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Letters to the editor for Nov. 5

Occupy what? I don't get it

I hope to learn what the Occupy movement is all about. I see jobless people camping illegally in city parks.

I work two jobs, so hanging out in a park all day is not a luxury I can afford.

As a taxpayer, I will pay to clean up the park after the protesters move on. I also will pay the police overtime. And because I have insurance I will probably foot part of the bill for uninsured people who catch pneumonia while camping in the park.

Where and how is this putting pressure on CEOs and Wall Street to change their culture of corporate rape and pillage in the pursuit of profit?

I don't get it. Please help.

Chad Hamilton

Troutdale

Let's keep the public in the library system

Privatize the county library? Really? This is wrong in so many ways.

First of all, the library levies almost always pass, which shows public support.

Second, our library is No. 2 in the nation for use. And, lastly, with all the changes in society, the library is almost the last place left where rich and poor meet and mingle.

Please, for the sake of sanity, do not privatize our great library.

Don Zoller

Gresham

Cal Ripken League is just as guilty

I would like to share some facts with Eugene Jelinek about the ball fields he so fearlessly defends at Cottrell school.

Cal Ripken ripped them from Mt. Hood Junior Baseball. It was Mt. Hood Junior Baseball that used those fields and did much of the so-called 'work' to improve those fields.

Where was this man when the Cal Ripken League decided it wanted the fields and Mt. Hood Junior Baseball had to go looking for new homes?

There were both future Barlow High School and Sandy High School kids who played together, building strong community bonds that were severed by the actions of the Cal Ripken League.

The Cal Ripken League did not want to pay for our storage shed and snack shack, so we had to move it. Mt. Hood Junior Baseball now is Barlow Junior Baseball and has to use many different fields to accommodate the needs of their teams.

So all I can say is get over it. Do unto others as you would have them do to you.

Timothy J. Schmitt

Sandy

Winter Family Festival returns to Rockwood

Looking for something special to do this holiday season? We invite everyone to participate in a very magical celebration that will happen again this year on Dec. 10 in Rockwood.

The Rockwood Winter Family Festival gathers families of the area together to celebrate the holiday season and bring free festivities and positive interaction to our community.

The Rockwood Business Coalition and other local organizations and businesses work together in gathering donations for giveaways, craft tables and festive music.

Donations are tax deductible, and volunteers are always welcome.

We also are working with Gresham Ford to have this event be a drop-off location for the SnowCap canned food drive.

If you are interested in giving to others or helping to bring smiles to children's faces this holiday season, please send us an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or call us at 503-740-0578 to find out ways of getting involved.

Dina DiNucci

Rockwood Business Coalition

Organizing Committee

Portland