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Letters to the editor Oct. 4

The following are letters from the Oct. 4 edition of The Sandy Post.

Local attorney went to bat for me

In March I read your article welcoming a new attorney, Karen Thompson, to Sandy. I had been searching for some time for one to take my case for my late husband's death, so I decided to contact Ms. Thompson. Several other attorneys had declined to take the case, saying it would be difficult to win a very large settlement. After one meeting with Ms. Thompson, I felt like I had found my 'junkyard dog' and a friend.

After five months we had an out-of-court settlement, probably not a 'large one,' as the other attorneys would say, but I feel like justice was served on my husband's behalf. That's what I wanted!

My heartfelt thanks to Ms. Thompson and The Sandy Post for their article.

T.J. JERRAD

Sandy

Contributors affect Smith's judgment

In The Sandy Post last week, a writer ponders why Anheuser-Busch has contributed over $4,000 to incumbent Republican Patti Smith's re-election campaign. Anheuser-Busch might be following Philip Morris's example. In two contributions in 2000 and 2002, Philip Morris gave Patti's campaign a total of $1,250. In 2005, House Bill 2048 came to the floor calling for a modest 10-cents-per-pack increase on cigarettes. The extra income was earmarked to provide health care for uninsured Oregonians. Patti voted no.

In 2005, Senate Bill 1049 also came to the floor. It proposes a 10-cent tax on every 12-ounce can of beer. The bill languishes in committee and may never come up for a floor vote. If it does and considering all those contributions from Anheuser- Busch, how do you think Patti will vote??Of course we cannot know how Democrat Suzanne VanOrman, candidate for District 52 state representative, will vote on every issue. I've heard her speak on three occasions and see her as independently minded, but I do know she is not indebted to any beverage corporations.

EDWARD DeVITO

Rhododendron

Where's the important news?

Have you seen any headlines on the front page about having just lost your constitutional right to safety from detention indefinitely without just cause, not to mention allowing torture of detainees? The Military Commissions Act of 2006 recently passed by the House and Senate does just that, if you happen to be a non-citizen residing in the United States.

Oh no, you say! That only applies to 'unlawful enemy combatants.' But 'unlawful enemy combatants' could be interpreted to be anyone giving money to a charity that, unbeknownst to them, has ties to rebel forces in Iraq. Or it could be interpreted as anyone writing a letter to the editor against the current administration's policies and thus supporting the terrorist movement.

Whatever happened to the principles on which this country was founded? What are the troops in Iraq fighting for, if not the basic rights in the Constitution? And now Congress is authorizing the annihilation of those rights.

Why do you have to turn to the editorial page to hear about it? Why aren't the newspapers making this headline news? And more to the point, what are you going to do about it?

LIBBY MEDLEY

Sandy

Thanks for teaming up

Suburban Auto Group would like to thank all the members of the Sandy High School varsity football team for their assistance in moving to our new detail facility. You guys did a great job. We hope you have a great season. Good luck.

JERRY and NANCY JAKSICH

Suburban Auto Group

Vote yes for MHCC bond

Mt. Hood Community College is the only public institution of higher education east of the Willamette River and has been a source of pride and helped with the education of more than 800,000 students. However, our taxpayers must now help MHCC stay strong for the future by voting yes on the bond measure in November as an investment in the facility.

The college is celebrating its 40th birthday this year and has not had a bond to help with maintenance since 1974. Homeowners should realize it is like an old house in need of serious repair. We cannot continue to protect our investment with 'band aid' repairs.

The $58.8 million bond would only cost taxpayers approximately 17 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, or about $34 per year on a $200,000 home. Safety and security designed for 1966 simply isn't good enough for 2006.

Please vote yes and tell your friends and relatives the college we all love needs help in November. For more information on the facts of the bond measure or how you can help, visit our Web site at friendsofmhcc.com. MHCC ensures opportunities for people of the area to change their lives - to stay strong for the future there must be an investment in the facility!

BEVERLY RUSSELL

Mt. Hood Community College Board of Education member

Welches

York's teacher certification questioned

Carol York has just put out a mailer stating that she is a certified teacher. Surely, she cannot mean a certified public school teacher in Oregon. Having taught and been a school counselor in this state for 39 years, I know how the system works.

Certification for public schools is a legal term that gives a person the privilege of teaching in a state. To maintain certification, a candidate must first complete a college education, which includes the requirements of the level and subject for which they intend to teach. Once certified, the person must be currently teaching in an Oregon school and/or continue to take college courses to maintain the certificate. The Teachers' Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) oversees this formal process in Oregon. Carol S. York is not listed as holding a teaching certificate in our state at this time.

Carol's claim to be a certified teacher is outrageously disrespectful to any person who currently holds or formerly held a teaching certificate in our state. Further, it puts in question whether Carol even understands what is required to be a certified teacher in Oregon.

With regard to the picture that accompanies her statement, it shows her with a group of children, holding what looks to be a typical public school textbook in her hand. I would very much like to know where and with whom that picture was taken.

MARCIA BROWN

Boring