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Tax hike would hurt those on fixed incomes

I consider myself one of the lucky ones. I'm 86 years old and have been retired since 1991. I worked hard from 1946, after serving in World War II, until I retired. Fortunately during that time I was never unemployed.

I'm very proud that I am able to live on my modest income, which consist primarily of Social Security and a very small pension. Failure of Congress to act on changing the Bush tax cuts that will expire on Dec. 31, 2012 can certainly change that instantly.

I am presently able to afford my rent and bills but I certainly have not been doing many of the things I previously did. A tax hike at this time would mean another severe strain on my very tight budget. I definitely want our representatives in Congress to think about people like me (and there are a lot of us), when they are asked to hold my budget hostage to tax cuts for the super rich.

I have worked hard all my life and I do vote.

Paul Scandlyn

Forest Grove

The Kringles say 'thanks' to Cornelius

Both Mrs. Claus and I would like to take a moment from our busy pre-Christmas rush to thank the wonderful citizens of Cornelius for such a great holiday tree lighting event on Friday evening. 

The children were so wonderful and very patient in waiting to see both Mrs. Claus and myself. 

Despite the rain, wind and cold, about 200 people enjoyed an evening filled with caroling, hot chocolate and topped off with the lighting of the colorful holiday tree.

The caroling was done by a great bunch of children including the children’s choirs from Neil Armstrong Middle School under the direction of Dot VanDyke, children from St. Anthony and St. Alexander Church and the Emanuel Lutheran Preschool Choir. 

Mrs. Claus and I checked after we returned to the North Pole and found that all the children were found to be on the “good list.”  

A very big thank you goes to the Cornelius Boosters, Mayor Jef Dalin, City Manager Rob Drake, the Cornelius Police Department for the traffic control, the Cornelius Fire Department for the transportation to and from the event and to Public Works Director Mark Crowell and his great crew for all their hard work in getting everything ready at the park for the evening’s entertainment. 

Santa Claus

North Pole

'Shop with a cop' program a team effort

With the Christmas holiday fast approaching, we at the Cornelius Police Department are proud to announce our annual “Shop with a Cop” program. With the help of police department officers and staff, the Forest Grove Police Department and a terrific partnership with Fred Meyer, our program is scheduled for 10 a.m. Dec. 13.

With the generous donation from our local Fred Meyer store, we will be increasing the number of children from 25 (in the past two years) to 30 this year.

I can’t begin to show my appreciation and gratitude for the support and help I receive in organizing this event. That help makes it the successful event it has become and brings a great happiness to those children who otherwise might not have such a good Christmas.

Lt. Brad Schmid

Cornelius Police Department

Send undocumented visitors back to Canada

I write to share my concern about certain undocumented immigrants that are creating problems in Oregon. I am speaking about Canada Geese. Do you, my fellow citizens, realize that these avians are crossing the border without having to show any documentation whatsoever? And further, do you know that they mostly take up residence in public parks and wetlands, without offering to even pay a token rent? At least the immigrants that cross our southern border take the dirty, degrading and dangerous jobs that none of the rest of us want. What about the geese? They do nothing but, eat and fly around all day. It is time we ended this outrage by requiring these freeloaders to get a job or go back to Canada!David Pauli

Forest Grove

Make your voice heard on coal plan

The best chance to prevent a global climate disaster is now. That’s one reason 2,000 people packed the coal export hearings near Bellingham, Wash. on Oct. 20.

Another reason is the fact that 36 miles of coal trains are planned for shipment through Vancouver, Wash. and the Columbia River Gorge every day on the way to ports in Coos Bay, St. Helens, Bellingham and Longview.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting public hearings on coal exports in six other cities, including Vancouver. Our hearing will be in Gaiser Student Center of Clark College, Vancouver, on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Please write that on your calendar and come. Invite a friend. Bring a sandwich and stay awhile.For more information, go to PowerPastCoal.org.

Don Steinke

Vancouver