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Letters to the editor: June 8, 2011

Gossip soils society - and a reputation

Events have happened in our small town of Sandy that have led to the defacement of my name, reputation, ability to serve as a volunteer in my child's school and operate in other areas of my life.

My family is known for involvement in the Oregon Trail School District as well as other community activities. Feeling the backlash of such a juvenile nature is sadly proof of a society soiled by gossip - a 'Scarlett Letter' approach to problem-solving.

I would hope that in exercising one's constitutional right to free speech, a more mature platform would better serve everyone involved.

Thank God for the press to screen, review and proceed more professionally.

There are better, and more effective, ways to solve problems without contributing to a gossip-thirsty society.

Before proceeding with hurtful actions, people should ask themselves:

• Can I address the situation or problem in a mature, nonviolent and person-to-person manner?

• Should I seek advice from a neutral source first?

• Will my actions hurt others?

• Will spreading 'frothy litter' make me feel better about the situation and myself?

• Was the resolution, if any, worth it?

• Will I feel shame or guilt for proceeding in such an immature fashion?

Frances Bixby

Sandy

Editor's note: Frances Bixby told The Post that fliers were circulated around town making negative accusations of a personal nature in reference to Bixby.

Thank you for supporting Buddy Poppy program

Sandy VFW Post 4273 would like to thank the Sandy community and businesses for their support in our annual month of May distribution of 'Buddy Poppies.' These donations stay in our community to aid and assist our local veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much while serving their country.

It was also heart-warming to have local businesses, individuals and families of all ages donate what they could in such tough economic times to help fund such a noble cause.

We appreciate the time the Boy and Cub Scout leaders and troops of 662 and 248, Girl Scout Brownie Troop 42572 and the Young Marines gave to help us distribute these poppies, assembled by disabled veterans in VA hospitals. And thanks to all of the managers and employees of the Sandy and Damascus Safeway and Bi-Mart stores, the Sandy Fred Meyer and Sandy Liquor Store for allowing us space to set up our distribution.

We are fortunate to live in such thoughtful and caring communities, and your veterans and families appreciate your support. Your generosity will provide us with resources to help many of our veterans through the tough times they may face. Thank you!

Merle Stewart

Buddy Poppy chairman

VFW Post 4273

Sandy