Theft of solar lantern offers bad karma potential

To the editor:

To the person or persons who took my solar lantern from the hook at the front of my Liberty Street home, I posted a sign that reads: "Think Karma! Return my solar lantern."

I am not angry, just sad and disappointed. You don't take a $15 item from someone's yard because your kids are hungry or the bills need paid, you just do it because you can. I have lived here 42 years and nothing has been taken from my property until now. Liberty Street is great for walking dogs, riding bikes and jogging.

There is a lot of foot traffic and people are friendly and respectful for the most part. No one has the right to take property that belongs to someone else. It's called honesty and self-respect. Just put the lantern back on the hook.

Vickie Beiser


Council choosing to bury its head in regards to marijuana

To the editor:

After reading "Council tightens restrictions on marijuana dispensaries" ( April 30,2014 ) It seems as though Canby has chose to bury its head right under that line.

The action seems based on ignorance and not facts and leaves me with so many questions – first, do they think this will help to keep drugs out of Canby? No, it merely keeps drug dealers in business.

Second, must we continue to go to Portland and Salem for everything? Wouldn't the community as a whole be better off spending its money here?

Not to mention the tax revenue that this could bring.

Mayor Brian Hodson says that there are 150 medical marijuana patients in Canby, so how many alcoholics? How many pill addicts? Not the ones who buy pills illegal, but the ones who have an actual doctor’s prescription.

But no one wants to attack our grocery and liquor stores for selling a far more dangerous drug, or the many pharmacies in Canby. But I guess that stuff is OK because, hey, it's legal, right?

The point is this — legalization is coming and the younger, more educated generation is of voting age and becoming of voting age. Politicians who won't get on board with actual science will quickly find themselves and their archaic laws voted out.

Brandy Cauley


Library a ‘treasure’ for family to discover

To the editor:

My family and I find our Canby Public Library a wonderful resource and treasure for ourselves and our grandkids. We use it often for books, videos, story time, educational programs and the list goes on. We’re excited about plans for a much needed new library and civic building and the opportunity to consolidate most city operations. This is a win-win situation and we support your “yes” vote on Ballot Measure 3-436.

Representative Bill and Cherie Kennemer


North Marion tax levy will help on many levels

To the editor:

In over two decades of serving as a member of the North Marion School Board, many things have changed while one thing has not — we still have the responsibility of providing the best education possible to all the children living in the North Marion School District.

Our expenses have continued to increase and reduced state school funding has not always kept pace with these increasing costs.

Supporting this local option levy will bring additional money to supplement our operating budget, enhance educational programs with much-needed instructional programs, restore lost or reduced teaching positions, and build new programs and work on delayed maintenance projects.

When this local option levy is approved, North Marion School District will receive a state equalization grant of about $300,000 to add to the levy proceeds.

This is free, non-tax money.

I urge you to support this local option levy with your vote for all the children in the North Marion community.

Kathleen Lewis


North Marion school levy helps with the future

To the editor:

Quality education for our children is a partnership, one that should exist between students, teachers, staff, administrators and families of our community. As graduates of North Marion and parents of two school age children, we believe in this partnership, and will vote ‘yes’ on the upcoming four-year local option levy.

We know that no school or teacher is perfect – as a regular volunteer, we see the district’s strengths and weaknesses close-up – but our school board and district have done a good job for our children, many others, and us.

Yes, times are tough. Yes, sacrifices will have to be made. And yes, our children are worth it. Please vote “yes” on the North Marion operating levy for our children, our community and our future.

Ryan and Julie Fowler


Vote for North Marion levy is a vote for future

To the editor:

The vote issue this May is more than voting “yes.”

We are considering the future of our country. There are many tragedies in our society these days and we ask – how can one person do anything about them?

We must remember we cannot solve international, national, or maybe , even state situations, but we must be the very best citizen we know how in our local life. We are in control of that.

How is that possible? Today we must support what is needed for our local schools. We are responsible for the future by supporting whatever is needed for our young people – who are the future.

I have great grandchildren – this isn’t anything new in my life. I vote in every election as I sincerely believe that every vote counts – if not in the literal sense but the fact that I have accepted my rights as a free citizen

Please cast your “yes” ballot in May for our local young citizens .

Ann M. Barrie


Paper’s editorial a good reminder of forgiveness

To the editor:

Kudos to the Canby Herald and its recent editorial supporting the ballot measure on the proposed library-civic building.

What’s most important about that editorial is that it brings into sharp focus that sometimes, despite personal hurt and political silliness, we have to be able to look past things like that to the big picture.

Members of the city council and mayor acted in poor faith and hurt a long list of people in denying the Second Avenue project, but as pointed out, they didn’t give up on the idea of Canby and a new library.

Now, they have created a plan that will provide that new library and help out with the need to consolidate services within the city.

But as we fill out our ballots heading toward the May 20 deadline, it’s important to reflect on the importance of a city and its citizens moving on and seeing what the future might hold.

The Herald’s editorial succinctly hit on the major points — it’s time to move on and time to decide if this community is ready for a library.

I am. How about you?

Sherry Mandel


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