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Letters to the editor for Oct. 15

We can help the hungry

A major thank you to Mara Stine for her insightful article on 'Food Supply in Dire Straits,' in the Oct. 12 edition of The Gresham Outlook.

The timing couldn't have been better, and she is correct in mentioning that we not only have families in need, but food pantries that are struggling to feed those who are less fortunate. The need is out there, especially in the East County area, and if all of us did something on a regular basis, we could take this situation and get it turned around until such time as the economy recovers, which doesn't appear to be anytime soon. With fall upon us, the needs are greater than ever, and the accessibility of homegrown vegetables and fruits tends to dwindle.

There are usually some good sales going each week at our grocery stores, so with that in mind, stick an extra item or two in your shopping cart each week, pick one of the places in the article and drop it off. As the old saying goes, every little bit helps and we all can make a difference.

Alyson Huntting

Gresham

Steve Jobs could be a Right to Life poster child

My wife, Julia, and I suggest that all should remember Steve Jobs had a mother who took him to birth rather that having him aborted.

Together, we think that Steve Jobs could become a great poster child for the right to life.

Jim Duncan

Damascus

Gresham growth calls for better streets

Regarding the growth of Gresham, I have only lived here for 17 years, though I remember coming out to the county fairgrounds as a child. I have never explored the growth and building south of Powell through these past years. My comment on the improvement of north Gresham is the need for more than three north-south through streets.

Kane doesn't count. Hogan, Main and Eastman are not enough. A better traffic grid would not only improve domestic traffic, but might entice commercial enterprises to locate here.

Another longtime gripe: I live in the Rockwood section of Gresham, my mail is handled by the Cherry Blossom office in Troutdale. So why is my mailing address Portland 97233?

K.J. Mahoney

Gresham

Democratic campaign needs better candidate

Are you among those who have concluded that influence of big money in politics is responsible for the bitter divisiveness that prevents us from reaching political consensus on anything? If so, you are not alone.

Multi-million-dollar organizations based in Washington, D.C., Salem and Wichita, Kan., recently dumped tens of thousands of dollars into an election for our state representative, and you can be sure that our needs and concerns were not uppermost in their minds. Worse still, a recent Supreme Court ruling has removed virtually all limits on campaign contributions, assuring that future local elections will be even more cynical, bitter and polarizing than ever.

With this grim prospect in mind, a small group of local citizens over here in the Sandy vicinity believe we have figured out how we can elect a new state representative for House District 52, on a shoestring budget, funded exclusively with small donations from local citizens. That means accepting no money from sources outside of our district whatsoever. All we need is a credible candidate who shares our desire to get the influence of big money out of our politics and is willing to run for state representative in the 2012 Democratic primary.

If you (or someone you know in the Hood River, Corbett, Sandy or mountain communities) might be interested in being such a candidate, please contact us:

Walt Trandum, 503-668-7618, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pat Ryan, 503-668-9423, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Steve Winkler, 503-668-3607, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dick McQueen, 503-622-0162, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Walt Trandum

Sandy

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