To the editor: I have lived here in The Dalles most of my life. I really enjoy the climate and the people. What I don’t like is the cost of living here. It seems odd that my water and sewer minimum is over $100. My brother lives in Central Point and his bill for the same service is $42.50. We must be the highest in the state. I have seen many people I know retire and move to a more affordable place to live. Which means the local money paid into their retirement is spent in another community, not in The Dalles.
To the editor: It is unfortunate that there is such a broad misunderstanding of conflict of interest, and such a lack of understanding about the functions and responsibilities of county government, that these issues can be manipulated for use as campaign propaganda.
To the editor: A vote for Carolyn Wood is a vote for intelligence, integrity and independence. Carolyn has worked hard for our community and is willing to continue working for us. At this time there are individuals who have made this a single-issue race and accused her of being solely responsible for our current water/sewer rates even though it would be impossible for a single member of council to do that.
MEDFORD — In their sixth and final debate, Republican gubernatorial challenger state Rep. Dennis Richardson tried to turn up the heat on Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber, repeatedly using the word "corruption" in connection with a consulting business operated by Kitzhaber's fiancee.
To the editor: Re-elect a really creative and dedicated Wasco County commissioner. With eyes focused on the future, Rod Runyon has made memorandums more easily available through the county website.
To the editor: There is something wrong within our city government. Rather than progress and improvement, we seem to be steadily falling apart. What little construction growth there may be is consistently thwarted by excessive fees and inconsistent demands, which cause citizens to put projects on hold until something more sensible makes progress possible. Water and sewer rates are completely out of hand. Residential rates for water and sewer in Hermiston is $39.13. Ours is nearly triple at $104.72 per month.
To the editor: It astounds me that people will write letters to criticize others when it is obvious they have not checked the facts! Mr. George Clark did this!
To the editor: My wife and I moved to The Dalles just over a year ago from a small town in Washington where we had lived for over 25 years.
To the editor: I would like to urge people to vote to retain Karen Ostrye as Circuit Court Judge in the upcoming election.
To the editor: During the 10 years I served on the Wasco County Court/Board of Commissioners I did not meet with my fellow commissioners outside regularly scheduled meetings nor did I travel throughout the county with either of them.
To the editor: Rod Runyon was a supporter of veterans long before it was “popular.”
To the editor: Picture the following scenario: District Attorney, Eric Nisley, a state employee, prepares an annual budget for his county department and county employees.
Candidate forum Community members are invited to mark their calendar for Tuesday, Oct. 21 and attend a candidate’s forum sponsored by The Dalles Chamber of Commerce and Wasco County Farm Bureau. The forum begins with a meet-and-greet at 5:30 p.m., political discussion from 6 to 9 p.m. Location is the third floor of Building 2, Columbia Gorge Community College campus. Participants will include candidates from city and county races and information on state ballot issues.
To the editor: Considering the continuing large increases in the city budget year after year that is way out of control and most of the tax payers and rate payers cannot afford especially with this economy.
To the editor: No more Baileys in county government! One is enough — the district attorney.