The following letters appeared in the Jan. 9 edition of The Post:
Hoodland Baskets a success
We want to thank everyone who assisted in sorting food and helped organize deliveries, pick ups, etc. On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21 and 22, the Hoodland Community Christmas Basket program helped approximately 103 families - 400 individuals.
The assistance we received from the Hoodland Women's Club, Mt. Hood Lions Club, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Welches PTCO and the middle school leadership group was fantastic; they help put it all together.
The cash donations - and you donators know who you are - were used for purchasing food where we needed it most. I want to thank the Mt. Hood Lions Club; without their donation of time and space we would be hard-pressed to put the baskets together.
There were others who stepped up to the plate and went above and beyond the normal scope of volunteering. Thank you to the Shays and many others (I can't locate my sign up sheet!).
The core team, Mrs. Dodge, Mrs. Jarman, Ms. Bradley and Mrs. Dueber, were my saviors. They took responsibility for their tasks, and I never had to look back. Thank you, community, for supporting your neighbors!
Hoodland Fire District Christmas Baskets coordinator
We need a new high school
If you still don't think that we need a new high school, talk to the principal and ask for a tour. It's amazing to see 1,400 students elbowing through narrow stairways and crowded halls to get to their next class. My son's friend, Bill, calls it a 'mosh pit' and says that he's seen fights break out because of how crowded it is.
On top of that, add the lines of students trying to get into a restroom and wondering if they'll get to class on time. Walk into the older rooms and smell the musty air and imagine spending hours there every day.
These conditions are bad, but in my mind, the biggest problem is safety and security. How in the world can you keep the school drug-free when there are 50 ways in and out of the place? It's just too easy for people who shouldn't be on campus to come and go unnoticed. Talk to any student and you will be amazed.
If we want to help our kids instead of harming them, we need a better environment than the current high school can provide. It's been 70 years! We shouldn't even be questioning whether or not we need a new high school.
No sympathy for Kitchen family
I can't feel all that sorry for the Kitchen family ('Measure 49 stings Phelps Road family,' Dec. 24 Sandy Post).
They wanted four lots: three on 7.8 acres, and about 24 acres for themselves. Under Measure 49 they can have three home site lots totaling 6.0 acres on their high-value farmland, leaving 26 acres for farming.
Four home sites vs. three home sites, 7.8 acres for home sites vs. 6.0 acres for home sites - not a huge difference.
Yes, they'll have to cluster the lots now. I wonder, though, when the Kitchens built their road. Measure 49 has been in the works since early 2007. Measure 37 claimants knew that a change in the law was possible since then. Anyone who went ahead with construction had to know they were taking a risk.
Measure 49 allows for a vesting option. If the Kitchens are legally vested, they can continue with their plans. If they aren't, they can't. This will be based on established common law. Nothing unfair about that. Their land was, and is, worth plenty of money. A few tens of thousands of dollars in extra expenses doesn't change that fact.
Passing the bond: a right resolution
Thank you so much for recognizing the importance of the bond for a new high school for the Oregon Trail School District and adding it to your list of resolutions. It is time for the community to stand up for our kids and give them the best chance to succeed as possible. A new high school is so desperately needed, it's embarrassing. Anyone who is in doubt needs to go take a tour of the current high school or try to get around campus during a class change. Our kids need this, and so does our community. The fact that we are one in three districts out of 23 that doesn't contribute toward our kids' education (beyond operating costs) doesn't say much for us. Let's unite and give our kids a better future.
Thanks 'fur' everything
As executive director (and manager) of FIDO, the non-profit organization that supports the Clackamas County Dog Shelter, I want to thank Sunni Liston and everyone else who donated time, energy and money to give our dogs the best Christmas ever. And a special debt of gratitude goes to Weiden + Kennedy, for donating $1,000.
I had the enviable task on Dec. 24 of greeting people bringing carload after carload of food, blankets, toys and other needed supplies to the Clackamas County Dog Shelter. It all began when Sunni met two FIDO volunteers at a discount store, shopping for blankets for the dog shelter. She learned about the shelter's needs, and then generously dedicated her energy, time and creativity to spread the word and provide many winter necessities for the dogs cared for at the county dog shelter.
Thank you, Sunni, and all our wonderful supporters, for making such a positive difference in the lives of the dogs at the Clackamas County Dog Shelter. For others who would like to help, please contact FIDO at 971-678-6928 or Clackamas County Dog Services at 503-655-8628.
and DIANA HALLMARK
FIDO, Clackamas County Dog Services