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Letters to the editor published Aug. 28

I-5 project benefits more than Woodburn

To the editor:

I recently attended the groundbreaking for the Woodburn I-5 Interchange project. As I have learned more about this project in the past couple of years, I am compelled to extend appreciation to the City of Woodburn, Oregon Department of Transportation and many elected officials that have worked hard for many years to see the project become a reality. Their commitment to making this project happen is going to be a benefit, not only to the Woodburn area, but a regional asset that will benefit freight and commerce, tourists and travelers and the approximately 55,000 commuters who travel between Salem and Portland or vice versa for work.

I am also appreciative for the residents and businesses of Woodburn who will bear much of the inconvenience during construction.

It is exciting to see regional transportation projects such as the Woodburn Interchange, Highway 22 improvements and the new Keizer Transit Center that provide better connectivity and transportation options that make it easier for everyone to travel to and through our entire area.

Diana Dickey

Salem City Council

Salem

Overwatering of school field concerns neighbor

To the editor:

For 14 years, I have been a resident of the Woodburn Senior Estates. My property borders French Prairie Middle School and Lincoln Elementary School.

Over those years, myself, as well as other residents, have expressed our concerns regarding the excessive use of the school district water supply.

We, the taxpayers of Woodburn, do understand that our school lawns need to be maintained.

Also being discussed annually within the community are concerns regarding local school budgets. Students and teachers at many schools are not returning due to budget cuts.

Each summer, I personally view the usage of the school watering system in the soccer field directly behind my house.

It has come to my attention over the years that the community as a whole may not be fully aware to the excessive use of our community water supply.

Approximately three times a month, the water sprinklers are on from Monday to Friday or Saturday, running 24 hours a day. I have viewed sprinklers set directly behind my house for as much as 72 hours, without being moved to another location. There have been times when the sprinklers were running for seven days straight, 24 hours a day.

How can our school district justify this excessive use of our water supply? This is outrageous. What do you, the school taxpayers, think?

After 72 hours of the watering behind my house I ventured into the school field. I sunk into the ground up over my ankles. From a view from my window there have been times I’ve seen standing water in the school field.

Another article in the Independent newspaper was written about our neighboring city of Aurora and their need for water restrictions. Their water restrictions prohibit watering lawns between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and for no more than 20 minutes per 24 hour period. Large sprinkler systems watering for no more than 10 minutes per zone! There can be immediate interruptions of service and fines up to $250 per day violation!

The Woodburn School District could benefit by a water restriction program — such as this.

Judith Slack

Woodburn

Library grateful for community support

To the editor:

The Woodburn Public Library would like to thank all our summer reading participants in making this summer’s programs a great success!

We had 612 people participate in one of the three programs, with 438 books reviewed and 1062 people attending our programs.

We would also like to thank all our prize donors and sponsors for helping to make summer reading possible: Friends of the Woodburn Public Library, Love’s Panderia, La Morenita Tortillas, Wallace Video, High Sierra, and Starbucks Coffee.

The library has surveys available for participants for all the programs at the library or on the library web page under the teen and adult sections. Please take the time to fill out the surveys so you can help us improve the programs for next year.

Elvira Kisser-Sanchez

librarian

Woodburn Public Library

Resident skeptical of district’s future

To the editor:

During the evening of Sept. 5, the Gervais School District will be celebrating the grand opening of their new buildings.

At this time next year, will the district’s parents be as excited about these new buildings as they will be Thursday evening?

At this time next year, will the patrons of the district be satisfied with the operation of the district or sick and tired of the staff’s, administrators’ and school board members’ same old lame excuses for student academic nonperformance and disciplinary problems?

Will these new buildings next year still look nice and new or will these new buildings be all broken and scratched up like the new Gervais High School building that opened in 1964 did in 1965?

That all depends upon the conduct of the district’s staff, administrators and school board members. If they act like adult leaders, not the friends of the students, know and teach the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful adults in today’s adult society, and they treat the students like responsible young adults expecting and demanding responsible behavior, following of the rules, learning the information presented and treating fellow students fairly and equally (i.e. no bullying, intimidation or sexual and physical assault), then things can out work A-OK.

Lenthal Kaup

Gervais