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Letters to the Editor for Aug. 17

Community needs to maintain services

Currently a host of social services are being run out of the old Tualatin Elementary School (Specifically, the Caring Closet, Tualatin Food Pantry, and Tualatin Resource Center). In the next few months these service providers will need to find a new home. I feel strongly that we as a community should do all we can to relocate these organization, here in Tualatin, and under a single roof.

While Tualatin has had the benefit of becoming more affluent over the years, we should not be ignorant to the fact that there are hard-working families who still struggle to get by. The growing cost of living and reduction in social services funding at the state and county level continue be a challenge.

Social services are a communitywide issue that we all should have ownership in. It is as important as any form of municipal infrastructure or capital project. It deserves the full attention of our elected officials and our compassion as a community.

Having grown up in Tualatin, I have witnessed firsthand the power of civic involvement. As a city councilor for the past seven years, I continue to be amazed by our citizens' spirit of volunteerism. We have a reputation as a community as engaged and motivated, willing to tackle difficult issues that impact us all. We need to live up to this motivation, now more than ever.

Please take the time to educate yourself about the wonderful work that has taken place at the old Tualatin Elementary. I think you will find that there is a definite need to make sure that these service providers maintain a home in Tualatin.

Individuals like Linda Molholt and Rev. Wes Taylor have done amazing things with relatively little in the way of financial resources. Their efforts, and the many other volunteers, should be commended and added to.

Above all, finding a home for these social services is a communitywide issue that demands a communitywide solution.

CHRISTOPHER BERGSTROM

Tualatin City Councilor

Activists apologize for chalk message

Dear Fair Board and Washington County Commissioners,

Let us express our deepest regret over an incident that occurred on the eve of the Washington County Fair.

We are responsible for the 'Save our Fairgrounds, Fire the Fair Board' message written in sidewalk chalk on the pedestrian knee wall at the corner of 25th and Cornell.

Since sidewalk chalk requires no special clean up and washes off in the rain, it seemed to be an acceptable medium in which to voice our discontent.

We are sorry that you mistook the sidewalk chalk for spray paint and felt the need to file a police report. (For future reference, sidewalk chalk smudges when rubbed and spray paint does not.)

The police did contact us. Once the whole sidewalk chalk/spray-paint muddle was explained, we were thanked for our honesty, and the file was closed.

Again, we are sorry. We certainly did not view the 'Save the Fairgrounds, Fire the Fair Board' message as overly inflammatory and did not mean to intimidate you into canceling the public hearing.

We also feel just awful that rumors of this incident have gotten so out of hand.

We hope you will do the proper thing and correct any misinformation that you might hear, especially if others who were not involved in this minor incident are unfairly maligned.

With deep regrets,

LINDA MOKLER

JUDI PALUMBO

Tualatin center a great attraction

Thanks to donors and taxpayers alike, over 2,000 visitors of all ages have enjoyed Tualatin Heritage Center since its grand opening just six months ago. Nearly half the guests come from out of town.

This unique public/private partnership to preserve the historic Methodist church and move it to city parkland just west of the police department has seen activities ranging from early morning bird walks led by the Wetlands Conservancy to public forums like the one which will be held Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. on the dwindling world oil supply and its impact on suburbia.

Rotating displays on early Tualatin history are balanced by popular hands-on Mad Science demonstrations for children.

If you haven't seen what's happening at Tualatin's own tourist attraction, we're open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and evenings/weekends for special events.

LARRY MCCLURE

Director, Tualatin Heritage Center

We must win the war on terrorism

Why is it so hard for so many Americans to understand that we are engaged in a worldwide war on terrorism? That's what the war in Afghanistan was about, and that is what the war in Iraq is about, and that's what the battle between Israel and Hezbollah is about.

If the 'good guys' (those who understand, despise and want to defeat terrorism) don't win this war, then terror will reign. The big problem is the fact that terrorists do not value life - not ours and not theirs. This enemy uses its own children as human bombs. Furthermore, I have yet to see a terrorist sit down to 'negotiate!' How do you defeat such an enemy? I only see one way to victory and that is to destroy them all.

Tony Blair recently said, 'My point is that this war … can only be won by showing that our values are stronger, better and more just, more fair than the alternative.' He went on to say, 'That is why I say this struggle is one about values. Our values are worth struggling for. They represent humanity's progress throughout the ages, and at each point we have had to fight for them and defend them. As a new age beckons, it is time to fight for them again.'

Mr. Blair is correct. The values of a terrorist are hardly the values of the majority of American people or the people of Israel, or the people of many countries. This enemy, terrorism, must be defeated, and I wonder how long it will take and what the cost will be.

BEVERLY ANN SHARPF

Tualatin