a modest brown robe who helped start the Trout Lake Abbey.

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