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Mayor looks forward to new library

Multnomah County voters, in the Nov. 7 election, have once again passed a library levy. This time the levy language specifically makes provision to provide funds to operate planned branches in the underserved neighborhoods of North Portland and East County (read Troutdale). For that we can thank Diane McKeel, Rob Brading and Mark Garber, who are the East County representatives on the Library Advisory Board. Also, it has been my pleasure to have served on the Community Library Strategic Planning Committee.

We all look forward the siting process for this new cultural addition to our beautiful little city.

PAUL THALHOFER

Troutdale mayor

Government's billions are the revolving door of money

The President has proposed the lowest increase in pay for federal employees in 18 years. We understand there is a war being waged and billions of dollars are being spent in Iraq, but where does the money eventually end up?

Are the billions if not trillions of dollars being spent on Iraq going to Iraqis or does it revolve right back into the hands of the U.S. Treasury? Most money people receive is to pay the wolves off at the front door immediately upon receipt.

Americans complain about money endlessly but the U.S. government always has billions to spend. It can only be assumed this money is laundered right back into their hands to spend again and again. It is the 'revolving door' of money.

Government money is more about getting people to act than to actually save it, which Americans are not. So when we balk about the billions of dollars being spent, let's remember, it winds up right back in the treasury in a matter of days if not minutes. Where else would it go? It is the ecosystem of the U.S. dollar.

MIKE P. BRINK

Gresham

Heartfelt thanks to Albertsons for service, friendship

We get caught up in our everyday activities and tend to shut our eyes to the things that are happening immediately in front of us.

Lately in East County the papers have been so focused on the pros and cons of the new Powell Boulevard improvements, the constant Wal-Mart bickering and, recently, all the political banter that noone can escape, that other apparently less important items go by the wayside.

Last month, I was informed that an old friend was leaving the community. A friend who has impacted the lives and created bonds for so many since 1960. I am referring to the Albertsons store on Southeast 174th and Powell Boulevard. No doubt many remember when Albertsons was on Southeast 174th and Division and eventually because of the growth of our community it moved to its current location.

I remember it well, as when I was 9 years old, I won a bag of marbles from Rusty Nails for a coloring contest at the grand opening. This was quite the event as it was really our first major grocery store in the immediate area.

The store has grown with the community. Many of its employees have gone to local schools and many of their children have worked for the Albertsons group. Though I have known about its closure for a while, as I walked through many of the vacant aisles today, the loss of this old friend and employees who have become so dear to my heart struck me deep.

Over these many years, we have pretty much become family - employees and customers. One would be surprised at how much of a bond has been developed between us. Many of us have seen each other's kids grow into adults.

Albertsons and their employees have been a good and valuable friend, and I'm sure that I will not be the only one who will miss its positive impact in the neighbor hood. Don't let it be said that your going won't be missed on a daily basis, and we wish all of you the best in your future endeavors.

STAN CIOETA

Portland